Health risk misconceptions are often fueled by limited information on the web and anecdotal information by persons who have experienced or heard, negative outcomes in surgery. In this interview Dr. Widder guides patients to seek complete information from their doctor as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons who can explain that risks in cosmetic plastic surgery are no greater than other forms of surgery.
Q: As the “DC Butt Doctor,” do you receive many questions about the safety of cosmetic surgery procedures?
I actually get questions of this nature often. Sometimes patients come to my office and have heard rumors about cosmetic surgery health risks. They may be very eager, for example, to undergo surgery for buttock enhancement or some other procedure, but are hesitant because of complications they’ve only heard about.
Q: How do you respond to these questions and concerns?
I try to ease their minds by letting them know that there is no exceptional danger associated with cosmetic surgery. As with all surgeries, there are risks, but that is not increased in the case of cosmetic enhancements. I direct those who are still unsure to take a look at what the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has to say about preparing for a safe plastic surgery experience. The recommendations are remarkably similar to prepping for any kind of surgery.
Q: Is the extra concern about cosmetic surgery due to the idea that it involves elective rather than necessary procedures?
Yes, I think that is what people believe sometimes. But the truth is that plastic surgery is not always done for vanity’s sake, and can sometimes actually improve health. Sometimes health issues require the help of a cosmetic surgeon. For example, rhinoplasty can greatly improve the life of someone who finds breathing difficult because of obstructed nasal passages or breast reduction can alleviate back pain etc. Even when surgery is for purposes of appearance, the risks are still not greater than when there is a medical objective As long as it is being done in an accredited surgery center by a board-certified plastic surgeon. I encourage potential patients to learn all the facts about the procedure that is of interest. Fear, especially without facts, is not helpful in making a good, confident decision.
Q: What is your general advice for those beginning to think about cosmetic surgery?
Always have the surgery in a surgery center accredited by a reputable organization like the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Make sure your surgeon is board certified. Finally, it is very, very important to make sure to disclose any and all existing health conditions you may have and get cleared by your internist for any medical issue or if you are over age 45. Anyone interested in more information about safety and preparing for a procedure can find it on my website and also at the site of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Shlomo Widder, the “D.C. Butt Doctor,” offers premium services to fit every cosmetic surgery need in Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and beyond. As the only plastic surgery center in the area offering buttock implants, other services include rhinoplasty, facelift, facial implants, otoplasty ear tuck, Botox and facial fillers, cheek, chin, and eyelids surgery, liposuction, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, gynecomastia surgery, pectoral implants, and calf implants. Consultations are free of charge.
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