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Kanye West Tragedy Emphasizes Most Important Things to Consider When Having Cosmetic Surgery

With all of the recent reports in the news about the death of Kanye West's mother, Donda, due to what appears to be complications resulting from cosmetic surgery, I'd like to urge caution in the search to find a “reason why” following this tragic loss.

While any death is a tragedy, especially preventable deaths, it’s important to note that complications are rare in plastic surgery when performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in accredited surgical facilities. In fact, a 2003 ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) study shows that serious complication rates are less than half of 1%, while a 1997 Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery study shows that mortality rates are 1/57,000. However, complications can happen in any surgery, including plastic surgery.

Every patient is different, and everyone responds differently to treatment, including plastic surgery. Even the best surgeons could experience complications. Some of the ways that we as surgeons minimize issues during surgery, and post-surgery, is that we do a thorough evaluation before hand. Then during the surgery, I make sure that there’s a full staff on hand to deal with any possible complications. Follow-up is also very important.”

It’s also important for a potential patient to carefully evaluate the surgeon they’re considering. An American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery showed that 28% of cosmetic surgery patients didn’t check their doctor’s credentials before surgery; 37% didn’t check if their surgeon was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and 54% did not check to see if their surgeon completed an accredited residency training program in plastic surgery.

What many consumers don’t know is that any medical doctor can actually perform plastic surgery. It’s important to evaluate your surgeon, and the facility that your surgery will be performed at. We have our own AAAASF [American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities] approved surgical center. The approval process is incredibly thorough. Not only is our operating room itself inspected, our staff’s credentials are evaluated and vetted, and all of our equipment is checked to make sure it’s ready, and up to date with the highest standards in care.

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Dr. Bill Adams is a greater Boston area board certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience in the field.