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Cosmetic Surgery Effects

By Kristeen Cherney ; Updated July 18, 2017

Cosmetic surgery satisfies either a desire to change your physical appearance, or to correct an injury, deformity or other unsightly condition. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says cosmetic procedures as a whole rose 44 percent between 2003 and 2004. Although you may be satisfied with your appearance post-surgery, there are effects you should be aware of before going under the knife.

Surgery Risks

No surgical procedure is entirely safe. Some patients suffer side effects ranging from scars to potentially deadly infections. You can help decrease your risk of side effects by choosing a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as by disclosing your complete health history before the operation.

Anesthesia Aftermath

Most surgical procedures require the use of general anesthesia. The most common side effects are nausea and vomiting, but heart attacks and strokes are other possibilities. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, anesthesia is directly responsible for 34 U.S. deaths annually.

Worsened Self-Image

Cosmetic surgery is not always a purely aesthetic choice -- some choose it out of poor self-esteem and depression. If this is the case for you, you will likely not feel better after surgery because the underlying problems are unresolved.

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