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Understanding your risks when choosing plastic surgery is important. When you know what could happen, you and your doctor can be prepared and take steps to minimize those risks.

The following are some of the risks of plastic surgery, so you can be ready to ask questions when you go in for a consultation.

Scarring

Scarring is possible, but it can be minimized or avoided if the patient refrains from smoking and follows the plastic surgeon’s recommendations as closely as possible during recovery.

Infection

Whenever surgery is performed, there is a chance of infection. This risk can be lowered if the patient takes proper care of his or her wounds and engages in frequent hand washing and changing bandages often.

Hematoma

A hematoma is when blood collects outside of a blood vessel. This can occur after a wound from surgery. Many cases are minor and do not require any medical attention. For patients with a more severe case, the surgeon can remove the collected blood, which will make the hematoma go away.

Necrosis

This is when tissue dies after the procedure. The risk for this is low, and if it does happen, it’s usually minor. Often times, as the wound heals, the body clears the dead tissue away.

Bleeding

Some bleeding is normal following a procedure, but it’s not a problem until it becomes excessive. Usually, a lot of bleeding is a signal the patient is too active following the surgery or that stitches have torn.

Seroma

This is much like a hematoma, but it’s lymphatic fluid that collects around the site of the incision rather than blood. While a small amount of fluid isn’t a problem, a large amount can be painful. The surgeon can remove the liquid with a syringe. The risk for this is higher for an invasive surgery (i.e. tummy tuck).

Anesthesia Problems

Many patients handle anesthesia well, but some do experience complications from it. While the risk is very low, it’s important to have a full medical evaluation before the procedure to determine if the body is prepared for it.

Reduce Cosmetic Surgery Risk

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is crucial when minimizing risk. Forbes recommends choosing a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only board that has been recognized by the American Medical Association.

It’s also important to do your research on the plastic surgeon’s hospital privileges. This ensures the surgeon’s background has been checked and has the experience to perform surgery in a hospital setting.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends following the surgeon’s recommendations to decrease the risk after cosmetic surgery. If there is any concern at all, patients should contact their surgeon immediately.

Schedule a Free Consultation for More Information

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York has highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons. They have many years of experience, and understand how important it is to minimize the risk before, during, and after surgery.

To give you all the information you need, call for a free consultation. You will be able to ask questions, and receive the answers and comfort you need to make a well-informed decision.

Call the offices of Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York in Manhattan or Long Island today.

 

References:

http://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/scar-revision.html?sub=Scar+revision+surgery+risks+and+safety+information

http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/09/health-surgery-risks-forbeslife-cx_mlm_1010health.html

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