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.