What you need to know about safety and risks of cosmetic surgery

What you need to know about safety and risks of cosmetic surgery

29th Oct 2017

As mentioned before, cosmetic surgery is still a surgery, even if it is performed for aesthetic purposes. It is invasive and it will result in permanent scars, but the aspect of the features treated will be changed completely. Plastic surgery interventions are performed quite commonly nowadays. However, it is important to remember that you need to be aware and accept the risks of the procedures.

The safety of the patient must come first no matter what. This is something the plastic surgeon and patient will need to consider before choosing any type of surgery over the other.

The patient-doctor relationship

It is recommended that you and your plastic surgeon discuss and collaborate on the details of the surgical intervention to achieve the best possible results. It is imperative for you to discuss your motives, desires, and expectations so that your surgeon will take them into consideration and provide you with the best solution. Ultimately, you and your surgeon will decide on the best therapeutic plan, and whether or not you really need a plastic surgery intervention.

With that in mind, there are certain important decisions that need to be made before the surgery. The first and important is choosing the plastic surgeon to perform the intervention. Find a surgeon whom you trust to ensure your safety. Make sure that he or she is a board-certified plastic surgeon. For safety and wellbeing, we strongly discourage your procedure be performed in a hotel room, for example, by someone whose qualifications you can’t verify.

Keep in mind that your choice of the plastic surgeon is a very personal one because you are presumably entrusting them with your results and life as a whole. You also need to decide if the desired surgical intervention will satisfy your needs, and if you can accept the risks and complications that may occur. It is only natural for you to feel a certain anxiety before a plastic surgery. Don’t hesitate to ask your plastic surgeon about the details of the things that are not clear and how you feel.

Your safety as a patient

Before the plastic surgery intervention, it is recommended for patients to undergo blood tests or other analysis that your surgeon may consider necessary. At the same time, it is also important to tell your doctor about your health condition:

  • Are you suffering from any medical ailment?
  • Are you following a certain treatment?
  • Do you have allergies or allergic reactions to medication?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • Do you take birth control pills? And so on.

Discuss these openly with your plastic surgeon. He is not there to judge you, but to help you achieve the results that you want and be safe at the same time. Any information that you withhold from your surgeon may have negative effects on your wellbeing and on the results of the intervention.

The recovery and the post-operative checkups

The collaboration with the plastic surgeon will not end after the plastic surgery procedure is done. For your safety and wellbeing, it is recommended for you to go back to his clinic for the periodical checkups and consultations. This way, you will be ensured of a safe post-operative recovery. At the same time, it is possible that there will be changes in the results of the plastic surgery with aging, because of the transformations occurring in your body. It is essential to keep in touch with your plastic surgeon so that he can monitor the changes and recommend additional procedures to sustain the results if necessary.

Questions to ask your surgeon to avoid risks and be safe at all times:

1. Are you a board certified plastic surgeon?

Only plastic surgeons who have graduated from recognized surgical universities or institutions should perform a plastic surgery intervention. The credentials, including board certification, of the plastic surgeon can be checked online.

2. Am I a suitable candidate for this procedure?

An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to tell you if a plastic surgery intervention is right for you or not. You should also be prepared for the possibility that the plastic surgeon may decide that the treatment or procedure that you want is not correct for your case. A responsible plastic surgeon should know what is the best and safe for the patient, even if it means a delay or cancellation of the intervention.

3. How long have you been performing this surgical procedure and what are the risks entailed?

A minimum of five years of experience should be enough to ensure that you will get the desired results after the intervention. However, there is no plastic surgery without a risk, even if the most talented and experienced plastic surgeon is performing it. As in any other surgical procedure, plastic surgery comes associated with potential complications. Therefore, the patient should be aware of any long before the surgery is scheduled

4. What changes should I expect after the plastic surgery intervention?

In order to get great results from a plastic surgery intervention, it is essential to clarify and discuss the reasons why you want to undergo this procedure with the plastic surgeon. It is necessary to talk about your expectations especially what you really hope to see once the procedure is done. Talking about it is important because it can assure you that it is realistic and doable. Try to be as precise as possible in your requests, so that you will get the best advice and you have better chances of getting the desired results in a safe environment.

5. What type of aftercare will I need?

The care after the surgery is an important part of your recovery, so make sure that your plastic surgeon will take care of this. Postoperative complications can occur despite taking all precautionary measurements, so it is important for you to know that you can get in touch with the surgeon anytime should something radical happen. At the same time, it is important for you to understand that there will be additional costs whenever a revision surgery and any other interventions that may be required to correct any unsatisfactory result or any other potential complication that may occur.

Plastic surgery interventions and their risks

Plastic surgery interventions are more and more common nowadays. But before deciding to undergo one of these procedures, it is for the best to make sure that you are aware of the risks. The success of the intervention is not only dependent on the talent and the experience of the plastic surgeon, but also to your genes, age and lifestyle. Last but not the least, it is essential that the medical facility where the procedure will be performed be equipped with modern medical devices.

One of the most complex plastic surgery intervention is the tummy tuck procedure. The main risk of this procedure is pulmonary thromboembolism – this happens when a blood clot formed and travelled to the lungs, making breathing difficult or stopping it altogether, however, this is a rare occurrence. More common risks after plastic surgery procedures are: swelling and bruising, hematoma and seroma, bleeding and infection.

An important risk that is very important is not achieving the desired result after the intervention. A plastic surgeon is not a mind reader, so make sure to let him know your specific requirements for the intervention and ask him to confirm if your expectations are reasonable or not. There are cases wherein the surgeon will say if the expectations are reasonable or not, and may refuse to perform the procedure for the patient’s safety. It is a concept difficult to understand even if the patient is willing to subject himself to certain risks. Basically, the plastic surgeon can choose not to do the procedure if the surgeon believes that the patient has a lot to lose and not much to gain.


Even if plastic surgery interventions are commonly requested and frequently performed nowadays, this fact does not make it less prone to risks and complications. Whenever you are considering a plastic surgery intervention and choosing a plastic surgeon to perform it, make sure that your safety should come first. The safety aspect of the procedure should never be put in line with other factors such as price, convenience and so on. Choosing to have your surgical intervention in a hotel room just because it is cheaper and closer to your home is never a good idea, especially since it is life-threatening complications can occur when the safety precautions are not in place.

A board-certified plastic surgeon with at least five years of hands-on experience can help you achieve the desired results while feeling completely safe. The talent and experience of the plastic surgeon will also help you avoid unwanted potential risks and complications. However, keep in mind that no matter how well prepared the surgeon is, there are some risks that can’t be prevented so it is important to be informed of the plan in case that it occurs.

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