If you are considering plastic surgery, you may be wondering about health and safety issues. While plastic surgery is generally quite safe, there are important safety and health issues to be aware of up front. Here are 5 tips to help you stay safe.
1). Is Plastic Surgery the Right Choice?
The first thing to consider is whether plastic surgery is the correct choice for you. What are your reasons for seeking plastic surgery, and what are your expectations with regard to the result?
This is a somewhat complex question, but the essence of it is that some people seek plastic surgery to enhance and augment their appearance in a way that is essentially healthy and reasonable. They have expectations that are realistic.
According to Revivology, a plastic surgery center in Utah, “We want to help people look as young they feel.” Their approach is one of “revealing and restoring your natural beauty.”
The problem is that some people approach plastic surgery because they have a less-than-healthy obsession about their appearance. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) sometimes leads people to make unfortunate decisions about plastic surgery.
Make sure you have a good reason for seeking plastic surgery, and make sure you understand what it can and cannot do, and you may well be a good candidate.
2). Consider the Doctor and Their Training
You’ll want to carefully choose a doctor, and a big part of that choice will be the doctor’s training and certification. It is particularly important to make sure that any physician you choose has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, because such physicians have all undergone highly specialized training and have been able to pass a challenging examination process in order to demonstrate their skill.
Good training alone is not the only thing you will want to look at to be sure you have found the right doctor, but it is important enough that you should consider it a necessary precondition.
3). Consider the Doctor’s Experience
Experience is another component of finding the right plastic surgeon for safe plastic surgery. You’ll to make sure you choose a doctor who is competent with the procedure you are getting.
One thing you will want to do, therefore, is ask your doctor about their experience, particularly how many times they have performed your procedure and whether they have any special training in that procedure.
Bear in mind, expertise in one procedure does not of necessity translate into proficiency in carrying out other procedures: the fact that Doctor A has performed numerous tummy tucks doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a good chose for a nose surgery.
4). Consider the Doctor’s Past Work
Because plastic surgery is a highly skilled art, there are better and worse ways to perform it – and there are also different subtle individual variations.
The essence of this is that you are going to want to think about whether the surgeon’s past work conforms with your expectations and your sense of what is and is not attractive.
Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to test this: all you probably have to do is ask to look at photographs of other people on whom they have performed this same procedure. Ask specifically for the before and after pictures.
A good plastic surgeon should be very happy to provide these pictures. Once you are looking at them, pay attention to what the people in question were like before the procedure, what they looked like, and then compare that with where they ended up.
Pay the most attention to those patients who were similar to you in terms of age, body type, overall characteristics, etc. Try to get a sense for how consistent the results are.
Once you’ve found a surgeon who consistently gets good results, including on patients who are similar to you, it may be time to schedule the procedure.
5). Consider Your Own Health
In the course of discussing surgery with your prospective physician, you’ll want to make sure you are in good health and you’ll want to make sure you stay that way.
The first aspect of this is that you’ll need to be in good health before the surgery. Smokers, heavy drinkers, people with obesity, people with hypertension or bleeding disorders, heart disease, or depression are not good candidates for surgery, and a good surgeon should make sure that none of these apply to you.
You will also need to look into the doctor’s reputation. Do their patients generally do well and recover as quickly as expected, without a lot of complications?
Finally, ask your prospective surgeon about recovery time. There are many variables here, including your own health status and the procedure in question. You’ll want to plan accordingly.
Plastic surgery comes with certain health and safety issues that you’ll want to be aware of before going under the knife. Pay attention to these 5 tips, and you should be in good shape.