Plastic surgery has become more popular through the years for many reasons. One is that it has become more affordable due to advanced technology. There’s also, in general, less downtime and a bigger variety of procedures that can correct many cosmetic issues. But despite the fact that it’s accessible and more mainstream, it’s still not for everyone.
Plastic surgery has benefits and risks, and these need to be discussed with a board certified plastic surgeon before any procedure takes place. You may be surprised to learn that some health conditions and emotional issues can stand in the way of a successful surgery. Here are some of the most common reasons patients may not be right for some plastic surgery procedures:
- Diabetes: People who have diabetes, especially those whose blood sugar isn’t under good control, may be advised to avoid plastic surgery. High blood glucose levels impair the body’s healing process and increase risks and complications.
- High blood pressure or heart or lung disease: Having high blood pressure can be dangerous both during and after surgery, so things that are considered elective, like plastic surgery, may not be advised.
- Bleeding disorders: Even minor procedures have more risks in a person with a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia. When the blood doesn’t clot properly, a patient’s bleeding may become uncontrollable during or after surgery.
- Heavy alcohol use or smoking: Both of these substances impair healing of the body’s tissues, and can cause blood clotting problems. If you wish to have plastic surgery, your surgeon will likely talk with you about ways you can quit smoking or drinking for at least several weeks before and after surgery. Of course, if you can quit for a few weeks, why not quit permanently? Your health will improve greatly as a result.
- Big emotional changes: A divorce, death in the family, or another severe emotional strain doesn’t mean you can’t have plastic surgery, but you should be evaluated to ensure you’re mentally fit to handle the procedure and have realistic expectations. Sometimes patients are advised to wait a little while, and deal with the mental stress, and have the surgery once their life has settled down.
If you’re not sure whether you are a good candidate for plastic surgery, don’t be afraid to ask! A board certified plastic surgeon will want to discuss these and any other health conditions with you before making a decision about surgery. For those people who may not be good candidates for plastic surgery, less invasive options may be a great option. And remember, a qualified plastic surgeon will have your safety and best interests in mind — so if you’re turned down for a particular procedure, it’s not because they don’t want to help you. It’s because they don’t want to risk your health and well-being.
Would you like to find out if you’re a good candidate for plastic surgery? Monarch Plastic Surgery offers a multitude of cosmetic surgical procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, the Monarch mini facelift, and skin rejuvenation procedures. Request a consultation online with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons today, or call (913) 663-3838 for our Lansing, Leawood, and Lee’s Summit offices, or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location!