General risks and side-effects of cosmetic surgery

Risks - Complications

Every surgical procedure, including plastic surgery, carries certain risks. Each week plastic surgeons perform thousands of successful operations. However, each patient has to take into account that no treatment is completely without risk, however skillfully the surgery is performed.

The main risks of aesthetic plastic surgery operations are rejection of implants, sensory change in or around the operation area, decolourisation of the skin, tissue necrosis, asymmetry, formation of bad scar tissue, pain and allergic reactions to the anaesthetic.

The consequences of these complications can usually be corrected by one or more additional operations. Exceptionally, a remaining aesthetic blemish, permanent functional damage or even death may be the result.

It’s very important to be well informed before undergoing an operation.

Your doctor is the best source of information and will inform you about the general risks of a particular operation and can estimate your personal risk.

Reduce your risk of complications

People who smoke have a higher risk of complications. This is why we advise you to stop smoking at least three weeks before your procedure, and also not to smoke for the three weeks following your procedure. A reduced level in your general health, excess weight and age are also factors which increase the risks. Certain illnesses, medication and drug abuse can lead to a higher chance of complications.

Don't hesitate to confide in your doctor. It is important that your doctor is well-informed. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance for the Wellness Kliniek.

Safe sedation/anaesthesia

In the Wellness Kliniek we do everything we can to minimise the risk of side effects and complications, this also applies to the methods we use for sedation / anaesthesia. Your health and safety is our top priority.

This is why we have a preference for:

  • Local anaesthetic: you are awake
  • Intravenous sedation: you are asleep
  • General anaesthetic

Local Anaesthetic

For a number of our less invasive operations you can opt for a local anaesthetic instead of intravenous sedation. This means that during surgery you will feel no pain and will be fully conscious of everything happening around you, just like at the dentists.

Intravenous sedation

With more effective pain relief a light form of anaesthesia is sufficient. You will breathe for yourself and swallow while you are asleep, feeling no pain.

General anaesthetic

general anaesthetic is used for operations which require the patient to be totally unconscious. This can be necessary for deep tissue operations (e.g. stomach reduction).

  • For cosmetic plastic surgery a general anaesthetic is not necessary. For most operations we prefer to use intravenous sedation.
  • For gastric bypass surgery the patient does require a general anaesthetic. During a general anaesthetic the anaesthetist is present throughout the entire operation to watch over the patient. He controls the patient's breathing, bloodflow; hydration and general condition. The anaesthetist regulates and watches over all the vital bodily functions such as heartbeat, blood pressure and kidney function.

The treatment agreement

You are entitled to honest and complete information.

You will receive this information from the doctor during the initial consultation, which always precedes any treatment. The doctor will provide you with unambiguous and complete information about the treatment, options related to the treatment, any side-effects, the expected result, recovery period and aftercare necessary or desired, the medication, potential complications, risks and the costs.

The doctor expects you to provide honest information and answers related to the reasons why you want to undergo a procedure.

He/she expects you to be open about your expectations with regard to the end result and provide truthful and complete information about any medication you are taking, your medical history and the condition of your health.

By signing the treatment agreement the patient acknowledges that all the terms and conditions related to the provision of information have been met and that he or she understands and agrees to this information.

If you are of the opinion that you have not been adequately informed in a timely or comprehensible manner, we advise you not to grant your consent for the scheduled treatment.

It is important that you look forward to your procedure with confidence and only then make a reservation for your treatment.

Liabilities of the doctor

  • Medical error: Doctors are liable for any damage suffered by a patient as the result of the doctor's failure to respect his/her obligations stated in the treatment agreement.
  • Medical accident: The clinic and the treating doctors cannot be held liable, under any contractual and/or non-contractual clause whatsoever, for damage resulting from a medical accident that manifests during the procedure or during the aftercare period, which is always deemed, by the treating surgeon and the Kliniek, to be a state of force majeure. Damage resulting from a medical accident is understood to be damage that is not the result of a medical error (examples include complications, unexpected complications) in accordance with scientific understanding at the time the damage occurs.

Liabilities of patient

If the patient considers the doctor to have failed to comply with the treatment agreement, and does not demonstrate this via the courts, he/she could be held financially liable for the damage he/she causes to the reputation of the doctor and the Wellness Kliniek, including any damage caused by slander, on the Internet or via any media platform.

Belgium: TOP destination for plastic surgery in Europe - ISO 9001 / EN 15224 quality certified clinic

All plastic surgeons and dentists are experts in their cosmetic field and are fully government registered in their medical specialty. Wellness Kliniek Belgium stands for safe surgery. The hospital disposes of cabinets for aesthetic dental treatments, operating theatre rooms equipped with high-tech equipment for surgery, recovery care and private patient rooms.

Planning your medical trip has never been easier! For people who have to travel a considerable distance, the clinic offers a unique Next-Day-Surgery service: your consultation and operation on consecutive days.

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