People are often scared to have plastic surgery in Nigeria and that is understandable judging from stories that make the headlines on social media nowadays. However, in the right hands, plastic surgery in Nigeria is as safe or risky as it can be in any other country.
Previously, we discussed liposuction in Nigeria, safety and where to do Liposuction in Abuja. We have also discussed the health benefits of breast lift surgery besides cosmetic concerns. The point of making posts around these plastic surgery topics is to enlighten as many people as we can as there are many questions and concerns when it comes to plastic surgery in Nigeria.
Some Frequently Asked Questions About Plastic Surgery In Nigeria
What Is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that involves the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body via a surgical procedure.
How Popular Is Plastic Surgery In Nigeria?
Plastic surgery in Nigeria isn’t as popular as other surgical specialties because most people assume plastic surgery is all about cosmetic plastic surgeries. However, you can find plastic surgery units in many full-fledged hospitals including government hospitals.
The plastic surgery unit in a hospital is responsible for managing burn cases, torn tendons, diabetic foot and similar skin ulcers, scars, physical birth defects, scar revisions following traumatic accidents, breast reconstruction following surgeries for breast cancers, etc.
What Is The Difference Between Plastic Surgery And Cosmetic Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is an elective type of plastic surgery that aims to enhance and reshape structures of the body to improve appearance and confidence. For example, breast lift and other breast enhancement procedures, butt lifts, face lifts, liposuction of the abdomen, back, arms, thighs, vaginal rejuvenation, etc.
Reconstructive/Therapeutic plastic surgery procedures correct defects on the face and/or body. Examples; physical birth defects like cleft lips and cleft palates, ear deformities, traumatic injuries, etc.
How Safe Is Plastic Surgery In Nigeria?
Every surgery has its risks and complications regardless of the type of surgery and where it was done. However, these factors can be further influenced by experience, in-depth knowledge and skill of the surgeon, available surgical tools and equipment, underlying medical conditions, pre-, intra- and post-op care and so on.
Plastic surgery in Nigeria is as safe as it can be in any country when handled by a certified and experienced plastic surgeon in a well-equipped medical facility with trained medical personnel who ensure optimal pre, intra and post-op care.
What Are The Complications Of Plastic Surgery?
When it comes to complications, there are general complications (excess blood loss, scarring, hematoma, etc) that could occur with any surgery, complications localized to areas operated on, complications based on other pre-existing medical conditions, etc.
Complications of plastic surgery depend on the type of surgery, part of the body operated on, co-existing disorders, unskilled medical personnel, inadequate pre-, intra- and/or post-op care, etc.
Most of these are discussed with each individual during consultations prior to any surgery. Expectations, outcomes, complications, etc are part of the preparation for any surgery hence the need for a consultation, examinations, etc. During these consultations, some expected complications are better prepared for based on the patient’s history.
Can Children Have Plastic Surgery?
Yes, children can have plastic surgery. Most common cases of plastic surgery for children in Nigeria are cleft lip repair, cleft palate repair and scar revisions.
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At Skin101, we offer premium cosmetic and reconstructive surgical services in an international standard and well equipped medical facility. We ensure all patients that are to undergo any type of plastic surgery in our facility start from a proper consultation and physical examination by the plastic surgeon, do all medical tests required and certified fit for surgery before being allowed to undergo surgery.
When patients need multiple surgeries, for example someone who wants to have liposuction of abdomen and tummy tuck, time is given between each surgery for the body to recover, thereby reducing chances of certain complications. This is an example of precautions taken to ensure lesser chances of complications and maximum results for patients.
In summary, plastic surgery in Nigeria is as good as can be gotten anywhere in the world when done properly under certified and experienced hands.