You’re looking forward to and preparing for cosmetic surgery, and you hit a speed bump; your surgeon informs you that you’re not a good candidate for the procedure at the present moment and that you’ll need to make lifestyle changes in order to get the surgery that you want. It can be discouraging, but if you start talking to a surgeon early in the process of considering a procedure, you have plenty of time to prepare.
Surgery is a highly technical, extremely precise field, where complications can take place.
More than anything, any good surgeon will want to make sure you’re safe throughout the whole procedure, and that requires your body to be in the best possible state for the operation. The truth about having a safe and successful surgery is that the work to achieve that begins days, weeks or even months before you’re on the operating table with lifestyle changes and habits that can actually protect you during surgery.
What are some of the things that can make a patient a bad candidate for surgery, and can they be changed? Read on to learn about preparing for surgery.
There are specific structural requirements for each procedure, and being a good candidate requires you to fit into that list of existing conditions. For example, if a patient wants to get eyelid surgery to uplift the eyelid area, there has to be the excess skin in order to have a good outcome. There are areas that can always be enhanced but also have pre-existing medical conditions can also impact whether you can have surgery or not. These conditions include high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.
One of the most common changes that are asked of patients when they are about to undergo surgery is to lose some weight. This is because heavyweight increases the risk of complications during and after surgery. It can create problems with anaesthesia, recovery and exposes you to the risk of having to go through revision surgery.
If you’re required to lose weight, it’s important to do so through healthy methods. Cut out junk food, sugary foods, reduce your portions, exercise, get enough sleep and drink plenty of water. There’s no magic bullet to healing!
Quitting smoking is one of the biggest lifestyle changes any surgery patient will be asked to make in the lead up to the procedure. Whether you’re getting a minor procedure in your jaw or a body-lift, smoking has a detrimental impact on how quickly you’re able to recover after the operation. The effect smoking has on your lungs also means that it puts you at risk of anaesthesia and breathing complications.
One of the things that make a patient a great candidate for surgery is realistic expectations. It’s important to know that everyone’s anatomy is different and plastic surgery procedures will look different from person to person. It’s important to go into the procedure knowing that you won’t see the full results right off the operating table, that there’ll be a recovery time and that the procedure won’t make you look exactly like a celebrity. Surgery should enhance your features.
Remember, if your surgeon tells you to make some lifestyle changes before surgery, it’s for your own good. It’s to ensure a better surgery, an easier recovery, and better long-term surgery results. If you would like to find out more about the work Dr Samuel does, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a consultation.