Identifying the Riskiest Plastic Surgery Procedures

by Trudi Schrieber

Identifying the Riskiest Plastic Surgery Procedures

Millions of cosmetic procedures are performed each year with no complaints from patients and no noticeable long term side effects. Still, particularly in cases where a non-licensed or underqualified plastic surgeon is involved, some forms of plastic surgery can prove riskier than others. The riskiest surgeries typically involve multiple areas of the body or very complex or sensitive areas of the body. Here is a look at a few of the cosmetic procedures that involve some of the most substantial risk factors:

Body Lift

The body lift is among the riskiest of plastic surgeries. It is a prime example of multiple surgeries being performed at once, which results in greater risk. The body lift involves lifting the belly, thighs, buttock, and genitals all at once. The procedure takes around six hours to complete. The body lift is highly complex and half of people who undergo the procedure experience complications of some sort.

Facial Reconstructive Surgeries Involving the Jaw
Facial reconstructive surgeries usually involve several areas being treated at once. They are very complex procedures. Facial surgery involving the jaw is particularly delicate because a primary blood vessel sits below the mandible.

Liposuction is also one of the riskiest plastic surgeries, as it can cause some of the most serious complications. These complications may include systemic infections, perforation in the stomach wall, blood clots, and fat clogs in the lungs. Some have compared the frequency of death from liposuction to the frequency of auto accident deaths in the United States.

Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck is usually considered riskier than liposuction, and most doctors recommend trying liposuction before a tummy tuck. The risks of tummy tucks are similar to those of liposuction.

Reduce Your Risk
There are certain conditions that will make any plastic surgery risky, but you can make sure that you do not put yourself in danger. First and foremost, select a surgeon who is board-certified. When you take a chance on a cheaper, under-qualified doctor, you are putting your life on the line. The best thing you can do to safeguard your health is to choose a great surgeon. Second, be open with your doctor about any existing medical conditions, as well as your lifestyle. You increase your risks of complications if you have certain health problems, are significantly overweight, smoke, or live a sedentary lifestyle. You may need to make some lifestyle changes if you seriously want to go undergo plastic surgery. A good doctor will not perform a surgery on you if you are not a good candidate.

Third, be realistic and don’t try to do everything at once. Yes, it can reduce costs if you have multiple procedures done in one hospital visit, but the more surgeries you tack on, the greater your risk of complications. Again, if you select a good doctor, he or she will not perform so many procedures at once, but will keep your health and safety at the forefront.

If you are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon, contact PlasticSurgeryPortal’s representatives. We will schedule your personal consultation with an excellent surgeon in your local area today.

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