Today the risks of plastic surgery that goes wrong are very low. Cosmetic surgery procedures performed by certified surgeons have a very good safety record nowadays. Hundreds of thousands operations are done every year and the statistics are excellent. There are serious complications in less than 1 percent of all patients. Mortality rate is less than one in 57,000 cases.
There are still dangers though, not everything can be removed. If a patient is overweight for example, he or she has a much higher chance of getting blood clots. If the patient has problems with the heart or the lungs it also increases to risk for serious complications. Diseases of the nervous system, hormone problems, cancer and other factors can make the difference between success and failure.
The better your overall health the lower your risks. There are very common diseases like arthritis or diabetes that can cause problems. No matter what health conditions you have or what medications you need to take, you must inform your plastic surgeon about every detail.
Smoking is very bad. It increases the risk of infection dramatically. A study has shown a that smoking increases the risks by 1500% when having a face lift. You should stop smoking at least 2-3 weeks before and after the surgery to lower the chances for serious complications.
You are the perfect candidate when you are not overweight, not smoking, not drinking and live a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t meet any of these criteria you may think about changing your lifestyle before having a plastic surgery.
There are ten times more women getting plastic surgery than men and the numbers are increasing. With so many surgeries performed there is always something happening that was not part of the plan. Liposuctions and breast augmentations are the most demanded surgery procedures, two procedures that have a high risk of blood loss and infection.
Sometimes it is the anesthesia that can cause problems and the doctor may have to insert a tube. Blood loss is another big problem. There is always bleeding but excessive bleeding can lead to lower blood pressure during the surgery and to irregular heart beat and even heart attacks. After the surgery it could lead to another surgery.
Often an infection is the reason behind a failed surgery. That’s why you must take antibiotics for up to two weeks after a surgery to avoid possible complications. There is no other way to control the risk of an infection.
Although the statistics are very good, you still should remind yourself about the risk factors and how you can reduce them. A cosmetic surgery is still like any other surgery with side effects and complications.