Warning Signs to Look for after Plastic Surgery

By Sheryl Pilcher on May 23, 2018

Photo of surgeon marking patient’s abdomen for plastic surgeryFeeling self-assured and confident can drastically improve your quality of life. In some cases, plastic surgery can be an excellent option to reshape, recontour, smooth, and rejuvenate the appearance.

At Accent Plastic Surgery in San Antonio, TX, we offer a wide range of cosmetic surgery treatments, including breast reduction, breast enhancement, body contouring, facial plastic surgery, and advanced skin care. Knowing what to expect after treatment can help alleviate fears and worry.

Today, we will explore some of the most common warning signs to look for after plastic surgery.

Signs of Infection

Whenever surgery is performed, there is a risk for post-surgical infection. This may be indicated by a high fever of over 101.5 degrees. Patients may also notice extreme redness, irritation, pain, or warmth at the site of the incisions. In some cases, there may even be pus draining from the incision. If you notice any of these warning signs, contact your surgeon right away for further instructions.

Nerve Damage

Some degree of tingling or numbness is normal following any surgery. However, if this symptom lingers on for several months, it could be permanent. If you notice abnormal numbness or a lack of sensation, bring it to your doctor’s attention immediately.  


Sometimes blood can accumulate outside of a blood vessel. This is referred to as a hematoma, and the condition is somewhat typical following surgery. It typically leads to a bruised or swollen appearance where the blood has pooled. In most cases, a hematoma is not a cause for concern. However, if it becomes too large, it can result in pain and even decreased blood flow to the area. If this occurs, your surgeon will most likely remove some of the blood with a syringe.


Occasionally, lymphatic fluid can build up around the surgical site. This is referred to as a seroma. Similar to a hematoma, a seroma is not dangerous unless it becomes excessively large. If excess fluid accumulates, your doctor may choose to remove it with a syringe.

Excessive Bleeding

Following your plastic surgery procedure, bleeding is typical, particularly during the first few days. Bleeding becomes a problem when it is excessive, or when the wound begins bleeding after it should have healed. If you experience significant bleeding of this nature, be sure to inform your surgeon.

Tissue Necrosis

Tissue necrosis, or tissue death, can occur to some degree after any surgical procedure. In most cases, the normal healing process eliminates any dead tissue cells. If your surgical site seems abnormal in appearance, it is always a good idea to have your doctor assess it.

Blood Clots

A common risk of every surgical procedure, a blood clot can be life-threatening. One of the most common conditions is call deep vein thrombosis, which develops in the leg.

If a blood clot forms after your procedure, you should seek medical attention right away. If a blood clot moves through the veins toward your heart or lungs, it could be fatal. To reduce the risk of this complication, be sure to walk around the house the first few days after your procedure to keep your circulation moving.

Contact Us for More Information

Understanding the warning signs of surgery can help you enjoy a comfortable and successful recovery. If you have undergone plastic surgery and you notice any of the warning signs discussed above, contact your doctor right away.

At Accent Plastic Surgery, we can walk with you every step of the way. To schedule a consultation, call us at (210) 654-9900 or contact us online anytime.

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