With the rising popularity of the hourglass plastic surgery procedures, it is important for prospective patients to be fully aware of the risks associated with the surgery. The patient may run into life threatening situations if they are unaware of the risks. Before even undergoing surgery, it is important to do a personal assessment whether or not this is the answer for you. Make sure that the decision to undergo the procedure is really your own and not somebody else. During the initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, be ready to analyze the risks of the procedure against the potential benefits. Nevertheless, these are the common risks associated with the hourglass procedures: 1. Excessive bleeding 2. Seroma and hematoma 3. Infections 4. Excessive swelling and bruising 5. Unsightly scarring 6. Blood clotting It is important to note that the risks are higher for patients who have the following conditions: • A weak immune system • Poor blood circulation • Suffer from kidney, lung, heart or liver diseases • A history of blood clotting issue • Suffer from diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, or hypertension Aside from that, there are also risks, while rare, can still happen • Adverse reaction to anesthesia • Change or loss of skin sensation (temporary or permanent) • Appearance of cellulite or wrinkles on the skin • Heart and respiratory complications • Severe and prolonged pain Because of the risks involved in any surgery, I use a strict set of criteria to determine the candidacy of patients for the hourglass procedure. Ideally, one should be in her best physical and mental health in order to even considered for the surgery. Because I assess each patient’s health thoroughly to determine their readiness for the procedure, I expect my patients to share their complete medical history without hiding any critical health information because this information is very important in determining the risks. This will allow the surgeon to know what precautionary measures to take during and after the surgery. It is especially important to share with your surgeon the following medical history information: if you are taking medications like blood thinning medicines, anti-inflammatory medicines, or any supplements. Your doctor will recommend that you either stop taking the medicines before and after the surgery or change the dosage. Furthermore, smoking affects the results of the surgery so it is important that you inform your surgeon if you are a smoker. You will be required to stop smoking for at least 2-3 weeks before the surgery and then one month after the surgery. This hourglass surgery is a cosmetic and an elective procedure, so before undergoing the surgery, it is important to do a risk-benefit analysis. If the benefits of the procedure are higher than the risks, then you can decide to go under the knife.