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FAQ: Is cosmetic surgery safe?

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As with any surgical intervention, risk is involved. During your consultation, your provider will discuss with you the risks, benefits and alternatives specific to your desires. That being said, when performed by a well-trained surgeon in an accredited facility, cosmetic surgery is very safe. At CSA, our surgeons are triple board certified and our facility is accredited by the AAAHC.

My brother recently asked me who he should go to, to have an inguinal hernia repaired. He lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota. I told him to ask his potential surgeons how many they have done in their careers and how many do they perform each year. This implies experience and frequency. These two questions alone are the single most valuable questions you could ask a surgeon to determine if they are the right one for you. How many is the right answer? More than 2,000 in a career and more than 300 cases per year are a good mark of excellence. The final question to ask is how long the average case take to perform. We and other surgeons have verified that the single strongest predictor of complications is the operative time. A long time in surgery means a lack of efficiency and familiarity. Efficiency and familiarity are what you want in order to increase safety and patient satisfaction with your chosen procedure.

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