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You may be thinking about undergoing cosmetic surgery for the first time. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Is it safe?”

Cosmetic surgery has been around for thousands of years and, like many things, it has only gotten better with time. But, there are certain factors that you should keep in mind when deciding whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.


From lasers to injectable fillers, the safety of just about every aspect in cosmetic surgery has improved immensely in the last ten years or so. At our cosmetic surgery practice we know first hand just how developed everything has gotten.

By using only the most advanced lasers for skin resurfacing, body contouring, and hair and tattoo removal, Dr. O’Toole is able to provide patients with noticeably effective procedures without the downtime associated with the lasers that other facilities may use.

Derma fillers, such as Radiesse® and Juvéderm®, are made of calcium hydroxyapatite and hyaluronic acid, which naturally occur in the human body. This means that there is a very low risk of any complication developing after these fillers are injected, and both fillers are also FDA-approved.

Experience of the Surgeon

Many people may not know this, but any person with a medical license is allowed to perform cosmetic surgery. This is a scary thought, as a person who has never performed any type of surgery is technically allowed to perform your procedure if you let them.

For the safest procedure possible, it always best to choose a surgeon who has the following qualifications:

  • Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

  • Regularly performs the type of procedure that you desire

  • Privileges to perform surgery at accredited facilities and hospitals

The Patient

The most important part of any surgical procedure or cosmetic treatment is you! Although your physical and emotional health largely depend on your own lifestyle choices, when you visit Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. O’Toole and his staff will make you feel comfortable from the moment of your initial consultation until your final post-operative appointment.

Dr. O’Toole is certified by the ABPS and routinely performs many types of face, breast, and body procedures to help his patients achieve the appearance they desire. In addition, he performs all his cosmetic surgery procedures at an accredited facility to ensure a safe and effective outcome.

Feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Toole for all of your cosmetic surgery needs by calling (626) 689-7800 or filling out our online contact form today. Our board certified surgeon is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most effective treatments possible.