Undergoing any type of surgery carries certain risks. Most of the time plastic surgery is considered “safe” and with minimal complications, however they are possible and do happen. Here at the Plastic Surgery Hub we constantly remind you to do your homework and reduce your chances of a bad outcome by choosing a surgeon and/or clinic with a quality reputation and experience in your procedure/s. However, no matter how well-prepared you are, you should be aware of the unlikely but present risks.

Hand-in-hand with any surgical procedure is the need to undergo anaesthesia and this in itself has risks associated, such as:

  • Vomiting and nausea;
  • Anaphylaxis;
  • Risks of Plastic SurgeryAllergic reaction;
  • Cardiovascular collapse;
  • Respiratory failure;
  • Aspiration pneumonia;
  • Hypothermia;
  • Brain damage;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Awareness during anaesthesia;
  • Embolisms;
  • Backaches/Headaches;
  • Damage to Teeth;
  • Infection;
  • Death.

Whilst this is a slightly daunting list, the chances of any of these happening are very slight. It is important to discuss with your surgeon if you have any concerns, medical history or family background that may put you at higher risk. It is also a good reason to check that the anesthetist your surgeon uses has plenty of experience and quality training. Your life is not just in your surgeon’s hand, but your anesthetist as well!

Risks associated with any surgical procedures can include:

  • Seroma (fluid build-up/retention);
  • Necrosis (tissue damage);
  • Hematoma (bleeding);
  • Infection, particularly at the site of the incision/s;
  • Loss of feeling;
  • Sepsis (blood poisoning);
  • Blood clots;
  • Problems with the wound healing properly (often a problem more often found in smokers).

These risks are generally attached to any surgery, not just plastic or cosmetic surgery. Too often we hear of stories where plastic surgeries have gone bad, mostly due to the patient trying to save money or waiting time in order to get their procedures done overseas or in “backyard” clinics, read more on this here. Plastic and cosmetic procedures are serious surgeries, so the doctor and clinic you choose could have serious consequences.

Whilst the risks listed above are definitely possible they are minimised by using experienced and qualified surgeon for your procedure, see our list of quality Australian surgeons. When choosing your surgeon ask them what post-operative care they provide so you are able to reduce that risk even further.

Every plastic/cosmetic surgery procedure comes with its own unique risks/side effects. Plastic Surgery Hub lists the individual risks and complications for each procedure on that procedure’s page. To read more on these go here.


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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