Navigating the Risks and Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Deciding to make steps toward your dream plastic surgery procedure is such an exciting time. While you have probably been considering this for a long time, there is much to know regarding what comes with it. Understanding the potential risks and benefits is crucial in making an informed decision and ensuring a safe and satisfying outcome.

At O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to go into a procedure feeling confident. This is tied closely to understanding the risks and benefits of plastic surgery as a whole. Today, we provide the primary ones we hear clients discuss. 

Primary Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Enhance One’s Physical Appearance

One of the primary benefits of plastic surgery is the ability to enhance one’s physical appearance. Procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction can help individuals achieve their desired aesthetic goals and boost self-confidence. 

Plastic surgery can address physical imperfections, correct asymmetries, and restore a sense of balance to the body. It can positively impact self-esteem and overall well-being, enabling individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Improve Physical Health

Another significant benefit of plastic surgery is the potential to improve physical health. Specific procedures, such as breast reduction or septoplasty to correct a deviated septum, can alleviate physical discomfort and improve functionality. In these cases, plastic surgery is not solely focused on appearance but also on enhancing the individual’s quality of life. For example, a breast reduction can relieve chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain, while rhinoplasty/septoplasty can improve breathing difficulties.

Primary Risks of Plastic Surgery


While plastic surgery offers numerous benefits, being aware of the associated risks is essential. Every surgical procedure carries inherent risks, including complications such as infection, scarring, excessive bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is crucial to thoroughly research and choose a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon to minimize the chances of such complications. Additionally, some procedures may require multiple staged surgeries or touch-ups to achieve the desired results, adding to the overall cost and recovery time.

Setting Unrealistic Expectations

Another risk to consider is the potential for dissatisfaction or unrealistic expectations. Plastic surgery can enhance one’s appearance, but it is essential to have realistic expectations and understand the limitations of these procedures. The outcome of plastic surgery may not always meet one’s idealized expectations, and dissatisfaction can arise if the results fall short. Communicating openly with your surgeon, discussing expectations, and reviewing before-and-after photos of previous patients is crucial to gain a realistic understanding of the potential outcomes.

Psychological effects are another aspect to consider when contemplating plastic surgery. While plastic surgery can improve self-esteem and confidence, it is not a solution for underlying emotional or psychological issues. Addressing any body image concerns or self-esteem issues before considering surgery is important. 

In some cases, individuals may develop body dysmorphic disorder, a condition characterized by an excessive preoccupation with perceived flaws in appearance. A thorough psychological evaluation is essential to ensure one’s motivations for plastic surgery are healthy and realistic.

Understanding The Risks and Benefits of Plastic Surgery

Before making a decision, it is important to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits associated with plastic surgery. Researching the specific procedure, consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon, and seeking multiple professional opinions can provide valuable insights and help make an informed choice. 

Understanding the potential risks and benefits allows individuals to make decisions that align with their personal goals, preferences, and overall well-being.

Work With A Plastic Surgeon You Can Trust 

Navigating the risks and benefits of plastic surgery requires careful consideration and research. While it can provide transformative results and boost self-confidence, it is vital to be aware of the potential risks. By thoroughly evaluating the potential advantages and drawbacks, seeking expert advice, and understanding one’s motivations, individuals can make informed decisions and embark on a safe plastic surgery journey. 

Are you interested in learning more about a specific plastic surgery procedure? Our team can give you the necessary resources and information to understand. Check out our website or give us a call at (843) 881-2130 for more information. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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