At your initial consultation, your doctor will ask you a number of questions to determine whether you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. The truth is that not everyone is suited for plastic surgery, and depending on the procedure you want, there are different requirements you must meet based on age, physical health, and lifestyle.
No matter the kind of procedure you choose, you must be in reasonably good health. Certain health problems will probably bar you from plastic surgery if it increases the rate of complications. A plastic surgeon will never recommend that a patient should have a cosmetic procedure if there is a high risk of complications which outweigh the expected benefit. Your detailed medical history and medication use will be covered during your first consultation, and your surgeon will determine if you are in a high risk category. Certain conditions which place you at higher risk include high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and others.
You must be psychologically stable to undergo plastic surgery. This means you must have realistic expectations and discuss what you hope your surgery can achieve. Your surgeon will give you an honest assessment of what you can expect from your face or body procedure, and remind you that you should not seek perfection, but improvement. If you go into plastic surgery with unrealistic hopes, you will probably be dissatisfied with your results.
Your lifestyle is another factor which will determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. For example, smoking compromises your candidacy for plastic surgery, and you will have to quit smoking for at least 3 weeks before your procedure because smokers are at higher risk for complications from anesthesia and poor blood flow. Smokers have constricted blood vessels, putting them at increased risk of poor blood supply to the skin and deeper tissues. Also, smoking during your recovery will result in a longer recovery period, increased risk of unfavorable scarring and infection. Smoking can also diminish your results more quickly. If you are a smoker, your doctor will discuss how you can quit so you will be a better candidate for plastic surgery.
In order to be a good candidate for plastic surgery, you must be totally honest with your doctor regarding your medical history, medication use and lifestyle. If you are not honest with your doctor, you put yourself at unnecessary risk for complications and unfavorable results.
To learn more about our plastic surgery services in Los Angeles and Southern California, please call West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565.
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