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Do You Have What It Takes For Cosmetic Surgery?

Surgeons perform cosmetic surgery which changes appearance or form. They also perform reconstructive plastic surgery which restores form and function following illness or trauma. Either way,  doctors require that patients who are healthy, have realistic expectations, who understand the risks and are able to follow the directions they give them. Do you have what it takes for plastic or cosmetic surgery?

Your Health

It is important that you are  honest with your doctor during his or her assessment of you or, not only will you put your health at risk, but you might also lessen the results that you expect. Your body should be healthy and in good shape so it will be able to withstand the stress of an operation and to heal more quickly. Ideally, you will be between 25 and 45 years old, a non-smoker, clean of illegal drugs, of an average weight, no heart or circulation problems and be free of allergies and infections.

The Risk Factor

Although most cosmetic surgeries are not necessary, it does not mean that they are not dangerous. Cutting into a body, exposes it to the possibility of infection, scarring, and even death. Before you go into any surgery, be aware of all of the potential risks:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs
  • Loss of blood
  • Disfiguration
  • Reactions to the anaesthesia
  • Extreme pain
  • Edema
  • Shock
Your Expectations

You need to have realistic expectations for your cosmetic surgery. Although it will significantly improve your life and your appearance, chances are that you will never be completely perfect. Nor will it will change your life or any problems that you have. Remember, surgery will have different results for different people. If you enter into it with unrealistic expectations, due to a negative self image for example, you are only going to be disappointed with the results.

Pre & Post- Op Instructions

It is crucial that you follow your doctor’s instructions as they can help to expedite your healing time as well as minimise the possibility of infection and of poor results.