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The Hidden Costs of Facial Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery isn’t always like it is on popular television shows like Nip/Tuck. There are significant risks, such as scarring, hair loss, infection, and necrosis.


Most cosmetic surgical procedures require one or more incisions. As a result, there is a wound that the surgeon needs to close and dress, and a risk, even if it is dressed properly and all the right protocols are followed for healing, that it will heal improperly and leave scar tissue. Consider where the incisions might be made for facial cosmetic surgery: at the hairline, under the eyes, beside or behind the ears, at the lips, and so on. These areas are all quite visible to the casual observer, with the exception of incisions behind the ears. A scar in any one of those places would not be merely unattractive; it would be distracting and obvious, a signal to anyone who cared to look that they were facing a botched procedure.

Hair Loss

Facelifts in particular are performed with an incision at the hairline or somewhat higher up on the scalp. The skin is pulled up, repositioned, and the scalp is reattached. The parts of the scalp that are incised for the procedure must be shaved so they can be manipulated safely, and once they are sewn up there is a decent likelihood that the hair loss will not grow back over the incision, leaving the scar visible even if hair grows back around it.


With aggressive and drug-resistant strains of bacteria like MRSA haunting the operating rooms of this country, there is no knowing what lies waiting for you when your skin is open on the table. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, there is no way to guarantee a 100% sterile surgical environment, and hospital recovery areas are often incubators for infectious diseases. If an infection enters the surgical site, it can become harmful or even gangrenous easily.


The most intimidating risk of plastic surgery is necrosis. If a tissue is moved, as with a facelift for instance, it needs to form attachments to the new site, a process that is straining and not always successful. If the surgery is not performed correctly or healing goes poorly, parts of the tissue could actually go into necrosis - they could die. The necrotic tissue would have to be removed entirely so that the necrosis and subsequent decomposition do not spread.

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