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What are the risks associated with cosmetic surgery?

  • Posted: Wednesday 01 July, 2015
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Skin loss
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Anaesthesia risks
  • Skin discolouration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Major wound separation
  • Asymmetry
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result

Information is also available from the New Zealand Medical Council