What Is The Most Dangerous Plastic Surgery
If you’re anything like me, you probably have an idea what plastic surgery entails (and if you don’t, I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of horror stories). But did you know that there are some procedures out there that are even more risky than others? In this article we’ll take a look at three of them and find out just how dangerous they can be.
Botulinum Toxin Cosmetic Procedures
The first is botox injections. Botox was originally developed as a poison to help humans control their muscles during wartime, but today it has become hugely popular for its ability to temporarily paralyze facial muscle groups. It works by blocking acetylcholine receptors on facial nerve endings, preventing the release of neurotransmitters responsible for causing muscle contractions. This means that when someone gets a botox injection, their face will remain relaxed. While that sounds pretty great, it also means that any area of the face which relies heavily on these contracted muscles could end up looking weird. For example, if your eyebrows are too high or too low, getting a few extra injections around the brow might make your eyes look larger or more open (which isn’t necessarily a good thing) while giving your mouth a permanent frown would cause you to drool constantly (not a very attractive trait).
According to Dr. Mofid, “One of the most common types of complications from a botox treatment involves a patient who receives a large dose of the toxin into areas where it does not belong… such as the eyelids.” He says that patients who get botox injections near the eye should avoid lying down right afterwards because it could lead to retinal damage from the needle puncturing the cornea. If something like this happens, your doctor should remove the injected material with forceps under sterile conditions immediately. They should then perform laser surgery on the affected area to seal off the hole.
Another type of complication that could happen is a reaction called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), which usually occurs within 24 hours of having botox administered. Symptoms include fever, severe rash, blistering skin lesions, and painful stools. These symptoms typically resolve themselves within 7-10 days, but sometimes they may last longer. Fortunately, no fatalities have been reported due to AGEP.
Plastic Surgeries That Require General Anesthesia
The next riskier type of plastic surgery comes about when general anesthesia is required. As mentioned before, botox requires local anesthesia, so many people assume that other types of plastic surgeries must also require only local anesthesia. However, certain types of procedures actually require general anesthesia. One of those types is rhinoplasty, better known as nose jobs. According to Dr. Mofid, “Complications associated with nasal surgery are numerous and can range from bleeding, infection, breathing problems, stroke, blindness, paralysis, [or] loss of consciousness.” Because of all of the possible dangers involved, he recommends that anyone considering undergoing a nose job talk to both their surgeon as well as anesthesiologist beforehand.
As far as breast augmentation goes, not every kind of breast implant poses a serious threat to life. Silicone gel implants do pose a greater danger than saline ones because silicone gel tends to migrate towards the brain over time, potentially leading to long term health risks. Another factor that makes silicone gel implants more dangerous is that they are prone to rupture. Rupture of a silicone gel breast implant can result in a massive amount of fluid being released into surrounding tissues, often resulting in scar tissue forming around the implant which causes blockages in nearby blood vessels. When this happens, it can cut off oxygen supply to vital organs like the heart, lungs, and kidneys, potentially leading to death.
So why aren’t silicone gel implants banned altogether? Well, despite the fact that they’re less safe, silicone gel remains much safer than traditional breast implants. Saline implants, on the other hand, are extremely dangerous because they are prone to leaking and rupturing. Even worse, unlike silicone gel implants, once a saline implant leaks, it can travel through your entire body, potentially ending up lodged somewhere like your brain or spinal cord. Due to their extreme danger, anyone who wants either a saline or silicone gel breast implant needs to have it removed as soon as possible, preferably during surgery.
Other Types Of Dangerous Plastic Surgery
Lastly, let’s take a quick peek at two other kinds of plastic surgery that are considered relatively minor compared to the previous two categories. Laser resurfacing is actually used to treat sun damaged skin, stretch marks, scars, and wrinkles. Basically, lasers heat up parts of the skin until they turn into carbonized fibers, essentially tearing away layers without cutting deep enough to affect the deeper dermis. Although it doesn’t sound that bad, a study conducted by Dermatology Times revealed that nearly half of the participants suffered burns after receiving laser resurfacing treatments.
Laser hair removal is another form of plastic surgery that involves using lasers to destroy hair follicles. The FDA approves of laser hair removal as a medical service, but cautions against doing it yourself. The reason for this is that although lasers can theoretically destroy hair follicles, it’s difficult to determine whether the destruction is permanent.
Overall, none of these four types of plastic surgery are particularly dangerous unless done improperly. Still, since each carries a small chance of injury or death, it pays to consult with a reputable board certified plastic surgeon, ask lots of questions, and keep informed about any potential risks.
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