Risks of cosmetic surgery
No surgery comes with a guarantee. While the
vast majority of surgical procedures go smoothly,
there are exceptions. The most common postsurgical
problems are infections and scarring. Each, when
diagnosed and treated early, can be managed successfully.
Most plastic surgery procedures are done in an
outpatient setting, using newer anesthesia drugs
that are lighter and easier to tolerate. Surgeons
today use general anesthesia less often, so anesthesia-related
risks are lower.
During your consultation, the plastic surgeon
will tell you about your surgery's specific risks,
which vary from procedure to procedure. Be sure
you understand what they are and follow your physician’s
instructions to help avoid them.
You can also further reduce your risks by:
Being honest about your medical history.
Make sure your doctor knows about current and
past health problems, allergies and medications.
Answer questions honestly. The medical staff
needs all your health information to make decisions
about your care, especially in case of emergency.
Following instructions. If your surgeon
instructs you to stop smoking, lose weight,
discontinue vigorous physical activity or stay
at home from work before or after surgery, do
it. Though they may seem small, these extra
steps will help your body heal.