Assessing Risks, Complications of Plastic Surgery

The Los Angeles County coroner's office is still investigating what caused the death of rap star Kanye West's mother, Donda West, after a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Dr. Brian Evans, a plastic surgeon with the Cosmetic Physicians of Beverly Hills, offers advice and warnings for those thinking about going under the knife.

He says the following questions should be considered:

- Does (s)he have experience in the procedure of interest?

- How long has (s)he been in practice?

- Is (s)he certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

- Is (s)he recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists?

- Does the doctor have before and after pictures? Does (s)he have any examples of complications that can occur?

- Is the doctor on staff at any of the main hospitals in the area and have admitting privileges?

- What are the risks of the procedure?

- How long will the recovery be?

- Will you need blood work, an EKG, a chest X-ray or a stress test before the procedure?

- Will you need assistance after surgery? An after-care facility?

- As a smoker, diabetic, or obese person, are you at a greater risk for surgery?

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