While plastic surgery is usually for elective procedures and not for that of a serious medical condition, many people seeking certain forms of physical self-improvement fail to realize that it is in fact an invasive, risky and severely painful medical procedure. While a new nose or bigger boobs may seem to be in a different league from, say, organ surgery, it can have the same potentially fatal results. Any surgery involves the risk of:
o Blood clots
o Anesthesia or medication reactions
o Respiratory complications
While all forms of surgery are dangerous, cosmetic surgery has some additional possible complications including:
o Severe infections and sepsis
o Debilitating physical pain
o Disturbances in mental state
o Financial emergencies
o Emotional pain and suffering
The Prevalence of Careless and Negligent Plastic Surgeons
Because of the common disassociation between cosmetic surgery and other non-elective medical procedures, many patients fail to put the same time and work into finding a dependable, accredited and skilled surgeon. There are countless negligent and careless plastic surgeons in the US. They bank on unsuspecting customers that do not realize the inherent risk associated with any type of surgery.
Because these elective surgeries are generally not covered by insurance, they can result in severe loss of income. Unless the patient is very wealthy prior to surgery, if something goes wrong, he or she risks medical bankruptcy. Negligent plastic surgeons are aware of this and know that patients who are victims of their negligent actions may feel that they are not able to afford suing for medical malpractice.
People seeking cosmetic surgery should be aware of all the potential risks. Plastic surgeons also have a duty to disclose the risks of any particular procedure so the patient can make an informed decision about whether or not to go through with the surgery. They are required by law to state all the possible dangers and their statistical likelihood of happening. If a patient experiences any complications due to plastic surgery and was not given explicit information regarding the risks of the procedure, he or she has grounds to sue for medical malpractice.
Plastic surgery requires a great deal of skill. To practice this form of surgery, a surgeon must go through a number of tough accreditation procedures as well as participate in routine continuing education programs in his or her field.