Many other women before Claudia Aderotimi have suffered serious harm after seeking to enhance their appearance cosmetically. Businesswoman Penny Johnson is currently suing a cosmetic surgeon for £54m after her partial facelift in Leeds in 2003 allegedly left her with a facial twitch, pain around her right eye and grimacing. She claims her career has been dramatically affected.
In the most high-profile case of alleged negligence involving cosmetic surgery in the UK, Denise Hendry, wife of ex-Blackburn Rovers and Scotland footballer Colin Hendry, almost died in 2002 after liposuction she had at the Broughton Park hospital in Preston went badly wrong.
The most famous victim of the quest for better buttocks former Miss Argentina Solange Magnano, 38. The mother of two died in Buenos Aires after a legal operation believed to have involved buttock implants and injections. Her friend, the fashion designer Roberto Piazza, said: "A woman who had everything lost her life to have a slightly firmer behind."
Cosmetic surgery is clearly potentially dangerous. "But people don't seem to treat it with the same caution and fear that they would another surgical procedure. People seem to be less willing to see the danger of having a tummy tuck compared to that of a stomach operation they need medically", said Edwina Rawson, a medical negligence specialist at solicitors Field Fisher Waterhouse.
"When things go wrong someone can end up disfigured or even dead", Rawson added. "A facelift can lead to your eyes or mouth not opening and closing properly. I've seen patients whose lower eyelid isn't resting against the eyeball after they've had facial surgery. Breast implants can result in oddly shaped breasts. And post-surgical infection is a risk, as is severe psychiatric injury."
Safer procedures, more information for patients about the risks involved and better regulation of this booming trade were needed, she said.
Organisations such as Which? and Action against Medical Accidents agree.
Some popular surgical procedures carry inherent risk, said plastic surgeon Rajiv Grover, the president elect of the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons.
"A facelift can lead to a haematoma, or blood clot under the skin, which in 2% to 3% of patients can be dangerous if left untreated. And the risk of a blood clot in your leg, is low here but could be as high as 10% if you have a tummy tuck in somewhere like South Africa or the Far East and then get a long flight back."
The patient's consultation with the surgeon is vital, Grover added. That is when the risks involved need to be discussed openly. BAAPS members decline to operate on 30% of those they see initially, partly because they think the person does not need the surgery they are seeking but also because their medical history, such as high blood pressure, can make it a risk not worth taking.
Essay on The Risks of Cosmetic Surgery
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Are you aware of the risks and disadvantages of cosmetic surgery? Cosmetic surgery can be very risky and dangerous if you are not aware of the outcomes. If you are thinking of going through a procedures you need to do a lot of research of what the pros and cons of the procedure you are about to undergo. Cosmetic surgeries are done all over the world and the pricing varies depending on the surgeons, and it can be very expensive. The outcome of the surgery won’t always come to what you wanted but still you have to pay the price. Not only that you have to leave with it and you will want another procedure which you’ll have to pay another amount of money. Why go through all that when? We should be happy with who we are and appreciate what you…show more content…
Plastic surgery is not the best choice for anybody because you never know what your final outcome is which Allison A. stated in 2008. Doctors cannot guarantee you will come out successfully from the surgery room. She also said that it is like a game where you do not know if you win at the end of the play. People turn to cosmetic products for better appearances but when it’s not enough or not satisfying to them, they turn to plastic surgery. They never think about the consequences of what they want to look like or the dangers and risks that are involved. Veronica S. (2007) believes that cosmetic surgery is more harmful than it is beneficial. Unnecessary surgery seems to put women in danger for the sake of Hollywood beauty. We all handle healing differently. Some may heal well and some won’t. Hykra (2005) states that if you have pre-existing health conditions cosmetic surgery can be really dangerous. He also reports that people with heart condition, diabetes, or if you are a smoker, or have allergies you may experience complications that others may not.
In cosmetic surgery, you can get hurt emotionally as well. You can be unhappy with the outcomes of the surgery. Allison A. (2008) states that people can get depressed before and after surgery because there is never a 100 percent chance of being satisfied with appearance. There is always something, one little thing that bothers you. Because of the Hollywood figure that