In the last few years, the risks associated with routine plastic surgery have been brought into the spotlight by several high-profile deaths. Former Miss Argentina Solange Magnano is the most recent celebrity to succumb to the operating table. While undergoing a gluteoplasty (a butt lift), Magnano suffered complications and subsequently died of a pulmonary embolism. She was young, fit, and the mother of twin seven year-old boys.
There's never a good explanation for why these things happen, except to say that there are no guarantees in life, and there definitely aren't any guarantees on the operating table. No matter how popular plastic surgery has become, or will become in the future, the risks will always be there. As with any major surgery, all it takes is a slip of the scalpel, or a freak accident, to end an otherwise healthy person's life. This fact should not be taken lightly, but at the same time we have to remember that the death rate of plastic surgery candidates is extremely small in the scheme of things. For the most part, these are healthy, attractive people making the choice to go under the knife in hopes of coming out looking better than ever. Life is full of gambles, and getting plastic surgery is definitely one of them. Luckily, the odds are in your favor that everything will go smoothly and as expected.
The main reason that deaths such as that of Solange Magnano get so much media and public attention is that they involve celebrities. Of course it's going to be front page news when the former Miss Argentina, a beautiful and healthy young woman, dies unexpectedly. There has been virtually a media firestorm over it, as you can see from publications like Time and The Huffington Post. Stories like this will always make headlines because they're jarring and sensationalized to the point that people become afraid of something as common as plastic surgery.
What happened to Magnano is without a doubt tragic, but sometimes life is tragic. And everything we do, every step we make in life carries some kind of risk. Solange Magnano was living her life the way she wanted to, and unfortunately she suffered the unlikely worst case scenario as a result of it. The best thing you can do when faced with this kind of frightfest is get educated. Learn the facts about plastic surgery, and the potential risks, for yourself. Then you can make an informed decision that's right for you, rather than being scared into inaction by a media feeding frenzy.