As is true for any surgery, plastic surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and other postoperative complications. These can occur no matter how skilled and experienced the surgeon.
You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified, board certified plastic surgeon and closely following their advice, both before and after surgery. Dr. Back and our staff take the time to inform each patient about their procedure, including unexpected problems that could arise – patients need to be well-educated about these possibilities before surgery.
There are medical conditions that could cause particular problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, bleeding problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. These have to be discussed and plans tailored accordingly. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you are taking any drugs, medications, or over-the-counter products, including herbs, since some of these can affect bleeding, bruising and swelling leading to dangerous complications or affecting your final result.
Because smoking increases the chances of developing complications and disturbs the healing process, you will need to stop smoking 2 to 4 weeks before a surgical procedure and for 2 to 4 weeks afterwards.