The ultimate decision to undergo plastic surgery requires complete understanding and agreement between the patient and the surgeon. It is the patient's duty to fully inform himself or herself regarding the procedure, and the physician's responsibility to provide the best possible services in the light of present knowledge. However, the end result of any surgery can never be fully predicted. Some plastic surgery procedures depend on specialized medical implants. Some of these are expected to remain implanted in patients for the rest of their lives. These items are not exact substitutes for original body tissue. They have limitations which are part of the trade-offs for this type of surgery. It is in your interest to learn the basic facts about these implants so that you may possibly recognize and avoid problems that could adversely affect your health at a later date.
The implantation of a prosthesis entails long-term commitments on the part of the patient. These vary depending on the nature of the surgery and the condition of the patient. It is the patient's responsibility to comply with their physician's directives to avoid unnecessary risks and problems as well as to undergo periodic examinations.