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Cosmetic Surgery - Medical Malpractice

Cosmetic Surgery Complications are common and can be seen in the faces and bodies of celebrities who do not look as good as they did or have awful scars as a result of having had plastic surgery. Regular people who want to undergo plastic surgery can have complications, too, and these are unfortunately not that uncommon. The most common complication of cosmetic surgery is that the individual doesn't have the desired outcome. They thought they would look better but instead are left with ugly scars and an appearance they did not expect.

Complications can be more severe than that. People who have major surgeries like tummy tucks or body lifts can die from massive infection or from pulmonary emboli or cardiac complications after having the surgery. The older the patient and the bigger the surgery, the greater is the risk of death or serious complications from the surgery. Cosmetic surgery can be just as deadly as any other kind of surgery and should best be done for patients who are in good health at the time of surgery.

You can decrease your risk of surgery complications by looking into the risks and benefits of the various surgeries done in plastic surgery. You need to research your doctor, including looking at before and after photos, looking at the morbidity and mortality of the procedure and looking at the doctor's credentials. You need to ask yourself whether or not the procedure you are having is worth the risk of being performed versus not being performed. Are there nonsurgical approaches you can have done instead?

You need to have realistic expectations of what it is you are looking for. You might look better but you probably won't look exactly like your favorite movie star. Cosmetic surgery just isn't that good.

Make sure the surgeon you are to be using knows your complete medical history because it can play a role in whether or not the surgeon will be able to successfully do the surgery. Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery and make sure that the facility is fully accredited as well. Having a surgeon who belongs to the ASPS means that he or she has had significant successes and few failures. Hospitals or free standing surgery centers that are accredited have been inspected and are good places to have plastic surgery because they are considered superior places to have surgery.

You need to have a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. These are doctors who have passed tests and done enough surgeries to be fully qualified to do plastic surgery. They have undergone five years of a plastic surgery residency, which includes three years of general surgery and two years of cosmetic surgery. They need to pass a written and oral test regarding plastic surgery cases and they need to have practiced for at least two years before accreditation.

Read about the specific details of the surgery you will be having. Find out what complications the surgeon has had before when doing the procedure. Some complications include excessive bleeding, poor outcome, nerve damage, heart attack, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, among others. In facial procedures, you can damage the facial nerve, which will lead to permanent paralysis of part of your face. You can get numbness of the face that does not go away after the procedure is over with. Cosmetic eye surgery can do significant damage to the eyes, including affecting your vision or giving you the inability to close the eye completely. Surgeries like body contouring or tummy tucks have perhaps the greatest risk because of permanent nerve damage, scarring and deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.

Surgery has risks, even if you choose the best surgeon and the best location to have your procedure done. Some complications are simply unavoidable and you need to know what they are and be prepared to take the risk anyway. Speak to the surgeon before the surgery about the potential risks and be prepared to speak to an attorney later if the procedure did not go the way you expected it to go.

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