Plastic surgery allows you to change your body in practically any way you want. You may want to get liposuction or other weight loss surgery, a new nose, larger breasts or fuller lips. Whatever the case, your safety should be your number one concern. This starts with choosing the right surgeon and goes into determining if based on your lifestyle and overall health, you make a good candidate for certain plastic surgical procedures. Here are some things to know about patient safety.
Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon
Choosing the right surgeon is the first and most important decision to make. A great surgeon makes you coming out of surgery feeling like a brand new person, but a bad surgeon could mean a lot of complications and more surgeries to correct what went wrong. Do your research and take your time when looking for a reputable plastic surgeon. They should have experience, a specialty in plastic surgery, and be a member of prestigious organizations, such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If you live in Canada, make sure they belong to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
A great plastic surgeon has a minimum of five years experience in surgery, with at least two years specifically in plastic surgery. They have done different types of procedures, including reconstruction, body and face and only works in licensed, accredited facilities or hospitals. They are also willing to answer any and all of your questions, take your safety and comfort into consideration, and never try to push surgeries on you.
Location of the Surgery
Next, you should find out exactly where the surgeon is going to perform the procedure. Safe places to have plastic surgery performed are in ambulatory surgery facilities, office-based surgery facilities that are accredited for medical use, or in a hospital. Many hospitals have a plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery floor, so this is perfectly fine. When asking where the surgery is to be performed, make sure the surgeon have proper privileges in that facility.
Lifestyle Factors to Consider
Your physical health, emotional health and lifestyle choices are all to be considered in your safety. If you don’t take the right precautions or if you’re not willing to take care of yourself during recovery, you are putting yourself at risk. Some people aren’t good candidates for plastic surgery become of lifestyle choices that put them at risk while getting the procedure done. This is why plastic surgeons ask you a series of questions. To have a safe surgery experience, your doctor will ask about your smoking, drinking and drug use, how you eat and exercise, check your weight and see if you have had fluctuations in your weight, ask if you sleep well, how much exposure to the sun you get and what your stress level and coping habits are.
By following these safety tips, you ensure the success of your surgical procedure. Always consult your surgeon about any worries you have, and take your time in choosing the right surgeon.