As with any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery procedures are not without risks. Fortunately, the improvement in surgical techniques over the years, and the general good health of our patients, procedures continue to be made as safe as possible. Thus, the risks with cosmetic surgery are usually much less than with other types of surgery.
Although risks cannot be completely eliminated, measures such as the use of antibiotics and appropriate preoperative medical screening, when indicated, can help minimize these risks. As with most other types of surgery, bleeding or bruising, infection, anesthesia or drug allergies, scars and asymmetry can occur with cosmetic surgery.
Avoidance of ASPIRIN and ASPIRIN-LIKE medications is mandatory to decrease the risk of intra-operative and post-operative bleeding, since these medicines thin the blood. They should not be taken for at least 10 days prior to or after surgery.