Cosmetic Surgery and Safety

When it comes to cosmetic surgery, many potential patients wonder about the safety risks. The truth is that your lifestyle can play a big role in how safe the cosmetic surgery procedure is. It’s important to be upfront and honest with your doctor so they can accurately assess if you’re a good candidate for the procedure you’re interested in.

What Makes for a Poor Candidate?

Some people who are interested in cosmetic surgery turn out to be poor candidates due to certain lifestyle factors. These factors can have a negative impact on the patient’s safety during the operating room procedures, recovery or both. Patients who think they may be interested in cosmetic surgery in the future should adopt healthy and safe lifestyle practices now so that they can qualify for the surgery when it’s time. It’s also important to live a healthy lifestyle following cosmetic surgery in order to prevent any future complications. Certain patients may be advised against ever having plastic surgery, while others may be told that they’re not a good candidate for it at the moment, but that with certain changes they can be.

Lifestyle Features and Choices That May Impact Cosmetic Surgery

There are a number of lifestyle factors that you’ll discuss with your surgeon during the consultation. Everything from coping with the changes in your appearance to preventing infection will need to be taken into consideration by the doctor. If you’re not honest with the doctor, you’re at risk for things like scarring, botched surgeries and more. The factors you’ll discuss include:

  • Your current weight and your history of fluctuating weight
  • Your current nutrition level
  • Any vitamin supplements you’re currently taking on a regular basis
  • How frequently you exercise and the type of exercise you most often take part in
  • Your smoking habits and how often you’re exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Your alcohol consumption habits
  • Your current or past sun exposure
  • Your sleeping patterns and sleep health
  • Your stress levels and the coping mechanisms you use to cope with anxiety

Before deciding upon cosmetic surgery, make sure that you’ve spoken with a qualified specialist or doctor to make sure that you’ll be safe during and after the procedure.