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Cosmetic Surgery Is on the Rise

Number of Procedures Jumped 20% in 2003, With Liposuction Leading the List

Risks Should Not be Underestimated continued...

"Doctors should discuss risks, complications, and alternatives to surgery so their patients have a full understanding of the consequences of what they are contemplating," Bernard says. "Patients come in and they know the routine because they are seeing more than one doctor and are talking to friends who say, 'don't tell the doctor this or they won't operate,' so some people will withhold information," he says.

And they don't realize they are doing themselves a disservice, Bernard adds.

For example, the doctor asks, "do you smoke?" And you say "No," but you are really a pack-a-day smoker. This affects the risk and possibly the types of surgery you choose, he says.

To make sure you get the best possible outcome, always choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and "don't to go into a plastic surgeon's office with a preconceived idea of the procedure," he says. "Go in and have conversation with plastic surgeon and tell him what you perceive as a problem, and have a dialogue with the doctor."

To find a board-certified plastic surgeon near you, visit the ASAPS web site at www.surgery.org.

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