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What are plastic surgery complications?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Complications of plastic surgery are similar to those of many other surgical specialties. First, bleeding or a hematoma is the most common complication after any surgery occurring 1-2% of the time after surgery. Infection is the second most common problem that we encounter as plastic surgeons. Other complications may include edema, skin loss, loss of sensitivity to the skin, fat atrophy, deep venous thrombus, pulmonary embolus, and death. Anesthetic risks from either intravenous sedation or general inhalant anesthesia must also be considered. The risks of surgical complications are relatively low compared to the number of surgeries that are performed by Board Certified Plastic surgeons in the United States. 

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