What are the risks of cosmetic procedures?

Although cosmetic procedures are well developed and are performed without harm thousands of times a year, both non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures involve some risk.

Each cosmetic procedure has a special process that the doctor or surgeon will discuss with you. It is important to discuss the risks associated with the procedure with your doctor. Inform yourself by doing research and asking questions.

Listed below are some examples of risks associated with some non-surgical cosmetic procedures:

    Botox® injections

  • bruising
  • facial pain
  • flu-like symptoms
  • headaches
  • muscle weakness

    Collagen or fat injections

  • contour problems, e.g., uneven shape
  • infection
  • itching
  • peeling
  • rash
  • scarring
  • swelling


  • allergic reaction
  • infection
  • skin discoloration
  • thickened skin or scarring
  • whiteheads


  • infection
  • redness
  • skin discoloration

    Laser hair removal

  • scarring
  • skin discoloration

    Laser skin resurfacing

  • burns
  • infection
  • scarring
  • skin discoloration

All surgery must be taken seriously. Generally, the risk involved in a surgical cosmetic procedure is low if a well-trained surgeon performs the surgery and if proper precautions are taken. However, complications that may occur include:

  • bruising
  • bleeding
  • complications or side effects due to anesthesia
  • infection
  • injury to nerves
  • numbness
  • scarring
  • skin discoloration
  • whiteheads or enlarged pores

Bruising, infection, bleeding, numbness, and whiteheads or enlarged pores often disappear with time. If there are complications related to nerve injury or scarring, further surgery may be required.

Before a surgical cosmetic procedure
If you are planning a surgical cosmetic procedure, your doctor will discuss what you should do before and after the surgery to get the best results and to minimize risks or complications. Your doctor will consider your general health and your health history and may:

  • ask you questions to determine how to help you achieve the best possible result
  • ask you to do a number of things in order to obtain the best possible result
  • show you some pictures from actual patients who have had the same surgery

If possible, speak to someone who has had the procedure done. Your doctor may have patients that are willing to discuss how they felt and go over the process with you.

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