Surgical Procedures

Risks of Facial Cosmetic Surgery: What to Know

While so many individuals turn to facial cosmetic surgery as a means to achieve their desired look, and with such procedures being able to provide remarkable results, it is essential to understand the potential risks and complications of plastic surgery. In doing so, you’ll learn why it is paramount to research and select a surgeon who has the correct credentials and patient satisfaction results. Below, we will delve into the world of facial cosmetic surgery, shedding light on the importance of being well-informed before undergoing any procedure.

Understanding Facial Cosmetic Surgery:
Facial cosmetic surgery encompasses a wide range of procedures to help improve the appearance of your facial features. These procedures can include rhinoplasty (nose job), facelifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), brow lifts, and more. It is crucial to comprehend that, like any surgical intervention, facial cosmetic surgery carries inherent risks that need to be carefully considered.

Potential Risks and Complications:

a. Anesthesia-related Risks:
Before any surgical facial cosmetic surgery, patients must undergo anesthesia. Although advancements in anesthesia techniques have significantly reduced the associated risks, it is important to acknowledge that there are still potential complications. These may include adverse reactions to anesthesia, respiratory problems, or even rare cases of anesthesia awareness. It is imperative to discuss these risks thoroughly with your surgeon and anesthesiologist before the procedure. With a decade plus of experience, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Champagne, has personally selected his small team of experienced professionals to give you the safest and most effective solutions before your procedure.

b. Infection and Poor Wound Healing:
Although rare, as with any surgical procedure, the risk of infection exists in facial cosmetic surgery. Infections can occur during or after the surgery and may require antibiotic treatment or, in severe cases, surgical intervention. Additionally, poor wound healing can lead to complications such as excessive scarring, skin necrosis, or delayed recovery. Adhering to our very in-depth post-operative care instructions is crucial to minimize these risks.

c. Hematoma and Seroma Formation:
Hematoma refers to the accumulation of blood under the skin, while seroma is the buildup of fluid. Both complications can occur after facial cosmetic surgery and may necessitate drainage or aspiration. Although uncommon, these complications can cause discomfort, delay healing, and potentially affect the final aesthetic outcome. By offering close monitoring and follow-up appointments, we are confident in our vital detection and management of these issues if they were to occur.

d. Nerve Damage and Sensation Changes:
Facial cosmetic surgery involves delicate anatomical structures, including nerves. Despite surgeons’ best efforts, nerve damage can occur, resulting in temporary or permanent sensation changes, such as numbness or hypersensitivity in the treated areas. While these complications are generally rare, it is important to discuss the potential risks and the expected outcomes with your surgeon before the procedure.

e. Unsatisfactory Results and Psychological Impact:
Although surgeons strive to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome, there is always a possibility of unsatisfactory results. It is crucial to have realistic expectations and thoroughly discuss your goals and concerns with your surgeon during the preoperative consultations. In some cases, revision surgery may be required to address any concerns. Additionally, it is essential to consider the potential psychological impact of facial cosmetic surgery and to be mentally prepared for the recovery process. Dr. Champagne is an expert within the field of revision surgery and has become a trusted healthcare individual with his patients to help achieve their desired outcomes.

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Safety:

a. Choose a Qualified and Experienced Surgeon:
Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery is extremely important. Research your surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and reputation. Request to see before-and-after photos of previous patients to gain an understanding of their skills and aesthetic sensibility. With more than a decade of experience in his craft, Dr. Champagne is more than happy to supply his double board credentials and public, past-patient before and after results to assist you in making your decision.

b. Open and Honest Communication:
Maintain open and honest communication with your surgeon. Discuss your medical history, any medications you are taking, and disclose any allergies or previous surgeries. This information will help your surgeon determine your candidacy for the procedure and tailor a custom surgical plan accordingly.

c. Follow Pre and Post-Operative Instructions:

Adhering to pre-operative instructions, such as refraining from certain medications and avoiding smoking, is crucial for reducing the risk of complications. Similarly, carefully follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure optimal healing and minimize the risk of infection or other complications.

Facial cosmetic surgery can provide transformative results, but it is essential to understand the potential risks and complications involved. By being well-informed, selecting a qualified surgeon, and actively participating in your pre and post-operative care, you can minimize the risks and maximize the safety of your facial cosmetic surgery journey. Remember, an open and honest relationship with your surgeon is key to achieving the best possible outcome while prioritizing your safety and well-being. Please contact us to schedule a confidential consultation to help alleviate any concerns you have regarding any of our offered cosmetic procedures.

Jason Champagne,M.D.

9400 Brighton Way, Penthouse Suite
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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