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Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery

Risks and complications

Risks and Complications Information for Patients of Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna

You have probably heard about plastic surgery, and it’s likely that you know someone who has undergone it. It’s become a common phenomenon in our society, with millions of procedures performed every year worldwide. But, are you aware of the potential plastic surgery risks and complications that come with it? Before you step into the operating room, it’s essential to understand these aspects thoroughly.

Plastic surgery is a significant decision that needs careful thought and consideration. It’s not as simple as just ‘fixing’ or ‘improving’ your appearance. It’s a medical procedure that carries with it certain risks and complications, just like any other surgery. While the outcomes can be positive, the flip side of the coin also needs to be contemplated.

In this page, Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, will discuss the risks that plastic surgery entails, focusing on the potential complications of plastic surgery, and how you can minimise them. Whether you’re considering a breast augmentation, reduction, or a different kind of plastic surgery, it’s important to know what to expect.


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What Is Plastic Surgery?

Before getting to the risks, let’s first understand what plastic surgery is. In simple terms, it’s a specialised branch of surgery that involves repairing or reconstructing parts of the body. Some people opt for plastic surgery for medical reasons, such as after a mastectomy or to repair injuries from accidents. Others choose it for cosmetic reasons, to enhance their physical appearance.

It’s important to remember that the term ‘plastic’ in plastic surgery doesn’t mean artificial. It comes from the Greek word ‘plastikos’, which means to shape or mould. So, plastic surgery is essentially about reshaping or remodelling parts of the body.

However, despite its popularity and the advances in medical technology, plastic surgery is not without risks. It’s a serious decision that requires a thorough understanding of what’s involved, including the potential plastic surgery risks and complications.

General Complications that Can Occur after Plastic Surgery

While many of these risks are common across different surgical procedures, the likelihood of each risk can vary based on the specific surgery, the plastic surgeon’s expertise, the patient’s health status, and post-operative care. It’s essential for patients to have a thorough discussion with Anca Breahna about potential risks and benefits before undergoing any surgical procedure.

Here are some general complications that could occur after plastic surgery interventions:

  • Scarring: Virtually all surgeries involve incisions, which can lead to scarring. The size, location, and appearance of scars will vary based on the procedure and individual healing factors
  • Infection: Any surgical procedure that involves making incisions or penetrating the skin carries a risk of infection. Proper wound care and sterile surgical techniques are crucial to minimise this risk
  • Blood Clots: Surgeries, especially those that involve prolonged immobilisation or are more invasive, can increase the risk of blood, which can potentially travel to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This risk is present in many surgeries, particularly those involving the lower extremities, pelvis, or lengthy operative times
  • Poor Wound Healing: Any surgery that requires an incision can lead to issues with wound healing. Factors like smoking, underlying health conditions, poor nutrition, or complications during the procedure can contribute to delayed or poor wound healing
  • Fluid Accumulation (Seroma): Seromas can develop after many types of surgeries, especially those that involve the removal of tissue, creating a potential space for fluid accumulation. Procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction, and facelifts can also have this risk
  • Numbness or Altered Sensation: Surgeries that involve cutting near nerves can result in temporary or permanent changes in sensation. This is common in procedures like breast surgeries, facelifts, and certain orthopaedic surgeries
  • Unfavourable Cosmetic Outcome: Any cosmetic surgery carries the risk of not meeting the patient’s expectations in terms of appearance. This can be due to factors like individual healing, surgical technique, or post-operative complications
  • Anaesthesia Risks: Any procedure that requires anaesthesia, whether general or local, carries potential risks. These can include allergic reactions, breathing difficulties, and other anaesthesia-related complications
  • Chronic Pain: While pain is expected after surgery, chronic pain that persists long after the expected healing time can occur with various procedures, especially if there are complications or nerve involvement
  • Tissue Necrosis: The risk of tissue death or necrosis is present in surgeries that might compromise blood flow to a particular area. This is especially a concern in procedures like skin grafts, facelifts, or surgeries in areas with limited blood supply
  • Complications with Sutures: Any surgery that requires sutures, whether internal or external, carries the risk of suture-related complications. These can include suture breakage, migration, or allergic reactions to suture material

Specific Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery

Specific risks and complications

It’s important to understand that different types of plastic surgeries come with specific risks. For example, the risks of breast augmentation and blepharoplasty risks can vary significantly. Here are some specific risks of different plastic surgery procedures:

Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery

These include the potential for an unfavourable cosmetic outcome, such as asymmetry or unsatisfactory scar placement. There’s also the risk of fluid accumulation (seroma) in the surgical area, which may require drainage. Numbness or altered sensation around the surgical site is common and can be temporary or, in rare cases, permanent. Additionally, tissue necrosis, where the tissue in the operated area doesn’t receive adequate blood flow leading to tissue death, is a concern, especially among smokers.

Liposuction Risks and Potential Complications

Common side effects include bruising, swelling, and temporary numbness in the treated areas. More serious complications can encompass infections, fluid accumulation (seroma), and there’s also the risk of contour irregularities, where the skin may appear bumpy, wavy, or withered due to uneven fat removal or poor skin elasticity. In rare cases, a fat embolism might occur, where loosened fat enters the bloodstream and travels to the lungs or brain.

Breast Augmentation Risks and Complications

Common concerns include scarring, pain, and changes in nipple or breast sensation, which can be temporary or permanent. There’s also the risk of implant complications such as rupture, where the implant breaks or leaks, and capsular contracture, where scar tissue forms around the implant, causing it to harden and become misshapen. Over time, implants may shift, leading to asymmetry or an undesirable appearance. Infections, although rare, can occur post-operatively. Additionally, breast implants don’t last a lifetime and may require replacement or revision surgeries in the future.

Breast Surgery – Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Fat Transfer to the Breasts Risks

Breast surgeries, encompassing breast reduction, breast lift, and fat transfer to the breasts, are procedures designed to reshape, resize, or enhance the breasts. Each comes with its unique set of potential risks and complications:

  1. Breast Reduction: Aimed at reducing the size of overly large breasts, potential risks include scarring, asymmetry between the breasts, and changes in nipple or breast sensation. There’s also the possibility of complications with breastfeeding in the future Breast Lift (Mastopexy): This procedure lifts sagging breasts to a more youthful position. Risks include scarring, potential loss of nipple sensation, and asymmetry. As with other surgeries, there’s a chance of poor wound healing, especially in areas where the skin is sutured together
  2. Fat Transfer to the Breasts: This involves removing fat from one part of the body (usually the abdomen or thighs) and injecting it into the breasts. Risks include fat necrosis, where the transferred fat cells don’t survive, leading to the formation of small, hard lumps. There’s also the possibility of uneven absorption of the fat, resulting in asymmetry. In some cases, the transferred fat might be mistaken for calcifications or breast lumps during mammograms, complicating breast cancer detection

Body Contouring Procedures Risks and Complications (arm lift, thigh lift)

Body contouring procedures, including arm lift (brachioplasty) and thigh lift, aim to reshape and refine the body’s silhouette by removing excess skin and fat. While they can significantly enhance one’s appearance, they are not without potential risks and complications. Scarring is a common concern, as incisions are necessary for both procedures, and the scars, though strategically placed, can still be noticeable. There’s also the risk of asymmetry, where one side may not mirror the other perfectly. Temporary or permanent changes in skin sensation, such as numbness, can occur due to nerve disruption. Additionally, complications like poor wound healing, seromas (fluid accumulation), and infections can arise post-operatively.

Labiaplasty Surgery Potential Complications

Labiaplasty, a surgical procedure aimed at reshaping or reducing the size of the labia minora, has gained popularity for both cosmetic and functional reasons. While many patients report satisfaction with the results, the surgery is not without potential complications. Scarring is a concern, though it’s typically minimal and discreetly located. Changes in sensation or numbness in the treated area can occur, which might be temporary or, in rare cases, permanent. Over-resection or uneven removal of tissue can lead to aesthetic dissatisfaction or functional issues. There’s also a risk of wound separation, prolonged swelling, and infections post-operatively. Complications can impact sexual satisfaction or cause discomfort during intercourse.

How to Minimise the Risks of Plastic Surgery

Risks and complications of plastic surgery

With careful planning and adherence to guidelines, the risks of plastic surgery can be significantly reduced. Here are some recommendations on how to minimise the potential dangers associated with plastic surgery:

  1. Choose a Certified and Experienced Surgeon: The importance of selecting a qualified plastic surgeon cannot be overstated. A surgeon like consultant plastic surgeon Anca Breahna is an excellent example of what to look for. Ensure that the plastic surgeon is board-certified by a recognised institution. This certification is an indication of their expertise and adherence to high standards of practice
  2. Verify Credentials and Experience: Don’t just take their word for it. Ask for proof of their qualifications. Inquire about their experience, especially concerning the specific procedure you’re considering. A seasoned plastic surgeon will have a wealth of experience and will be more adept at handling any complications that might arise
  3. Request Before-and-After Photos: These photos offer a visual testament to a plastic surgeon’s work. They can give you an idea of the results to expect and the quality of the surgeon’s work. However, ensure that these photos are of actual patients and not stock images
  4. Adhere to Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions: Your plastic surgeon will provide a list of dos and don’ts before and after the surgery. This might include dietary restrictions, avoiding certain activities, and medication guidelines. For instance, smoking can impede the healing process, so it’s recommended to quit or at least reduce smoking before the surgery. Similarly, some medications can increase the risk of bleeding, so they should be avoided
  5. Discuss Your Medical History: It’s essential to be transparent about your medical history. Conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, or any allergies can influence the surgery’s outcome. A thorough discussion will help the plastic surgeon tailor the procedure to your specific needs and conditions
  6. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy body recovers faster. Ensure you’re eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and getting regular exercise. This will not only aid in a smoother recovery but also enhance the results of the surgery

When to Seek Medical Attention after Plastic Surgery

Post-operative care is as crucial as the preparation leading up to the surgery. While it’s natural to experience some discomfort, it’s vital to differentiate between normal post-surgery symptoms and potential complications.

  • Monitor for Severe Symptoms: Mild pain, slight swelling, and minimal redness might be expected. However, if you experience intense pain, excessive swelling, or deep redness, it’s a cause for concern
  • Watch Out for Fever: A fever post-surgery could be indicative of an infection. It’s essential to address this immediately to prevent any further complications
  • Stay in Touch with Your Plastic Surgeon: Regular check-ups post-surgery are a must. However, if you notice any unusual symptoms or if something doesn’t feel right, don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. Reach out to your plastic surgeon immediately

Further Reading about Plastic Surgery with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna

Medical References about Risks and Complications of Plastic Surgery

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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