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5 Questions to Ask Before Cosmetic Surgery

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

For both men and women, cosmetic surgery continues to be a popular option to reverse the aging process and improve appearance. These procedures are more convenient and cost effective than ever, but there are safety concerns you need to be aware of. Cosmetic surgery mistakes and complications can result in injuries, disfigurement, and even death. As a form of medical malpractice, those who perform these procedures can be held accountable. The following provides important information to consider before surgery, and questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon to help ensure you are making the right choice.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures and Errors

The latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) indicate that cosmetic surgery continues to be gaining in popularity among people of all ages. More than 15 million people each year undergo a variety of procedures, both in hospitals and as in freestanding surgical centers. The ASPS states that the following are the most common types of cosmetic surgeries being performed today:

Minimally-Invasive Procedures

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)
  • Chemical Peel
  • Soft Tissue Fillers
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Laser hair Removal

Invasive Procedures

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Nose Reshaping
  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Tummy Tuck

While invasive procedures carry more significant risks, you want to take precautions with any work you are having done. You want to ensure you will be happy with the outcome, while avoiding potentially serious injuries and permanent scarring.

Important Questions To Ask Your Before A Cosmetic Procedure

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) is a nationally recognized board of surgeons that provides board certification to cosmetic surgery practitioners based on their proven knowledge, skills, and expertise. Setting strict standards for their members, their primary goal is to ensure patient safety. They advise anyone considering cosmetic surgery to first ask their provider the following questions:

  • Are you a board certified cosmetic surgeon? With so many freestanding clinics popping up and little oversight, you want to be sure the surgeon you choose is board certified.
  • How frequently do you perform this procedure? Most reputable services will be able to provide you with patient references and before and after photos of their clients.
  • What type of anesthesia do you offer, and who provides it? Even a local anesthesia can carry serious risks if not administered properly by a trained anesthesiologist.
  • What can I expect in recovery? The provider you choose should be able to provide ongoing care, while informing you of any potential complications to be on the alert for.
  • What is the total cost for this procedure? All fees should be disclosed in advance, and should include provisions in case you are unhappy with the results.

Get Help Today

If you have suffered scarring or injuries as the result of a cosmetic surgery error, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys offer the caring, compassionate legal representation you need to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.


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