Plastic Surgery Scares

If you have a couple thousand dollars to spare, body/facial insecurities, and don’t mind pain, you’re a great candidate for plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is a part of the cosmetic field that flourishes off of people’s insecurities. Insecurities dominating over confidence has a major impact on many lives. In present society, good appearance pressures are at an all-time high due to social media. The cosmetic surgery field realizes and takes full advantage of people’s desire to be attractive. The social media accounts neglect to explain the consequences after undergoing plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery is not inexpensive, and many individuals are uninformed of the total costs of the operation. The patient will have to pay for consultation appointments, the actual surgery, and the follow up appointments. Breast enhancements are one of the top procedures conducted. Therefore, this procedure will be used as a prime example. According to Cosmopolitan’s article, “21 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Boob Job” it will cost a patient around $3,678 for a breast enhancement. This does not include the followup MRI’s which will run approximately $1,000 each. The Procedure alone is is over four months payments of rent for a person renting one bedroom for $800 a month in San Francisco.

Surgery always has risk from going under the knife and living with the breast augmentation. This non-monetary cost is on top of the money spent for the enhancement. When undergoing surgery, most patients undergo anesthesia, a drug that allows doctors to operate on the patient without them feeling the pain. Complications from anesthesia can include short term memory loss and also Malignant hyperthermia. According to Medlineplus, Malignant hyperthermia is a hereditary disease that reacts to anesthetics causing a quick fever and muscle contractions that may result in death. Anesthetics are not the only risks; the “American Society of Plastic Surgery” website lists all other possible risks including “bleeding, Infection, changes in nipple or breast sensation, poor scarring of skin, wrong or faulty position of the implant, implant leakage or rupture, the formation of tight scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), fluid accumulation (seroma), wrinkling of the skin over the implant, pain, which may persist, and possibility of revisional surgery.” Expanding on the leakage or rupture risk, there is a New York times article, “Implants Are Back, and So is Debate” by Natasha Singer explaining the 2006 FDA banning of silicone breast implants. This is important to address because the leakage and rupturing kept on recurring, which prompted it to be banned in the United States. Silicone came back on the market with a high recommendation of biannual MRI check ups (starting 3 years after the surgery) to look for any hard detectable leakage. MRI’s are not cheap, costing $1,000 or more for one examination according to “UNC School of Medicine”. If the patient follows the FDA’s medical recommendations, they will be looking to pay the same amount as they would for multiple breast augmentations, which is pricey.

Not all plastic surgery procedures are breast augmentation, but they share similar risks and psychological effects. Breast enhancements have more side effects than the ones listed, but for the purpose of generalizing plastic surgery only one example was used to illustrate the common or shared risks of to the different procedures. If you are interested in learning about other possible side effects, a hyperlink is inserted below.

Insecurity should never run anyone’s life. Plastic surgery helps individuals lives by removing one insecurity that was restricting their confidence (speaking if the procedure goes without negative implications). Unfortunately, you can get surgery to take care of one problem, but there will always be other insecurities that will arise. Perfect appearance will never be possible because of everyone’s different views on beauty. Everyone’s tastes will always change, even the individual that undergoes the procedures. What is trending now, may not be so hot twenty years from now. Are the expenses, pain, and insecurities worth it? This is the ultimate question people wanting to undergo plastic surgery must ask themselves.