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Symptoms and signs you should never ignore from a Plastic Surgeons point of view

08:25 21 April in Uncategorized

When thinking of Plastic surgeons, sometimes the general public ignore the fact that we are, first and foremost, medical doctors.  The health and wellbeing of our patients is paramount.  Not everyone is a good candidate for elective cosmetic surgery especially if they have underlying health issues.  I often delay or refuse to operate on patients who need to become healthier before I commit to an elective procedure.   Some medical conditions cannot and should not wait to be seen to.  As with most issues relating to health, the sooner you seek treatment, the less invasive and involved the treatment needs to be.  I have created a list of signs and symptoms NEVER to ignore pertaining specifically to my field of medicine.  I have divided the list into two categories.

Pre-surgical symptoms – symptoms you may experience/discover spontaneously without it being related to a recent surgical procedure & Post-surgical symptoms – symptoms you may experience soon after having a surgical procedure.

Please seek medical advice WITHOUT DELAY should you experience any of the following:

Pre-surgical symptoms:

Any mole or skin lesion that bleeds or makes a scab but doesn’t heal

Any dark mole that seems to be growing or changing

Any white patch or sore in your mouth, nose or lip that doesn’t heal- even (particularly) if its painless

Any swollen gland you haven’t noticed before- Groin, Neck, Armpit

Any (and I mean any) new BREAST Lump

Any hardening or shape change of an augmented breast

Any nipple discharge outside of breast-feeding- Especially if its blood-stained

If a nipple becomes inverted or retracted when it was previously normal

Post-surgical symptoms:

Any fever or shaking chills

Any spreading redness or “orange-peel” skin change

Any increasing swelling or bruising beyond 3 days post op

Any worsening pain- particularly if it is throbbing in nature

Any purulent discharge from any would.

Any new bleeding


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