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Risks And Side Effects Of Cosmetic Surgery

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Risks and Side Effects of Cosmetic Surgery
Misty McIntyre
May 2, 2010
Carolyn Clausell

Cosmetic surgery is a surgical procedure that changes a person’s physical features and appearance. These procedures are widely used in today’s society. Four cosmetic procedures that are among the most popular include Augmentation Mamaplasty, Rhinoplasty, Lipoplasty, and Abdominoplasty. These procedures involve the reconstruction of a person’s physical features such as, the nose, abdomen, or breast. Like any surgery, these procedures come with their own risks and side effects. Although not all people experience side effects, cosmetic ...view middle of the document...

” (Ceatus Media Group LLC, 2010). More major effects can involve problems with mammography, leaking, and rupture. The other side to breast augmentation is the breast lift. A breast lift is also a surgical procedure performed to reshape and reconstruct the breasts. This surgery is performed without the need for implants, unless it is done in conjunction with breast implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), “93,000 breast lift procedures were performed in 2005.” (Ceatus Media Group LLC, 2010). Like breast implant surgery, breast lifts also come with positive and negative effects. As with any cosmetic surgery, the biggest positive effect is the ability to raise one’s self-consciousness. At the same time, there is always the risk of minor to major negative effects. Infections and reactions to anesthesia are the most common side effects to any surgery. With breast lifts there is also the posed threat of “permanent scarring and excessive bleeding.” (Ceatus Media Group LLC, 2010).
The second most popular cosmetic surgery is Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job. Along with Augmentation Mamaplasty, Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in today’s society. Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure used in reconstructing the shape and size of a person’s nose. Although most people choose Rhinoplasty for his/her own personal satisfaction, some choose it for medical purposes such as, injuries and birth defects. Just like the procedures discussed above, Rhinoplasty also comes with positive and negative effects. The ability to fix a person’s nose after a serious injury or birth defect is one of the biggest positive effects from Rhinoplasty. Without it, a person would have to live with a deformity, by no fault of his/her own, for the rest of their lives. And of course, another popular positive effect is the need for personal satisfaction. Some people are just not happy with the looks he/she were given and choose to have surgery to raise their self-consciousness. Though uncommon and mostly minor, Rhinoplasty comes with its own risks of negative side effects. A wound infection is one of the most common side effects with any surgery. “The chance of developing a wound infection as a Rhinoplasty side effect is lower than 2%.” (Rondeau, 2010). Another negative effect is the rupturing of blood vessels. If this happens, “you may notice small red spots on your nose.” (Rondeau, 2010). This is not a serious or permanent effect, but should not be overlooked. Abnormal nose shape and nosebleeds are two more side effects that can occur, but with patience and special attention to doctor’s orders are not very likely to happen. The least likely, but most dangerous negative side effects is toxic shock syndrome. “Fever, vomiting, diarrhea and sunburn-like rash are the common symptoms, and should be reported to your doctor immediately.” (Rondeau, 2010). With proper...

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