• Are You A Good Cosmetic Surgery Candidate?

Are You A Good Cosmetic Surgery Candidate?

There’s no denying it — plastic surgery is as popular as it’s ever been. According to the most recent study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 18 million people in the United States underwent a cosmetic procedure in 2018, surgical and non-surgical. Some of the most popular procedures include breast augmentation, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery. With cosmetic procedures becoming increasingly more sophisticated, getting the desired look has become as easy as ever.

Are You A Good Cosmetic Surgery Candidate

But as popular as cosmetic surgery may be in North America and around the world, it’s definitely not for everyone. There are many competing factors that may label you as an unworthy candidate, especially for more invasive procedures. Here are some of the main factors to keep in mind before heading to your upcoming consultation appointment:

Your Health

First thing’s first — your health. Before any patient considers plastic surgery, they need to consider their overall health. This is extremely important as the healthier you are, the better shape you will be to get through surgery and recover without any issue. Your physical health is the first thing surgeons will consider with every patient before undergoing any sort of treatment, no matter how invasive (or not) it may be. As a general rule of thumb, health professionals advise against getting any major surgical procedures done if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or any bleeding disorders.

Those who have weak immune systems are also not advised to get cosmetic surgery as it may compromise your ability to recover effectively. Post-operative recovery can be just as important as the procedure itself. Patients who are unable to recovery properly might not get the results they initially wanted or spend much longer recovering which can take up additional time in your life. Those with low immune systems are also at higher risk of infection, which can also impact the recovery process.

Your Habits

Lifestyle habits that impact your health can also affect your eligibility for being a good plastic surgery candidate. The mains ones include smoking and alcoholism. While you can still get the procedure you want done, you have to make a commitment to not smoke or drink weeks leading up to surgery and weeks following. This helps ensure that your body is in the best possible condition to not only get the procedure done but also recover from it effectively. Patients that decide to drink or smoke against their surgeon’s advice, risk jeopardizing their results and overall health.

In the best-case scenario, especially in the case of regular smokers, not smoking before surgery should be taken as a good excuse to break the habit completely which can have major health benefits to you down the road.

Your State Of Mind

Sometimes you have to look below the surface to see whether or not going under the knife is right for you. Firstly, are you doing it for the right reasons? If you’re obsessively trying to change your body or doing it for someone other than yourself, you might want to take a step back and reassess your motives for getting the procedure done.

Patients also need to keep in mind that big changes to the body can have an immense emotional impact. So not only do they need to be ready for that but also have the emotional support from family and friends ready if they need it. Patients also need to be aware of the fact that results can take months to fully reveal themselves so depending on how big the procedure is, patients need to be aware that they be in it for the long haul and may need to be mentally prepared for that.

Takeaway: Consult With A Reputable Plastic Surgeon

If you’re not sure whether or not you’d make a good candidate for the cosmetic procedure you have in mind, book a consultation with a reputable and board-certified plastic surgeon. During that consultation, not only will they be able to address any questions or concerns surrounding the surgery but they’ll also do a thorough background check of your medical history to assess any potential risks or complications you might have undergoing the procedure.

While the cosmetic industry is a business that generates millions of dollars a year, the best surgeons who are truly passionate about what they do and do their work with integrity will be upfront about your eligibility to undergo plastic surgery. Unfortunately, there are surgeons out there that will perform high-risk procedures for the right price, which can have a major impact on your overall wellbeing. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, nothing is worth your life so be sure to consult with a good surgeon.

For an opinion, you can truly trust, book a consultation with Dr. McLean today. With three decades of experience under his belt and patients travelling from far and wide to come to meet with him — on top of his incredible expertise, he’s built a reputation of respect and integrity amongst his patients. In the case that a patient is not eligible for plastic surgery or too high risk, not only will he explain why but depending on the situation will give you advice on how to make yourself an ideal candidate. From developing healthier habits or advising on better lifestyle choices, he’ll give you the tools needed so you can see him down the road when you’re ready.

June 28, 2019
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