Beauty Queen's Death Highlights Surgery Risk

If you must have a facelift, here are the biggest dangers
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2009 1:15 PM CST

(Newser) – It should go without saying that no cosmetic surgery comes without risks—but the death of former Miss Argentina Solange Magnano, following surgery on her buttocks, is leading to a closer look at the greatest dangers. CNN talks to Nigel Mercer, a top doctor pushing for change in the industry, about pressing concerns:

  • Butt implants: If they harden, sitting will be painful—and the hardened implants will be visible when you walk around.
  • Liposuction: If it involves more than 6 liters of fat, it’s one of the most dangerous procedures.

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  • Infection: Only about 1% of all operations results in an infection—which is not just dangerous but can ruin the cosmetic results.
  • Nerve damage: It’s rare, but if it happens after your facelift, the results most definitely won’t be what you were looking for. If it occurs after a tummy tuck, the bottom part of your stomach will always be numb.
  • Scarring: You can’t count on an unobtrusive white line—about 4% of people end up with a “red, raised, lumpy scar.”
  • Minimizing risk: Don’t have multiple procedures at the same time, don’t smoke, don’t fly anywhere to have surgery, and always check your doctor’s qualifications.
(Read more cosmetic surgery stories.)

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