This is a relatively new non-surgical procedure that has shot to popularity. Botox stands for botulinum toxin, which causes food poisoning outbreaks. When used in cosmetics, however, it can stop muscle concentration and eliminate frown lines. The risks associated with botox include: headache, flu-like symptoms, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness. If the wrong facial area is injected, you can be left with drooping eyelids for several weeks. Since the effect of botox is only temporary, repeat injections are needed every six months to avoid frown lines.
Since any surgery carries risk, it is important to know what you’re letting yourself in for by opting to have cosmetic surgery. While it is highly likely that you will have a trouble-free operation and recovery, there is always a chance that something will go wrong. Often, cosmetic surgery means performing an operation on a physically healthy individual, so it’s important to consider your good health as your most precious asset.
Anaesthesia – some people have bad reactions to being sedated, and may experience: abnormal heart rhythm, airway obstruction, blood clots, brain damage, heart attack, malignant hyperthermia, nerve damage, stroke, temporary paralysis, or even death.
Aspiration – occurs if you vomit during surgery and it is forced into the lungs. Besides mild discomfort, it can cause infections, a chronic cough, obstruction in the lungs, or pneumonia.
Blood loss – is normal with any procedure, however losing an excessive amount can cause major complications, such as severe anaemia. Bleeding after surgery can accumulate under the skin and require a second operation if it doesn’t absorb into the body.
Blood clots – in the veins can be fatal. Longer procedures and time under general anaesthesia can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If you’re having liposuction in your legs you are at greater risk.
Drop in blood pressure – a sudden drop due to blood loss can cause an irregular heartbeat and possibly a heart attack.
Infection – the risk is less than 1% and antibiotics reduce this further. However, if infection does arise, it can be serious. If you smoke, take steroids, or have certain vascular conditions you are at greater risk.
Loose sutures – if your sutures come loose this can lead to internal bleeding or a hernia, and would require a further operation.
Skin death or necrosis – may occur after an infection or haematoma, and is much more likely in smokers.
Slow healing – may occur due to age, skin type, or failure to follow the doctor’s advice.
Numbness and tingling – due to injured nerves is often temporary but can sometimes be permanent.
Seroma – is where fluid collects under the skin, possibly after breast augmentation, liposuction, or tummy tuck.