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Safer plastic surgery
A recent California ruling is yet another way to save lives
Complications from plastic surgery are rare – as long as you go to a properly trained and credentialed surgeon – but the media gets worked up into a frenzy when someone in the public eye has less-than-desirable outcomes or worse yet, dies. That was the case when Donda West, Kanye’s mother, died last year after experiencing complications related to elective plastic surgery. Although her doctor, and his past, were the subjects of media scrutiny, Donda’s autopsy revealed that her death was likely caused by heart disease, rather than the complications associated with her breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction. (FYI, the more procedures performed at one time, the higher the risk of complications.)
Prompted by Donda’s death, a new law passed by the California State Senate now requires that all patients be given a physical exam before being cleared for plastic surgery. Had Donda received a full physical examination before her surgery, her heart disease may have been detected and perhaps deemed her an unsuitable candidate for surgery.
We’re all for this new rule, and we hope that other states follow suit. But until this law goes nationwide, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety, and your post-surgery results. First, make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. And if you want to be sure your surgeon meets the highest standards in aesthetic surgery, see if he or she is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.