Given the popularity of plastic surgery, many prospective patients focus only on the potential results when making a decision about whether to go under the knife. While weighing the anticipated results is important, experts are quick to point out the most crucial component of the decision-making process is safety, The Vancouver Sun reports.
Taking the time to do research is essential for patients who want a safe, successful surgery, such as a tummy tuck procedure. Patients should make sure they know the risks, costs, what kinds of doctors are qualified to perform the procedure, length of healing time and overall effectiveness. Though much of the onus rests on patients, the importance of safety has a lot to do with the surgeons themselves.
"Plastic surgeons have been very concerned about not having disasters that besmirch the feelings of the general population," one Vancouver-based plastic surgeon told the newspaper. "We have a tremendous emphasis on quality care and on prevention of major complications."
Luckily, there are many resources available for patients considering a tummy tuck procedure or any other plastic surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery maintains a database that allows patients to check if their surgeon is board certified.