Is plastic surgery safe? We often hear this question, and it’s a good one to ask. It means that you’re thinking about the process realistically. And while the answer is going to be different for every patient, ensuring your safety throughout the journey is of utmost importance to us. So, we’re setting out to answer some of the most common questions we get about plastic surgery procedures and safety.
Why is it called plastic surgery?
The word plastic comes from the Greek word plastike (teckhne), which means the art of modeling or sculpting. The term plastic surgery means restoring, rejuvenating, and enhancing a patient’s appearance through the art of surgery. The surgical field of plastic surgery works in various areas, including burns, breasts, body, contouring, cosmetics, and many more. In fact, the first kidney transplant was performed by a plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph Murray, who went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize for the procedure. Plastic surgery is one of the most expansive and complex professions, which is why our team has gone through rigorous training and board certifications.
Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
If you are healthy, have reasonable expectations, and understand some of the risks specific to your operation, then you should be a good candidate for plastic surgery. Before your operation, we will ask you many questions about your lifestyle, health, medications you take, or any conditions you have to determine if this is the best option for you. From there, we’ll make recommendations to improve your outcomes and keep you safe. For example, if you are a smoker, we may ask you to stop smoking for a few weeks leading up to your operation and for a while post-operation to support healing.
What are the main risks involved in most procedures?
Any surgery, regardless of whether it is medical or cosmetic, comes with risks. While plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons is becoming more popular, it is essential to be aware of some of the risks. Common risks include bruising, risk of infection, and the potential for more serious complications. While these are rare, a member of our team will still discuss possible risks and complications with you during your pre-op exam and consult.
What can I expect from my initial plastic surgery consultation?
Our first step is to educate you on the plastic surgery procedure you’ve inquired about. In our private consultation, we allow you to explain your situation, the area that you want to improve, and what type of results you wish to see. We will also ask you about your lifestyle and medical history. But it doesn’t hurt to come prepared with a set of questions to ask us. First, research your operation and note any areas of concern. Second, if you’re having a consultation about your body, wear comfortable undergarments that will make undressing more relaxed. Third, come prepared with your medical history so we can make your consultation as effective as possible. And last, make sure you feel comfortable with our staff! We are here to help you along in your journey.
The journey is as important as the procedure: let us guide you along the way
So, is plastic surgery safe? When you choose an expert, compassionate team like Bend Plastic Surgery, we’ll work with you to promote safety every step of the way. We take the time to learn who you are, what your lifestyle is like, and how you feel about your appearance so we can help you achieve your goals. Schedule a consultation with us today so we can take the first step in your journey.