Life-threatening bleeding and radiologic intervention after aesthetic surgeries with minimal invasive approaches: Report of two cases

Giuseppe Visconti, Youn-Hwan Kim, Jong-Do Kim, Jeong-Tae Kim

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In this article, the authors report two cases of life-threatening bleeding after cosmetic surgeries that have been successfully treated with radiologic intervention. A 25-year-old female and a 35-year-old female presented at their institutions because of postoperative bleeding after intraoral mandibular angle ostectomy and endoscopic-guided trans-axillary breast augmentation, respectively. A ruptured traumatic pseudo-aneurysm of the right superficial temporal artery was diagnosed in the first case and a haematoma posterior to the right pectoralis major, due to active bleeding from a perforator of internal mammary artery, in the second case. Attempts were made to stop the haemorrhage using standard methods, but failed. Therefore, superselective microcatheter angioembolisation has been successfully performed in both the cases. At 22-month follow-up for the first case and at 12-month follow-up for the second case, the patients are asymptomatic and the cosmetic outcomes are being preserved. With radiologic intervention, the authors gained satisfactory results in the above-mentioned situations. Using this, with only local anaesthesia and the absence of incisions, a precise approach with immediate treatment to the haemorrhaging site is possible. This can be an excellent solution for arterial bleeding that is difficult to access anatomically after aesthetic surgeries, and in selected cases. Furthermore, this procedure is less disfiguring and preserves the aesthetic surgery outcomes. © 2010 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e745-e748
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult
  • Angioembolisation
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Female
  • Haemorrhage
  • Hematoma
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hemostasis, Surgical
  • Humans
  • Mammaplasty
  • Mandible
  • Mandibular angle ostectomy
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Radiography, Interventional
  • Surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Trans-axillary breast augmentation


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