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Kanye West Tragedy Emphasizes Most Important Things to Consider When Having Cosmetic Surgery According to Boston's Dr. William Adams

Boston, MA – – November 13, 2007 – – Dr. Bill Adams, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and Director of The Adams Center, one of the most established plastic surgery practices in greater Boston, is urging caution in the search to find a “reason why” following the death of Kanye West’s mother.

While the loss of West’s mother due to what appears to be complications following plastic surgery is a terrible tragedy, 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;” says Dr. Bill Adams, “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 mental and physical 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. We won’t release a patient until we’ve evaluated them, and are convinced they’re ready to go.”

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, Says Dr. Adams. “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.”

About The Adams Center
With over 26 years of experience, The Adams Center has helped thousands of people improve their appearance and enhance their self esteem. The Adams Center offers a full spectrum of both surgical and non-surgical procedures, personal fitness, and skin care products. Dr. William Adams is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and is recognized both nationally and internationally as a top cosmetic surgeon. He is a frequently featured speaker at national conferences on cosmetic surgery, and is regularly interviewed on TV, radio and in print. The Adams Center has offices located in Peabody and Boston, MA. For more information, please visit

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