What is the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery?
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to correct defects (as in breast reconstruction after cancer surgery) and to restore form or function to a part of the face or body which is considered to be outside the range of normal. Cosmetic surgery procedures are designed to enhance a part of the face or body which is actually within the range of normal, but there is a personal desire to improve upon it in some way.

How safe is plastic surgery?
Although hundreds of thousands of people have plastic surgical procedures every year without complications, no surgical procedure is completely risk-free. There is always at least some risk associated with any surgical procedure. However, as a patient, you can play an important role in reducing that risk.

Begin by choosing an American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) board certified plastic surgeon. While credentials alone can’t guarantee a successful outcome, it certainly starts things off on the right note. Inform your doctor of any medications you’re taking and your full medical history, so that a proper evaluation of your medical condition can be done and proper steps taken to help to protect you against potential complications. Follow your doctor’s before and after instructions to the best of your ability.

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