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People considering plastic surgery sometimes wonder if it is safe because they have heard horror stories of people who had bad experiences. These experiences are unfortunate. Most times, inexperienced surgeons or medical staff has caused them.

Fortunately, these situations are far and few in between due to the rigorous regulations in place for surgeons and surgical facilities.

Cosmetic surgery is like any other surgery. There are risks involved. First ensuring that patients are good candidates for that particular procedure can minimize these risks.

Any experienced surgeon knows patients need to be pre-screened before receiving any type of surgery. Patients often need to have anesthesia, and that means they need to be in good health.

To find out if they can handle it, a full medical history must be established and blood tests and physical evaluations must be conducted ahead of time.

Medical Tests Needed Prior to Plastic Surgery

Before undergoing plastic surgery, patients should be screened for:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma

Women 35 years and older seeking a breast augmentation should be screened for breast cancer with a mammogram. If there is a history of breast cancer in a woman’s family, an ultrasound should be performed even if she is younger than 35 years old.

Blood tests that should be given include:

  • Hemoglobin blood count
  • White blood cell count
  • Coagulation panel
  • Beta hCG to rule out pregnancy

Patients who are at least 45 years old should undergo 12-lead EKGs, which will help determine cardiac risk.

Plastic surgery is safe when a board certified plastic surgeon assesses patients fully, uses licensed anesthesiologists and a certified surgical facility for the procedure. This ensures the patient is handled with the best care possible.

Determining if Plastic Surgery Is Safe for You

The highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York are highly experienced and skilled in assessing each patient for any red flags that may exist before performing plastic surgery.

We offer a free consultation to review all the risks of the procedure you are considering. We will also go over the types of tests you must have and discuss your medical history. After your consultation, if you choose to have the procedure, we will work with your medical doctor to make sure you receive the proper medical evaluation you need to make sure you do not have any health conditions that can make surgery riskier for you.

Contact our Manhattan or Long Island plastic surgery office today. We will schedule your free consultation to talk about plastic surgery safety, explain our surgeons’ qualifications, and address anything else you have questions about.

*This page does not communicate the full list of complete risks and potential complications from this surgery. To receive a list of risks & complications, please contact our office.

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.