Preparing for Plastic Surgery

Preparing for Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery has been a godsend for people who have been hurt or disfigured in an accident.  Scars, large lacerations and burns have all benefited from surgical procedures.  Plastic surgery expanded to include cosmetic procedures that allow patients to change the shape of their nose or augment their breasts.  The practice has expanded to include a variety of procedures meant to enhance a person’s aesthetic appearance.  Regardless of the procedure, preparing for plastic surgery is still important.

Different Procedures

Today the large majority of plastic surgeries are cosmetic procedures.  Plastic surgery used to only be for the wealthy and people in the entertainment industry.  That isn’t the case anymore, everyday people are having a variety of procedures done including:

  • Facelifts
  • Tummy Tucks
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Butt Lifts

Choosing to have plastic surgery is a personal decision but once the decision is made then you need to prepare.  First you will need a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that is capable and that you are comfortable with.  After that you need to schedule a consultation to see if you are genuinely a candidate and they will go over your medical history including any medical conditions that you are dealing with right now.  The surgeon will discuss with you the procedure that you are going to have along with any other surgeries you have had in the past.  They will also go over the costs associated with your surgery and what if any will be covered by insurance.  Here is a look at what you can expect at your first appointment.

The doctor want to get as many medical details from you as possible to ensure that the procedure will go smoothly and there will be no unexpected complications.  This also gives you the chance to chat with your surgeon about what to expect during and after the surgery.

Your doctor may also have requirements that you will need to fulfill before the surgery that can include changes to medication.  If you are a smoker the doctor may ask you to quit beforehand as smoking can impede the healing process.  You may also need to get some blood or other tests done beforehand to again make sure that you are healthy and able to handle the surgical procedure.

Getting plastic surgery isn’t something that you should go into lightly, it is major surgery and there will be downtime and a healing process that you need to take into consideration as well.

What is the Difference Between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

What is the Difference Between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Many people tend to think of cosmetic and plastic surgery as the same thing with the two terms often used interchangeably the two disciplines are vastly different.  Yes, both have the goal of improving the appearance of a patient the training and circumstances tend to be very different.  If you are still wondering what is the difference between plastic and cosmetic surgery, then let’s explore them further.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is used to improve the physical appearance of a patient and for the most part the procedures are elective and unnecessary for quality of life.  It is used to enhance your aesthetic appeal, your body already has perfect function.  The surgical procedures most commonly performed by a surgeon can include, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, facelifts, facial contouring, skin resurfacing and filler treatments such as botox.

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is an area of specialty where a surgeon does reconstructive surgery to help fix birth defects, burns, and trauma.  It can correct flaws in the body that keep it from functioning properly.  You will find that many plastic surgeons can and will do cosmetic procedures but they undergo further training to perform plastic surgery.  Some procedures that are performed by a plastic surgeon would include, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, skin grafts, cleft palates.

Different Training

In order to become a plastic surgeon you need to complete a post-graduate residency program.  If you want to become a board certified plastic surgeon it will require an extra two years of study in plastic surgery.  While cosmetic surgery will be part of the training in your residency program the focus is more on reconstructive procedures rather than cosmetic procedures.

Achieving the title of “Board Certified Plastic Surgeon” demonstrates your competency in the field along with the extra training you have undergone.  However it does not demonstrate that you have undergone training in many common cosmetic procedures.  Training in cosmetic surgery is largely complete after your residency training.

When choosing a plastic surgeon it is in your best interest to ask your surgeon about their training and how they specialized.  Ask if they are board certified.  Get recommendations, most cosmetic or plastic surgeons will have a portfolio of before and after shots.  Take the time to look at those and see if they have already done the procedure that you want and how it turned out.  Look at online reviews to see how other patients feel about the doctor.