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Managing a Complication During Recovery



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Information on what to do if you should have any of the symptoms during your cosmetic surgery recovery.  It is very important to have all of your plastic surgeon's phone numbers available so that you can contact him or her if a complication should arise.


Contact your plastic surgeon or the on-call physician immediately if any of the following occurs:

  • Temperature over 100.5 degrees

  • Bleeding from your incisions

  • Any pus or cloudy discharge from the incision areas or nipples

  • Bad smell coming from the incision area

  • Pain that is unmanageable

  • Problems urinating after the surgery

  • Unable to have a bowel movement

  • Dizziness and feeling light headed

  • Numbness of the legs



Contact your surgeon or the on-call physician and GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM as soon as possible:

  • Temperature over 104 degrees

  • Uncontrollable vomiting

  • Passing blood in urine or feces

  • Spitting up blood

  • Blackening of the skin (not a bruise)

  • Loss of consciousness not related to sedatives or narcotic medication

  • Convulsions