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Cosmetic Surgery: Steps to Help Prevent Common Risks

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

All of us want to look our best, regardless of our age. Cosmetic surgery has become an increasingly popular option, whether you are looking to erase the signs of aging or to achieve a certain look by modifying aspects of your appearance. For some people, their jobs depend on maintaining a certain youthfulness, while for others, cosmetic surgery provides a way to correct or accentuate features. While making these corrections is now easier than ever, it is important to realize that there are always potential dangers associated with any medical procedure, and to use caution when choosing a medical provider to avoid medical mistakes and errors. The following is some of the common dangers associated with cosmetic surgery, as well as the steps to take in order to help prevent them.

Cosmetic Surgery Risks and Complications

According to the Mayo Clinic, before making an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon, you should carefully evaluate your motivation for having a procedure, as well as the potential risks and complications. The best candidates for plastic surgery are those who have realistic expectations as to what a particular procedure can accomplish, as well as being aware of potential negative effects that can be lasting and permanent. It is important to understand the medical risks you may be facing, particularly if you have pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, respiratory issues, a history of weight problems, or diabetes. Potential complications associated with cosmetic surgery procedures include:

  • Excessive bleeding and blood loss, before, during, or after a procedure.
  • Problems associated with anesthesia, such as the formation of blood clots in the lungs and an increased risk for developing pneumonia.
  • Surgical infections, which can result in illness and the need for repeat surgeries.
  • Scar tissue, fluid buildup, and skin breakdown, all of which can result in discoloration and an uneven appearance.
  • Nerve damage, resulting in permanent numbness and tingling.

Choosing The Right Cosmetic Surgeon

Statistics from the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) indicate that as many as 20 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in 2015. This number includes invasive procedures, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, and face lifts, as well as non-invasive procedures, such as microdermabrasion, and Botox injections. Over half of all of cosmetic surgeries are done in free standing office facilities, as opposed to in a hospital or other surgical center. While many of these offices are run by and employ fully licensed plastic surgeons, it is important to be aware of the questions you need to ask to ensure your own safety. In addition to making sure your provider is board certified, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons advises asking the following questions:

  • What procedures are you trained in, and how long have you been performing these procedures?
  • Do you have actual case results you can show me? When looking at before and after photos, look for the procedure you are considering, on people with similar face or body types.
  • What is your success rate, and are there previous clients I can actually speak to?
  • Does your office employ a board certified nursing staff and anesthesiologist? Having the right medical team is crucial in an emergency.

In addition to the above, make sure the facility is clean and neat in appearance, that you feel comfortable with your surgeon, and that all fees are disclosed up front. Make sure to give a thorough medical history to your surgeon, and alert them to any allergies or pre-existing conditions you have.

Reach Out to Us for Assistance

If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury as the result of cosmetic surgery mistakes or errors, contact our experienced South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys today. At Anastopoulo Law Firm we can assist you in holding negligent medical providers accountable so that you can get the compensation you need to recover.


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