Benefits and Risks of Plastic Surgery

If you are considering plastic surgery as a way to enhance your appearance, it is important to research the benefits and risks of your desired procedure thoroughly. Here, we briefly describe some of the more generalized aspects of surgery to help give you an idea of what to expect. For specific details on your procedure of choice, the most reliable way to get trustworthy information is to schedule a consultation with a skilled San Francisco plastic surgeon.

What to look for when selecting a plastic surgeon.

Basic Benefits

There are so many benefits to having plastic surgery — when it is performed by a highly skilled surgeon, that is. Plastic surgery can restore balance, improve proportions, and create symmetry. Body contouring procedures such as liposuction and tummy tuck can help you get a more youthful contour. Enhancing your facial appearance through a facelift or eyelid lift can revitalize your look and give you a confidence boost. Med Spa procedures like laser resurfacing or Restylane® can help combat aging and facial sun damage.

In general, the physical results of plastic surgery can have a very positive effect on your self-image, which can translate into benefits like increased energy, improved social skills, and more smiling! Plastic surgery is also an amazing tool that can be used to help patients with physical abnormalities. In some cases, plastic surgery can have health benefits, too — for instance when breast reduction is performed to minimize back pain.

Risks To Consider

Talk to your doctor about the risks of surgery before scheduling your procedure..The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released this statistic after an extensive survey of more than 400,000 accredited facilities:

Less than half of 1 percent of plastic surgery patients experienced serious complications.

Because every person’s body is different, their plastic surgery needs can vary greatly, too. If you choose a plastic surgeon who is in tune with your body goals, is highly experienced, and delivers a truly personalized procedure, you are improving the chances of getting the results you desire and minimizing your risks. Remember to choose a board-certified surgeon and make sure the facility is fully accredited.

As with any type of surgery, there are risks you should be aware of. Risks of plastic surgery include necrosis (skin death), infection, hematoma, asymmetry, delayed healing, numbness/tingling, dimpling/puckering of the skin, blood clots, anesthesia complications, seroma (fluid collection), and nerve damage. Your surgeon will discuss all of the potential risks with you during your visit and let you know what you can do to improve your surgical outcome. If you have certain conditions that may increase your risk (such as a history of cancer, heart problems, or excess weight), your surgeon may recommend you choose another cosmetic option.

Learn more about the risks and benefits of facial and body contouring surgery. Talk to Dr. Robert Aycock and his helpful San Francisco plastic surgery team today.

—Lindsey Kesel, Cosmetic Surgery Consultant

By | 2018-02-12T10:23:43+00:00 May 10th, 2009|Plastic Surgery|

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