Safety First: Six Points to Consider Before Surgery


The media often reports Plastic Surgery Tragedies such as the death of Donda West, mother of hip-hop star Kanye West or the mother of 3 who died after getting liposuction.  However, what is not reported are the millions of people who have gotten plastic surgery and are happy and healthy.

Here are six points to consider when contemplating plastic surgery.

  1. Do your homework:  Research the procedure, the benefits and the risks.  Go to for the latest information on plastic surgery procedures.
  2. Have realistic expectations:  Ask your plastic surgeon about the benefits and risks of your desired surgery; ask about the recovery time and be willing to follow doctor’s orders.
  3. Be informed:  Talk to friends and family who have had your desired procedure so you know what to expect.
  4. Ask Tough Questions:  Consult with your plastic surgeon and discuss your full medical history.  Ask, “Am I an excellent candidate for this surgery?”
  5. Choose an ASPS Member Surgeon:  ASPS Member Surgeons are qualified, trained and properly certified.  ASPS members adhere to a strict code of ethics, complete continuous education and operate only in accredited facilities.
  6. Confirm Accreditation of Outpatient Surgery Center:  Your surgery may take place in an outpatient surgery center; be sure it is accredited.  The ASPS requires that all members who perform surgery under anesthesia must do so in a facility that is accredited and licensed by the state. 

Surgery for cosmetic purposes is completely elective.  Don’t be willing to accept anything but the SAFEST.

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