I feel it is important that anyone having surgery with me is aware of the possible negative sides of surgery and understands the small but real risks. The following paragraphs cover what happens when things occasionally don’t go as expected.
Like all surgery there are risks of complications whoever does your surgery. It is important you are aware that many of the problems you may get after your surgery, if they are treated promptly, have no obvious effect on the final outcome.
There may be a small degree of asymmetry after the operation, which you may notice, I will point out before the operation if you have any subtle asymmetries. If there are they are likely to be very subtle and not require correcting. (If it is a big difference then a surgical correction can be discussed).
All operations have a risk of bleeding. In facial augmentation surgery there is a very small risk that there may be bleeding leading to a collection of blood (haematoma), which needs to be removed under an anaesthetic (less than 2%). Infection is unusual and antibiotics are given around the time of surgery to reduce the risk. If the infection cannot be controlled the implants may need to be removed. Some people form bad scars (about 2%) and these can be troubling for a while although often respond to treatment over several months. There may be some numbness of the skin, this will normally get better over a period of time but there is a small risk of small areas of permanent numbness. All operations can result in long-term discomfort.
Risks particular to facial implant surgery are problems with infection because of the presence of an implant, although these are very unusual. The area will be swollen and sore for around two weeks. The scar may be sensitive for a while and very occasionally scars remain sensitive.
All operations have a small risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), chest infection and Pulmonary embolism. Death following elective surgery is exceptionally rare (1:250,000 in fit and well people)
As this is a surgical procedure to deal with appearance no guarantee can be given to the final appearance, but if we agree it is an unsatisfactory result correction will be offered at no additional cost.