Advances in plastic surgery techniques and recovery methods have made serious side effects less common in recent years. However, many types of plastic surgery are still fairly invasive procedures, and as such side effects are expected in the days and weeks following the surgery. Though side effects tend to vary widely between procedures, some are more common across the board than others. Here are some of the side effects you may experience following cosmetic surgery.
Hematoma: A hematoma is a painful pocket of blood that often forms under the skin following surgery. If the hematoma does not go away on its own, the blood can be drained in a second procedure.
Bruising: Bruising around the site of the incision occurs in almost all surgeries. It usually disappears within a week.
Soreness: Soreness, tenderness and itching are all common after plastic surgery. In general, post-surgery pain is manageable with over-the-counter painkillers.
Swelling: Swelling, redness and puffiness also occur after a surgery. Like bruising, it usually goes away after a few days, but can be a tell-tale sign of a cosmetic procedure until it does.
Numbness: Temporary numbness is not uncommon following cosmetic surgery and usually goes away within a few days. However, in some cases some degree of numbness becomes permanent due to nerve damage.
Discuss side effects with your doctor before undergoing cosmetic surgery, and don’t hesitate to contact him or her after the procedure if you are concerned about something.