Haemorrhage


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Excessive, often life-threatening blood loss from damaged blood vessels and tissue.

Haemorrhage occurs when there is excessive trauma to the site of cosmetic surgery.  Although the likelihood of haemorrhage is less in healthy individuals of a suitable age, any surgical procedure carries some risk of accidental or associated bleeding from the site of the surgery itself, or, more rarely, if there is any clotting that travels to another area of the body. 

Therefore it is important to be comprehensive when giving your medical history.  There may be underlying medical conditions that can increase your chance of haemorrhage.  In addition, genetic factors may play a part; be sure to give detailed information relating to your family history. 

In the unlikely event of a haemorrhage occurring in a fit and healthy individual either during the operation or post-operatively, immediate medical care needs to be administered.  For this reason you need to give your surgeon all the information necessary, including any potential allergies to medicines and the full details of your blood type.  Certain conditions such as haemophilia (the absence of a clotting agent in your blood) will almost certainly rule out your suitability as a candidate for cosmetic surgery.