Plastic surgery is also known as cosmetic surgery and is quite commonly performed today. This type of surgery is elective and is designed to augment a part or parts of the body. Each year, millions of people choose to undergo plastic surgery. Some common forms of plastic surgery are liposuction, rhinoplasty – reshaping the nose, breast augmentation and facelift, but plastic surgery can be performed almost anywhere on the body. There are risks associated with any type of surgery, but in the hands of a licensed and experienced surgeon, cosmetic surgery is generally safe. Medical and technological advances over the years have made these procedures safer than ever.

To ensure the safety of the procedure it is critical to choose a highly-experienced and competent surgeon. This means the surgeon should be board certified and come highly recommended by current and former patients. This step will require some research, but the time and effort involved is well spent. This will give the patient confidence in the doctor and his or her ability to perform the surgery safely and deliver the expected results.

As stated, surgery is never risk-free, but the risks involved in cosmetic surgery procedures are relatively low. There are no registered plastic surgery deaths. There can, however, be infections or injuries if post-operative care is inadequate. Post-surgery, the patient may have stitches or sutures that must be cared for. Itchiness in the sutures is common as they heal, but they should not be scratched or rubbed. Torn sutures are a complication that can result in injury or infection, so it is important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully and follow up with the surgeon.

Another risk is allergy to medications or anesthetics used during or after the surgery. The doctor should always be informed of any allergies prior to the surgical procedure. Some patients also experience a failure to fully heal after surgeries. There are several factors that can cause this complication, but proper treatment and follow-up with the surgeon should resolve the issue.

A final complication is that the results of the cosmetic surgery are not as expected. In this case, more surgery may be required to achieve the desired result. This can result in some scar tissue formation. Overall, however, most patients who choose a competent and well-respected doctor are pleased with the results of their cosmetic procedure.

Not all risks can be avoided in plastic surgery, but they can be reduced by choosing a competent surgeon, following post-operative care and instructions and notifying the surgeon of any allergies. With proper care, plastic surgery is fairly safe.