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Guide to Minimizing Your Plastic Surgery Risks

Thursday, November 15, 2007 General News J E 4
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LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14 The recent death of Donda West, rapperKanye West's mother, raised questions about the safety of plastic surgery. Thefactors contributing to her untimely death are still emerging and includeconcerns over her physician's lack of board certification and his decision tocombine procedures in a lengthy surgery. "Patients should be reassured thatDonda West's tragic outcome is unusual," said Dr. Tracy Hankins of ArianaCosmetic Surgery and Laser Center. "Complications are uncommon if your surgeryis performed in a safe manner," he emphasized.

Popular cosmetic surgery shows have given people the idea that only onesurgery is necessary for a head-to-toe transformation. Dr. Hankins said thatcosmetic surgery shows are a good way to increase people's awareness ofplastic surgery's benefits, but may also dangerously skew a patient'sexpectations.

About Ariana Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center

Ariana Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is a full service cosmeticenhancement facility. From cosmetic surgery to non-invasive laser treatments,Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, W. Tracy Hankins, M.D. and Ariana's staffprovide patients with many options to enhance their appearance and maintaintheir youthful looks. Ariana is located at 5876 S. Pecos Road, Las Vegas,Nevada 89120, (702) 733-1333, http://www.arianasurgery.com.Dr. Hankins offered these tips to minimize plastic surgery risks: 1) Verify your physician is board certified in plastic surgery. Board certification demonstrates that your doctor meets professional standards. "Most doctors certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery list that on their web site," said Dr. Hankins. Patients can visit the American Board of Medical Specialties at http://www.abms.org to check their doctor's certification. 2) Seek several opinions. "Speak with several board certified plastic surgeons and understand that the most conservative recommendations may come from the surgeons who are most concerned with your safety and well-being," said Dr. Hankins. 3) Discuss how many surgeries will be necessary to achieve the result you want. 4) Ask your doctor to explain the risks associated with your medical background and profile. Your age, weight, and health are all factors. 5) Verify that your doctor is operating in an accredited facility. 6) Ask about post-operative care. If complications do arise, it is imperative that you seek care immediately.

SOURCE Ariana Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center
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