Plastic surgery has become increasingly more popular and common in today’s society extending far past Hollywood. Whether it’s a celebrity, a friend, a family member, or Kim Kardashian, we all know someone who has undergone some type of plastic surgery procedure.
Sometimes people get plastic surgery for purely aesthetic reasons, but sometimes people get it to adjust certain bodily functions, or, of course, to do both. Either way, when we think of plastic surgery, we kind of consider it as normal. Maybe a little rich and prissy, but relatively normal.
We think of celebrities and their boob jobs, nose jobs, facelifts, lipo, and now butt implants. When we consider plastic surgery gone wrong, we think of an occasional botched procedure, or Michael Jackson’s nose jobs. However, there is another side to plastic surgery, and that’s the dangerous side of it where the risks can, and sometimes do, turn into complications.
Of course, there are all different types of plastic surgery, and each type has some risks and possible complications that accompany the procedure. Obviously, some risks and possible complications are more serious than others, and some turn into actual complications more often.
Plastic surgery is a surgery after all, so the dangers can be very serious. So, while we might think of plastic surgery as a trendy thing to be like celebrities, plastic surgery can be very dangerous. Here’s a list of the most dangerous plastic surgeries:
5. Butt Implants and Injections –
Butt implants and butt injections, otherwise known as gluteal augmentation, is a newly popular procedure that can be very complicated. Involving multiple different techniques and procedures, there’s no one way to perform a gluteal augmentation. Procedures can involve a gluteal implant, body contouring, and liposculpture (which is when a surgeon transfers fat using liposuction).
Depending on how the surgeon performs this procedure, there are many possible risks that increase with how complicated the procedure gets. Risks and possible complications include things such as infection, bleeding, excessive swelling, implant rupture and implant migration, sciatic nerve pressure, scarring, seroma, nerve damage, and exposing the implant.
In the past few years of this surgery becoming more popular, there have been multiple cases (some high-profile cases) of patients dying due to the complications from procedures involving butt implants as well as butt injections. If you plan to get a butt implant anytime soon, definitely be cautious and do your research and make sure you get high-quality work done.
4. Liposuction –
While liposuction is one of the most commonly thought of plastic surgery procedure, it is not as simple and nothing as people tend to consider it as. It’s not a quick vacuum job removing someone’s fat, it’s much more serious than that.
Liposuction involves the reduction and removal of localized fat deposits in certain areas of the patient’s body. While this is one of the more common surgeries people undergo, and is successful and safe quite often, there are also quite a few more deaths than most would imagine. Liposuction involves some of the riskiest complications in plastic surgery, such as blood clots, perforations in the stomach wall, systemic infections, and fat clogs in the lung. Many of these complications can lead to death if they are bad enough, and when they occur simultaneously lipo can easily, and has certainly, lead to a few deaths.
3. Tummy Tuck –
Like liposuction, tummy tucks are a surprise on this list because they are among the most common plastic surgery for both men and women. Abdominoplasty is a procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen area, and then involves the tightening of the abdomen skin in order to enhance the stomach’s appearance.
Tummy tucks always run the risk of several complications including the excessive build-up of fluid (seronoma), poor wound healing, numbness, scarring, bleeding, and tissue necrosis. Tummy tucks have been ranked as one of the more dangerous plastic surgeries for quite some time now as it’s complications can end up being extremely serious.
2. Facial Reconstruction Surgeries –
Facial reconstructive surgeries are similar to butt lifts in that each surgery by each surgeon is bound to be different in techniques and process. Facial reconstructive surgeries usually deal with several areas at once and due to the area involve very complex and complicated techniques required delicacy. Some facial reconstruction is purely aesthetic, but most of them deal with reconstructing people’s facial structures following some previous trauma or injury that disfigured their structures.
Procedures can range from things such as facial reanimations, skull base reconstruction, nose reconstruction, and other facial trauma reconstructive procedures. However, among one of the most dangerous surgeries is the orthognathic surgery, which involves reshaping and structuring the jaw. With several critical blood vessels in that area, the room for error and complication is very small, making this one of the most dangerous.
1. Body Lift –
It’s no surprise that probably the most intensive procedure is the most dangerous. Also known as a belt lipectomy, a body lift involves multiple other procedures too. Specifically, a body lift lifts the belly, the buttocks, the thighs, the genitals, and the breasts. Body lifts then improve the shape and tone of the tissue underneath the fat and skin.
Since it basically involves up to 5 procedures, body lifts take a very long time, which ultimately makes them the most dangerous procedure. Body lifts take anywhere from 4-8 hours, so the patient is under anesthesia for that amount of time. The longer their under, the higher the risk is for cardiovascular issues. In addition, the extended surgery times add a lot of time to the recovery time, which increases the risk of a challenging recovery.
At the end of the day, remember that plastic surgery is still surgery, and there is always a risk involved. That’s why it is absolutely important to prepare yourself as much as possible before considering any procedures, as the slightest bit of understanding can prevent a disaster. And, as always, never forget that you can ask your doctor any specific questions you might have as they can give you much more specific advice from an expert point of view.