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RISKS for Beauty

Dr. Gary Alter

In the world of plastic surgery there are no guarantees. But to minimize risks, there are steps patients can take to promote a fast recovery and better healing.

Selecting a board certified surgeon ensures that your physician regularly submits to a rigorous peer review and evaluation. The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) also requires that specialists engage in continuing education and regular testing to become re-certified. They must pass rigorous standards and remain current on new medical breakthroughs, techniques and procedures that will ensure the best results for the patient. References will give you direct testimonials to help you decide if a surgeon is right for you.

Still, every surgery comes with its own risk factors. Risks can include scarring, excessive bleeding, permanent nerve damage and even death.  To minimize the risk of excessive bleeding, stop taking aspirin or blood thinners two weeks before surgery. Smoking can cause spasms in blood vessels, which decreases the blood supply and can prevent healing nutrients from entering cells.

“There can be no mistakes during surgery, but there are always complications,†says Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Alter who has appeared on E! Network’s Dr. 90210. Dr. Alter is a urologist as well as a certified facial and body plastic surgeon. His practice includes a variety of procedures, including genital reconstruction, breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tuck. He has developed a number of recommendations to create a safer, healthier outcome for his patients during surgery and in recovery. In some cases, exercise is a great way to aid the healing process, along with regular follow-up visits.

Surprisingly, plastic surgery can become addictive, says Dr. Alter. After a successful surgery, satisfaction with the outcome may lead to a desire to enhance one’s appearance further. However, multiple surgeries in one specific area can increase scar tissue and the risk of complications, and scar tissue can become distorted. The result can be difficult to repair.

“Plastic surgery enhances your look,†said Dr. Alter, “It should make you happy, not leave you scarred for life. Do your research, ask others for referrals and make sure you feel secure before you undergo any procedure.â€

For more information on plastic surgery and Dr. Gary Alter, visit his website at www.altermd.com

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