General Surgical Risks
Cosmetic Surgery in New Jersey / Paramus / Bergen County
General Surgical Risks
- We want you to understand fully the risks involved in surgery so that you can make an informed decision. Although complications are infrequent, all surgeries have some degree of risk. All of us at The Robert Zubowski M.D. Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery will use our expertise and knowledge to avoid complications in so far as we are able. If a complication does occur, we will use those same skills in an attempt to solve the problem quickly. The importance of having a highly qualified medical team and the use of a certified facility cannot be overestimated.
- In general, the least serious problems occur more often and the more serious problems occur rarely. If a complication does arise, you, Dr. Zubowski, and the nursing staff will need to cooperate in order to resolve the problem. Most complications involve an extension of the recovery period rather than any permanent effect on your final result.
- SWELLING AND BRUISING: Moderate swelling and bruising are normal after any surgery. Severe swelling and bruising may indicate bleeding or possible infection.
- DISCOMFORT AND PAIN: Mild to moderate discomfort or pain is normal after any surgery. If the pain becomes severe and is not relieved by pain medication, please call us at (201) 261-7550.
- CRUSTING ALONG THE INCISION LINES: We usually treat this with antibiotic ointment.
- NUMBNESS: Small sensory nerves to the skin surface are occasionally cut when the incision is made or interrupted by undermining of the skin during surgery. The sensation in those areas gradually returns–usually within 2 or 3 months as the nerve endings heal spontaneously.
- ITCHING: Itching and occasional small shooting electrical sensations within the skin frequently occur as the nerve endings heal. Ice, skin moisturizers, and massages are frequently helpful. These symptoms are common during the recovery period.
- REDNESS OF SCARS: All new scars are red, dark pink, or purple. Scars on the face usually fade within 3 to 6 months. Scars on the breasts or body may take a year or longer to fade completely.
- HEMATOMA: Small collections of blood under the skin are usually allowed to absorb spontaneously. Larger hematomas may require aspiration, drainage, or even surgical removal to achieve the best result.
- INFLAMMATION AND INFECTION: A superficial infection may require antibiotic ointment. Deeper infections are treated with antibiotics. Development of an abscess usually requires drainage.
As one of the foremost plastic surgeons NJ patients talk to about their aesthetic dreams, Dr. Zubowski treats all of his patients with the utmost respect and compassion. This approach helps him consistently deliver highly rewarding results for his New Jersey body contouring, liposuction, and breast augmentation patients. In addition, it allows Dr. Zubowski to create a remarkable aesthetic improvement in the facial appearance of individuals seeking facelift and/or rhinoplasty in Paramus / Bergen County.
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