Cosmetic Surgery Complications Are Actually Very Rare

Concerns over the safety of cosmetic surgery have surged following the news that Kanye West's mother, Donda West, died after undergoing a tummy tuck and breast reduction. However, serious complications from cosmetic procedures are uncommon when the surgery is performed by the appropriate doctor.

A study published three years ago in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery indicates that complications such as infections and respiratory problems occur in only one of about 300 cosmetic procedures. Even rarer, death after cosmetic surgery occurs once out of almost 59,000 procedures.

An autopsy has not been able to definitively link Donda West's death to her surgery, and it is not currently known if she had any medical conditions that could have interfered with her recovery. Additionally, it has come to light that her surgeon, the often televised Dr. Jan Adams, is not board-certified in plastic surgery, was already being investigated by the California state medical board for alcohol-related arrests, and has paid nearly $500,000 in malpractice settlements.

Factors like these serve as a lesson to anyone looking into cosmetic surgery. You can minimize risks by fully researching and choosing a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and appropriate credentials for your chosen procedure, and by fully disclosing an up-to-date medical history with him or her.

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