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Patient Safety

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One of the first steps you can take towards a successful procedure is to become an educated consumer.

Read about patient safety and how to make smart choices about your surgeon and the facilities where your procedure will be performed. Browse through before and after photos to see the kinds of improvements surgical and minimally invasive procedures can make.

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Your Health and Safety

Before undergoing surgery requiring sedation or general anesthesia, a full medical history including diagnostic tests is recommended. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including:

  • A full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery

  • All types of allergies and any reaction to prior anesthesia

  • Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs

  • The use of oral contraceptives by women

Before surgery, you must follow all of your plastic surgeon's instructions. This may include:

  • Cessation of smoking

  • Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding

On the day of surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period prior to surgery

Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure. Your cooperation will influence the outcome of your surgery.

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Risks and Safety of Plastic Surgery

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.
 

Be sure to ask questions: It's very important to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your procedure. It's natural to feel some anxiety, whether it's excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don't be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
 

Your partnership with your plastic surgeon doesn't end once your surgery is completed. The relationship you establish with your surgeon is one that will continue. While the results of many plastic surgical procedures are often permanent, there can be changes as you age or due to other circumstances. That's why it is suggested that you maintain a regular schedule of follow-up examinations. By staying in touch with your board-certified plastic surgeon, you can enjoy the benefits of continued quality care.