6 Minor & Common Side-Effects of Cosmetic Surgery

Whether you are looking into cosmetic surgical procedures for yourself or on behalf of a close friend or family member, as with everything else in life, the more prepared you are, the more you know, and the less chance of hidden surprises along the way.

With this in mind, continue reading to learn of five minor and fairly common side effects of cosmetic surgery.

1. Numbness

One of the most common side-effects of all is a feeling of loss of sensation in and around the area of your skin that has been worked upon.

As a general rule, and especially in the first few days after your operation, a loss of feeling in the area is not a cause for concern. Depending on the specific procedure, your skin will regain feeling after different periods.

2. Bruising

Especially in the case of a rhinoplasty, whereby the nose is reshaped, either for the breathing function or simply due to a desire for a smaller nose, bruising is exceedingly common and almost expected.

However, once the nose has entirely healed, a rhinoplasty can make a huge difference to both the mental and the physical health of an individual, and if you are interested to learn more, you

3. Swelling

Another common result of cosmetic surgery, specifically on the face and neck area where the skin is significantly thinner and usually little excess fat, is a swelling around the operated area.

The simplest way of reducing swelling for a facelift, for example, although you should not be messing around with the aftercare instructions in the first few days, is to apply a warm yet dry compress to the area, if there is no excess bruising. In addition, even though this seems to not be directly connected, you should also make sure you get plenty of rest and, where possible, keep the swollen area elevated.

4. Scarring

As cosmetic surgery invariably requires small incisions to the skin and around the area being treated, a small amount of scarring is only to be expected.

For some people, there is little to no visible scarring around the site of the procedure, unless you were examining your skin with a magnifying mirror, and for others, the scars are much more defined.

This variation is due to many different factors, including the age of the individual, the quality and health of the skin, the area of the body that has been operated on, and the skill of the specific cosmetic surgeon.

5. Pain & Tenderness

The fifth and final, entirely normal, physical side-effect of cosmetic surgery is, especially initially, an intense to moderate pain directly on the site of the operation and tenderness around the area, too.

Your surgeon and nurses will be able to advise the best aftercare techniques that will ensure your pain level is kept to a minimum, with over the counter medication, such as a ibuprofen and paracetamol both being effective in most cases.

6. Recovery Time

Different cosmetic procedures have varying recovery times. It’s essential to be aware of the expected duration for your specific surgery, as this can impact your daily life and work commitments.

Explore further by checking out these valuable insights and resources.

Cheryl Henson

Cheryl Henson is a passionate blogger and digital marketing professional who loves writing, reading, and sharing blogs on various topics.

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