Surgery of any kind comes with risks. Depending upon the person’s health, the risks could be minute or of major concern to the doctors. Plastic surgery is no exception. Is it worth the risk?

Men and women who choose to have plastic surgery do so for a variety of reasons. Whether they wish to remove lines and wrinkles from their face, have liposuction to remove unwanted fat, or have facelifts to look younger, plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery is certainly an elected procedure.

In recent weeks, you have no doubt read about a woman who succumbed just after having a tummy tuck and breast reduction. This eight-hour operation, which is highly unusual for cosmetic surgery, may have facilitated the cause of death. The autopsy was inconclusive.

When someone elects to have plastic surgery, extensive pre-testing is involved. For example, an eco-cardiogram would be taken as well as the medical history of the person. Questions would be asked such as: Do you smoke? Do you have diabetes? Are you currently under medication and if so, what? Are you allergic to any drugs? Do you have a history of heart disease?

In addition, complications can occur from the local anesthetic given to the patients while undergoing the surgery. Some people are allergic to the local anesthetic and can have very severe reactions to the drug. In some cases, if the person has sleep apnea, they could stop breathing during surgery. Also, infection may occur.

One of the most important factors before considering plastic surgery is to research every area of the type of surgery you may be considering. Speak to board certified doctors in the field, research the procedures online, and talk to your own physician about it. If you decide to have the surgery, ensure that you have all of your family’s medical history available. Be completely honest with the doctor, especially if you have concerns.

When consulting with the plastic surgeon, ask a myriad of questions. Ask to be walked through the procedure so you know exactly what you will be facing. If you have had any health problems tell the doctor, no matter how insignificant you think they are.

Today, more and more people are choosing to have cosmetic surgery. It is the nature of the beast, so to speak. The fountain of youth has been sought after for generations, and plastic surgery brings you one step closer to looking younger, more beautiful, and more desirable. Or does it?

If you are happy with the way you look, plastic surgery is not worth the risk. If you aren’t; you can plan on this as a way of life. Unfortunately, for some it is.