While plastic surgeons can deliver amazing results with their well-honed surgical skills and keen sense of aesthetics, an important criterion to be considered an ideal candidate is the state of health. Your overall health must be satisfactory to qualify for any plastic surgery intervention.
Plastic surgery is a major operation, no matter which part of the body it targets. It involves the placement of incisions, which makes it particularly risky. Most plastic surgery procedures are performed under general anesthesia, which increases the risks of side effects and possible complications during and after surgery. To minimize risks, to prepare your body for recovery, to ensure best results, you must be healthy or take steps to make lifestyle changes so you can be in peak of health prior surgery.
Patients suffering from serious ailments will have difficulty handling the physical trauma of plastic surgery. More likely than not, the surgery might trigger some serious complications for such patients. While nothing is absolute in surgery and recovery, being in good overall health to begin with gives you the edge and assurance of better aesthetic results, faster and smoother recovery, and reduced complications. This is the reason why plastic surgeons assess the overall health of patients in order to determine their candidacy for plastic surgery procedures.
Patients with serious diseases will be advised to avoid plastic surgery. The following health conditions are considered red lines in plastic surgery:
1. Diabetes – It can lead to increase risk of infection
2. History of anesthetic reactions – Your body may react adversely to anesthesia during surgery, which can become life threatening. There is a higher risk of shock and coma for patients with a history of adverse reactions to anesthesia.
3. Bleeding history – If you have a history of excessive bleeding or blood disorder, or if you have been taking blood-thinning medications, you are at risk of uncontrolled bleeding during plastic surgery.
4. Blood clotting history – If you have a history of blood clotting, blood clots may form in your body, especially in your lower body, after plastic surgery. In order to avoid this condition, your surgeon may encourage you to take slow and short walks after the procedure.
5. Cardiac, hypertension, and respiratory problems – If you are suffering from diseases of the heart, high blood pressure, or problems with the lungs, your plastic surgeon would advise you to avoid plastic surgery, because it can be very dangerous for you.
6. Autoimmune disorders – Autoimmune diseases and skin problems can also be problematic during and after plastic surgery. If you have an autoimmune disease, it can be particularly risky especially if the plastic surgery involves the placement of prosthetic devices like implants in your body. Severity of some skin diseases can escalate and be exacerbated after the procedure.
In a nutshell, is extremely important that you disclose your health history and medications, past and present, to your plastic surgeon. The surgeon also needs to know if you have had previous surgeries. Disclosing your complete medical history will protect you from life threatening complications before or after the surgery. It will also enable the surgeon to anticipate and properly prepare for possible complications during the surgery.
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