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Cosmetic Surgery Mistakes

For anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and wished to change something about their appearance or wanted to turn back the hands of time, cosmetic surgery may be a viable option. The pressure to retain a youthful appearance is stronger than ever, and media images present pictures of the perfect male and female that are often far from the reality. There is an abundance of options in terms of the types of cosmetic procedures available, and free standing plastic surgery clinics have cropped up in offices and strip malls throughout Florida. Before you make the decision to get any kind of surgery, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers. Injuries from cosmetic surgery can leave sufferers with permanent scarring and disfigurement, as well as cause severe and even life-threatening health problems.

Common Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, over 15 million cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in the United States each year. Men as well as women have their choice of a variety of procedures that can be performed directly in their plastic surgeon’s office, allowing them to have these procedure completed within a matter of hours. In terms of the types of cosmetic surgeries available, there are two basic options: minimally invasive and surgical procedures.

Common minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Chemical peels;
  • Microdermabrasion;
  • Laser hair removal;
  • Soft tissue fillers; and
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox).

Common surgical cosmetic procedures include:

  • Nose reshaping;
  • Liposuction;
  • Facelifts; and
  • Breast augmentation;

For men, cosmetic procedures such as breast reduction and pectoral implants have shown a marked increase in popularity over the last decade.

Injuries Caused by Cosmetic Surgery

Any type of surgery carries inherent risks, and cosmetic surgery is no exception. Possible complications of cosmetic surgery procedures include:

  • Infection at the surgical or injection site;
  • Complications due to anesthesia;
  • Permanent numbness and tingling as the result of nerve damage;
  • Scarring and the formation of scar tissues;
  • Discoloration of the skin;
  • Risks of blood clots and stroke; and
  • High blood pressure and risk of heart attack and heart failure.

To minimize the risk before any type of cosmetic surgery procedure, patients should discuss their medical history thoroughly with their cosmetic surgeon. Make sure the doctor you are seeing is a board certified plastic surgeon, and that the facility in which procedures are performed conforms to state health standards.

Contact an Experienced Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as the result of cosmetic surgery, contact our experienced Florida medical malpractice lawyers today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we understand the serious health ramifications that can result from cosmetic surgery mistakes. Our experienced staff will fight for your rights, and help you receive the damages you need to recover. Serving the entire Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, our lawyers and staff will provide the comprehensive legal service you deserve. Call us at 772-595-6654 for a free consultation today.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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