Is Cosmetic Surgery Really Worth It?


With ever increasing numbers of patients choosing to go under the knife, the cosmetic surgery industry is booming. All procedures from breast augmentations, through to non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers becoming increasingly common across all corners of the globe. But, are patients taking enough time to research their procedures before hand?

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery is daunting. And, like all forms of surgery, there are inherent risks that need to be identified before making your final decision. It is absolutely essential that you do thorough research in order to prepare yourself for any possible side effects that have the potential to occur, along with understanding the symptoms that you need to be able to recognize in case things do go wrong.

Listed below are some of the most common complications associated with cosmetic surgery. There is only a small percentage of people who will ever experience any of these issues, however with hundreds of thousands of procedures being carried out each year, it is worth taking note.

General Appearance Dissatisfaction

Whilst cosmetic surgery is supposed to boost your confidence, there are instances where patients are left disappointed with the outcome of their surgery. This is why it is essential that you carry out ample research before your procedure takes place, so that your expectations are managed from the offset.

In some instances, poor surgical technique can lead to disfigurement, such as asymmetrical breasts or prominent scarring following a tummy tuck. This is why you should ensure that you research your surgeon, asking for before and after pictures where necessary.

Nerve Damage

Some cosmetic surgery procedures are extremely invasive. Therefore, there is a risk that the surrounding nerves can be damaged during the procedure. The symptoms of nerve damage can include numbness, loss of sensation and persistent tingling in one or more areas of the body.


A haematoma is gathering of blood underneath the skin, which usually presents itself as an unsightly bruise. Though they are normally harmless, they can be sensitive, or even cause pain when touched. Developing a haematoma can happen with all types of surgery, however in regards to plastic surgery, it is a common occurrence in facelifts. Most cases will disappear with time, however in more extreme cases, treatment may be needed to drain blood from the area.

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can develop without any known reason, however the risk is heightened following a surgical procedure. is heightened. DVT is caused when a blood clot develops in one of the deep veins in the body. The symptoms include pain and swelling in the leg. Unfortunately, if part of the blood clots breaks away, it can be become fatal as there is a risk of it travelling to the one of the main artery’s attached to the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism.

Organ Damage

Organ damage during surgery only happens in a very small number of cases, however it has been known to occur, especially during liposuction procedures. This is due to the aggressive nature of removing the fat from the body. The cannula that is used during liposuction is thrust into the body repeatedly, and, if this is done without due care and attention, there is a very high risk of bruising, or puncturing a near by organ.

Your consultant has a legal duty to inform you of any risks that are associated with cosmetic procedure, before you consent. However, to protect your own safety, you should conduct as much research as possible prior to the procedure to ensure that you are sufficiently educated on the events that are going to take place before, after and during your surgery. Though complications are rare, they, as well as cases of cosmetic surgery negligence do happen so ensure you take all of these risks into consideration. You need to ensure that the benefits outweigh the potential negatives of plastic surgery.

  • All in all it makes a mess out of you? I get scared with the thought itself!

    • Well, nature fights back What goes around comes back around.

  • Agree with Archie… it’s much messy affair! I think it’s better to stay natural and flaunt your God gifted skin! 🙂

    • Failures in cosmetic surgery are really horrible, so, yes, it’s better to stay natural.

  • Well the effects you mentioned are scary surely but there are cases where lives are saved due to stomach stapling and the like…so depends on the need i think.

    • Stomach stapling is not really a Cosmetic surgery. We’re discussing Cosmetic Surgery which are used to enhance beauty. And, they don’t always go bad. A very few times they do.