One of the most commonly asked questions about plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures is what the risks are. With any procedure there can be complications, but according to statistics they just don’t occur frequently enough to cause any real worry with prospective patients.
In order to understand how widespread plastic surgery complications are, it’s important to look at the statistics.
- Out of 40,000 people, only 0.05% experience serious complications. There are greater risks associated with non-cosmetic surgical procedures, including those that are elective
- Mortality rates from plastic surgery are extremely low. Out of 57,000 people included in a case study, there was only one death. Serious complications that develop following plastic surgery cannot always be attributed to the procedure either, as there are other factors to consider.
- Other factors put individuals at risk for more serious complications following plastic surgery. Individuals who are overweight, that smoke, that have a history of cancer, or that have disorders with the lungs or nervous system are are at a higher risk.
With every life decision there are potential risks. But if you have concerns about potential risks or complications from plastic surgery, discuss it with your surgeon. The more they know, the better they can put you at ease and also ensure they reduce the risk factors that may effect you.