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Is plastic surgery safe?

Yes, plastic surgery is relatively safe. However, like most surgical procedures, it entails certain risks that should be taken into consideration prior to undergoing it.

Also known as cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery has the purpose of improving the appearance of a person. Over 1.8 million people undergo plastic surgery every year in the U.S. Some of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries are eyelid surgery, breast augmentation, liposuction, and nose reshaping.

To ensure your plastic surgery will go smoothly, you first need to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with vast experience in this type of procedure. They need to discuss with you the risk involved in undergoing the plastic surgery you want and be transparent. It is also a good idea to find references for the surgeon who is going to perform your procedure, as well as to look through their website. You should also ensure that the plastic surgeon of your choice has hospital privileges, which refers to whether they are allowed to use the equipment and facilities of the hospital you are going to have your surgery in.

While every type of plastic surgery implies a series of specific risks, the most common include:

  • blood loss
  • hematoma
  • seroma
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • nerve damage
  • infection
  • pulmonary embolism
  • scarring
  • organ damage

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/