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Here’s What To Do In the Event of a Plastic Surgery Emergency

Are there some signs that your cosmetic procedure isn’t healing correctly? By following the advice in this article, you can feel secure knowing that top plastic surgeons have recommended the steps you are taking to ensure your health and safety during an emergency plastic surgery situation.

For most, plastic surgery is an exhilarating experience and a chance to finally start looking and feeling how you desire. However, some operations may not go as planned, or your body may not react well. Although extremely rare, when this does happen, it is important to address the issue promptly. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be going through a plastic surgery emergency:

  • Increased pain
  • Bruising, swelling, or redness in your affected areas
  • Bleeding from your incisions
  • Feeling overly tired or light-headed

In an emergency, the first person you should call is your plastic surgeon, who will provide you with proper advice and care for your situation.

Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Can Help You With Your Medical Emergency

If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency from your breast enhancement, body contouring, facial surgery, or non-surgical skin treatments, call our clinic immediately at 250-868-9799. Our Kelowna plastic surgeon will walk you through what you should do and how we can help.

If you are worried at all about the condition of your body following plastic surgery,


Having a Plastic Surgery Emergency? Here’s What To Do!

While we would like to think that our recovery from surgery will always go well, unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Sometimes, due to no fault of our own, we are faced with a situation that requires immediate medical care. If you think this might be you, don’t worry. By following the instructions below, you will be on the right track to returning your body to its healthy, normal state.

Determine Your Issue

While the chances of an emergency are quite slim, they can happen. The first course of action during your emergency plastic surgery issue is to determine if it is actually an emergency issue. While some emergencies may be quite obvious such as lacerations, burst implants, or other evident signs of physical trauma, some may be less noticeable. Here are some signs that you may require emergency care:

  • Pain that is worsening or not improving
  • Substantial bruising
  • Severe swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Fatigue or exhaustion

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be experiencing an emergency, and you should immediately call your plastic surgeon.


Call Your Plastic Surgeon

Once you have determined that you may require immediate care, the first person you should call is your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon is a highly trained expert that understands your body and knows about your past cosmetic procedures, and they will be able to help you diagnose the issue and provide you with sound advice. Depending on your specific situation and what your plastic surgeon recommends, you may be instructed to visit a location where you can get assistance.

Visit The Right Location

Typically, there are two places you will visit for emergency care—either your plastic surgeon’s clinic or the emergency room.

Your surgeon may recommend that you visit their clinic. This is so that they can get a better understanding of the issue and perform emergency care if it is required. Many clinics, including Peterson Surgery, will continue to be available to you for follow-up appointments and emergencies. Take advantage of this and visit your surgeon’s practice.

Alternatively, you may be told to visit the emergency room. If rapid care is required, the ER is definitely your best option. Depending on the hospital, some may have a plastic surgeon or doctor trained in plastic surgery on hand to ensure that proper care is given to your specific situation. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we advise you to call the emergency department ahead of time so that they can prepare and sanitize for your arrival.

After Your Emergency

Once you have dealt with the situation, we can look at recovery steps. Although important to prioritize your recovery after your first plastic surgery, it becomes even more so after an emergency. Your body has likely just gone through some severe trauma and needs time to heal so that you can get your life back on track. Here are some tips for a successful recovery from emergency plastic surgery:

  • Follow all of your post-operation instructions as closely as possible
  • Have somebody available to help you with daily tasks
  • Ask any and all clarification questions
  • Speak to your plastic surgeon about your recovery
  • Have patience, healing takes time

If you follow these instructions, you should be healed in no time and ready to get back to your life!


Do You Think You’re Having a Plastic Surgery Emergency? Call Us!

If you are concerned that you are having a plastic surgery emergency, contact our team immediately. We have decades of experience in providing all of our patients with immediate plastic surgery care. Interested in learning more about the possible conditions that could result in an emergency? Call us at 250-868-9799 or fill in our online contact form for non-emergency questions or inquiries.



Q: Is Cosmetic Surgery Worth the Risk?

As with any surgical procedure, there is some risk involved. However, cosmetic procedures have been refined and developed and are now safer than ever before! If you are dissatisfied with your physical appearance, plastic surgery may be an option for you to look and feel your best!

Q: What is the Success Rate For Plastic Surgery?

The accurate answer for this will depend on the type of operation you are undergoing. However, nearly all have a success rate of at least 95%. This rate can be increased by choosing a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure.

Q: What Do I Do If I am Unhappy with my Surgical Results?

If you are not fully satisfied with your results, speak to your surgeon immediately. You need to be honest and open with your surgeon about your thoughts and feelings to get the most out of it. Remember, plastic surgeons are here to make you happy. Please let your surgeon know if you are unhappy, and we will work with you to find a suitable solution.

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