Choosing to undergo cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance or address a physical flaw you've always wanted to correct is a big step, and it can be thrilling to take that first step toward your new, improved self. Expect a wide range of emotions in the days, weeks, or months leading up to your procedure. The last thing you want to hear as the big day for surgery approaches is that you don't qualify for it. While the vast majority of men and women will breeze through their preoperative appointments without a hitch, there are a few situations that could actually rule someone out of their desired procedure.
At Diamond Post Care, we are committed to ensuring each patient is well-informed about the procedure they are considering and meets all necessary qualifications. If you're thinking about getting cosmetic surgery in Florida, it's important to know if you'll even be considered a qualified candidate. How do I know if I'm qualified for plastic surgery?
The criteria for receiving plastic surgery are not always black and white. Each of the many cosmetic procedures and treatments offered is distinct from the others. Some fat-reduction, skin-tightening, and anti-aging treatments, for example, are minimally invasive or nonsurgical and can be safely undertaken on almost any patient, whereas more extensive surgeries, such as tummy-tucks or breast augmentations, may have strict eligibility requirements. Those who meet the following criteria are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery:
Having Good Health
At A Normal, Healthy Weight
Not Expecting A Child
An evaluation by a highly qualified, knowledgeable, and seasoned board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to find out if you are a good candidate for the treatment or procedure you are interested in. Each consultation with our in-house specialist is carefully planned to ensure the patient's safety and give them the best chance of a successful operation with beautiful, long-lasting results.
What health factors could disqualify me from having plastic surgery?
There is no doubt that the choice to undergo cosmetic surgery requires extensive consideration, money, and other resources. If you've come to this conclusion and then find out you don't qualify for surgery, it can be devastating. That is why it's important to find out if you qualify before deciding to get plastic surgery.
A plastic surgeon may decide not to perform the procedure or may delay it for a variety of health and lifestyle reasons. Surgeons have the right to request additional paperwork, lifestyle changes, or pre-operative tests from their patients if they have any reason to believe that a procedure poses an undesirable risk to the patient. Some of the most frequent factors, as identified by our specialists, are:
Tobacco use: Because nicotine reduces blood flow, it can prolong healing time and cause complications (such as black, necrotic skin). If a patient tests positive for nicotine on the day of surgery, most doctors think it is risky to go ahead with the procedure.
BMI: A person with a high body mass index (BMI) is more likely to experience healing problems as well as anesthesia complications. Experts say that patients who are overweight are more likely to have blood sugar issues, which can slow down the healing process.
Underlying medical issues: Some severe medical conditions, like thyroid and diabetes, can increase your risk of experiencing complications after surgery. Most doctors agree that these things do play a role in whether they take a patient or not.
Medications: Immunosuppressants and blood thinners, for example, raise the danger of infection and bleeding/hematoma, even if the patient stops taking them before surgery. Plastic surgeons assess each individual patient's needs.
The following medical conditions may prevent you from undergoing plastic surgery:
High blood pressure
Underlying health condition
Previous surgical complication
History of problems with anesthesia
Any qualified plastic surgeon will put patient wellness ahead of all else. During your initial consultation with our specialist, he will assess your eligibility for plastic surgery by gathering information about your medical history, reviewing any medications you may be taking, discussing any conditions you may have, and hearing about the procedures you are interested in. Many cosmetic procedures call for general anesthesia, which can rule out patients with underlying conditions or a history of complications from prior anesthetic use. On the day of surgery, a patient may be asked to take a urine test to make sure they don't smoke, which can cause problems during the surgery and the time afterward.
Don't give up hope if any of the above plastic surgery disqualifications apply to you. Our specialists will do everything in their power to help you resolve the problems that are preventing you from undergoing plastic surgery so that you can have your planned procedure as soon as it is medically possible. If your weight or pregnancy is preventing you from having surgery, for instance, you may be able to postpone the operation until you have reached your target weight or until you have successfully finished breastfeeding. If you're on any medicines that could cause problems during surgery or anesthesia, we'll figure out if it's safe for you to stop taking them for a while or if you should take something else instead.
If our specialist decides that you are not a good candidate for plastic surgery, we may suggest less invasive ways to get the results you want.
Do you feel like it's time to give yourself a facelift and get the stunning new features you've always wanted, but you're not sure if plastic surgery is right for you? If you want to know for sure, you should seek the opinion of a board-certified plastic surgeon. Get in touch with the helpful staff at Diamond Post Care in Florida today to arrange a virtual or physical consultation with internationally renowned board-certified post surgery recovery experts, or to book an space in our plastic surgery recovery home to see them in person. We can't wait to hear from you soon!