Scheduling one’s plastic surgery is a real cakewalk these days. It all boils down to economics, by and large. However, the victims of meatball surgery are confident that a good plastic surgeon is hard to find no matter how much money one may be willing to spend on the improvement of one’s looks.

Below are some of the most common screw-ups caused by incompetent plastic surgery.

Operation: Rhinoplasty or nose perfection

Risks: Removing too much of the connective tissue (cartilage) or bone during rhinoplasty can lead to complications, which are extremely difficult to deal with once the operation has taken place. The case of the former pop idol Michael Jackson is a typical example of rhinoplasty that went wrong. Jackson had apparently dreamed of a finer feature gracing his face. Plastic surgeons performed several operations to make his dream come true. It is obvious they overdid it. The so-called bone callosity due to an increased rate of calcification often follows this kind of abuse.

Excising too much skin inside the nasal cavity and around the wings of the nose is yet another serious mistake, which can lead to labored nasal breathing and the formation of noticeable cicatrices.

Solution: Thinning of the septum of the nose can lead to a hole inside the nose. Well, the hole can be “filled in” using a variety of implants made of silicone or cartilage, which is normally removed from a patient’s ear. All the traces of the damage done by a previous operation will be gone provided a procedure is carried out with utmost caution.

It is a lot more difficult to get rid of scars. The point is that everyone is different, and therefore scarring runs a different course in each case. There is no such thing as a perfect method for removing scars. As a rule, scars are either excised by lasers or resolved by medications administered by injection.

Operation: Mammoplasty or breast augmentation

Risks: An artificial implant will always be a foreign body to a patient’s body, which may react by building a scar tissue around the implant. Consequently, the capsule around the breast will harden, making the breast feel stony by touch. Even the skilled surgeons can recall lots of cases involving the hardening of the capsule or leakage of the implant. Using textured implants can reduce the risk of contracture (hardening of the capsule).