Friday, August 17, 2012

Plastic Surgery Dangerous For Everyone

We've all probably heard of plastic surgery horrors. But despite some unfortunate stories, the demand for plastic surgery is still rising. So what does cosmetic surgery really implicate?
The thing is, cosmetic surgery is surgery just like any other - they aren't without risks. The human body is unable to identify what purpose the scalpel has when it hits, whether it's for heart surgery or cosmetic surgery. Probably the main difference is most patients who undergo cosmetic surgery start out as healthy or "ideal" candidates for the procedure.
There are 3 major contributors to the risks of plastic surgery. These include the procedure itself, anesthesia, and the patient's lifestyle habits.
When it comes to the procedure, the main risks are bleeding, necrosis, nerve damage and scarring. In other words, blood may not clot as it should, some parts of the surgical site may be damaged or destroyed permanently, and the wound may not heal properly. In this case, it's very important to find an experienced and trusted surgeon as well as thoroughly research and discuss your specific procedure.
As with anesthesia or sedation, a person can have very serious reactions. Those who have heart problems, lung conditions or are obese have a higher risk of complications caused by anesthesia. Certain medications can also contribute to this risk factor.
Finally, your lifestyle habits can indeed affect results. For instance, cigarette smoking can greatly contribute to the risk of improper healing, skin breakdown, scarring and infection. Surgeons often advise their patients to stop smoking (if they are smokers) days to weeks before surgery and during the entire healing phase.
So is cosmetic surgery really all that dangerous? The answer is, not necessarily. Despite the fact that it's generally complex, statistics show that it carries one of the lowest risk rates when put side-by-side with other kinds of surgery. As with everything else, there are pros and cons to cosmetic surgery. The good news is there are ways to keep you on the safer side.
If you do decide to undergo plastic surgery, just make sure the surgeon is experienced, accredited and highly recommended (check before and after photos, talk to those who've undergone a similar procedure, etc.). Educate yourself about the procedure itself and confirm if you truly want it. Finally, inform your surgeon as much as you can about your medical history, the medications you're taking, lifestyle habits and everything else he/she wants you to disclose to make sure you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.