Surgical Procedures

Cosmetic procedures and treatments are very popular today, not only with women, but also with men. Cosmetic treatment can vary from non-surgical procedures such as Botox injections to surgical procedures such as liposuction, face lifts, and more. If you’re thinking about going through a cosmetic procedure – or if you’ve already had your share of cosmetic procedures – then you should know that they carry certain risks. Cosmetic surgical procedures carry more risks than non-surgical procedures, but it’s still important to choose the right practitioner or specialist so you can lessen those risks. Here’s a list of common cosmetic procedures – surgical and non-surgical – and their risks.

  • Botox injections

Botox injections, also referred to as Botulinum toxin injections, are used to relax the muscles of one’s face. For people with wrinkles and fine lines, Botox injections are an ideal treatment as they can temporarily smoothen the wrinkles and lines, resulting in firmer, suppler-looking skin. The risks of Botox injections include a feeling of having the flu about a day after treatment, and other risks include bruising. More serious issues can also include double or blurred vision if the eye area is injected, and difficulties with breathing if the area of the neck is injected.

  • Chemical peeling

A chemical peel is a cosmetic treatment where a liquid is applied to one’s face in order to get rid of dead skin cells as well as stimulate the development of new skin cells. Chemical peels are done to reduce the appearance of age spots and even out one’s skin tone. There are superficial chemical peels, medium chemical peels, and deep chemical peels. Some risks include skin discolouration (the lightening or darkening of your skin), which can be permanent, as well as skin infections and even scarring.

  • Liposuction

Liposuction, a common cosmetic surgical procedure, is done to remove excess body fat, and it involves siphoning out fat from certain areas such as the hips, buttocks, thighs, tummy, and arms. Since this is a surgical procedure, recovery can take up to two weeks, and some common side effects include swelling and bruising, scarring, skin inflammation, and numbness. But the serious risks with liposuction include haematoma or bleeding underneath the skin, skin discolouration, the development of blood clots, infection, and even an allergic reaction to the administered anaesthesia.

Other procedures, such as laser hair removal treatment, are increasingly common but carry certain risks as well, which include blistering of the skin, scarring, burns, and sometimes excessive skin swelling or skin discolouration.

If you have undergone any of these procedures and have suffered an injury as a result, you may be entitled to a cosmetic injury claim. Cosmetic surgery claims can give you the compensation you need in order to recover, especially if the injury has seriously affected your quality and enjoyment of life.

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