If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, or even a non-surgical procedure, such as laser skin resurfacing or a dermal filler, odds are, a friend or relative has shared a plastic surgery horror story with you. Perhaps they told you about the woman who received silicone butt injections and ended up in the hospital or the person who thought she was getting Botox but ended up with something else entirely.
It’s true that plastic surgery isn’t without its risks. Those risks can intensify if you’re not careful or if you don’t do your homework before deciding on a procedure or a surgeon. While the chance of complications can’t be reduced to zero with every procedure, there are a number of things you can do to make sure your own surgery is as safe as possible.
Double Check Your Health
Your health plays a big role when it comes to the safety of any procedure. Having certain chronic conditions or having a history of certain health problems can make you a high risk patient when it comes to plastic surgery. Typically, a surgeon will review your health history during a consultation and let you know whether or not any type of surgery is appropriate for you.
It’s important to be honest about your health, both with your doctor and with yourself. If you had an allergic reaction to an anesthetic once or are allergic to certain ingredients or medications, your surgeon needs to know that, as those ingredients might play a part during the procedure you’re getting.
Having a certain condition now doesn’t necessarily mean that plastic surgery will always be unsafe for you. It might just mean that you should attempt to get your condition under control before surgery becomes a possibility for you.
Rethink Some Habits
Along with your overall health, the habits you have can affect your safety when it comes to plastic surgery. Few surgeons will agree to perform a facelift or rhinoplasty on patients who are active smokers, for example. Smoking increases your risk for problems when it comes to healing, as it reduces blood flow. Most surgeons recommend giving up the habit at least two weeks before your surgery and for at least two weeks afterwards.
Some other habits might also need to be adjusted before your surgery. If you drink on a regular basis, your surgeon will most likely recommend cutting back or quitting entirely, as alcohol increases your risk for bleeding during and after surgery.
While a diet full of junk food won’t have a direct impact on your safety during surgery, not getting the nutrients your body needs will affect healing afterwards. For the sake of safety and your overall health, it might be a good idea to re-evaluate your diet before surgery.
Double Check Your Surgeon
Your health and habits are just two factors that determine the safety and outcome of your surgery. Your surgeon also plays a big role in determining how safe you are in the operating room and afterwards. Just as you wouldn’t want to bring a Mercedes to a mechanic who only knows how to work on Fords, you don’t want to see a doctor who focuses on another area of medicine for your plastic surgery.
Instead, you want to choose a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery. Board certification means that your surgeon has completed residencies in plastic surgery and has been able to pass exams demonstrating knowledge and skill. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential surgeon about his training, experience, and certification. A surgeon who is board certified is usually proud of that certification, and will be happy to give you the full details on it.
Obviously, you aren’t planning on trying to attempt a DIY facelift or other surgical procedure. But, some non-surgical options might seem as though they can work at home. Perhaps you’ve seen Botox offered for sale online or have read about effective at-home chemical peels.
It’s always best to leave medical devices and ingredients to the professionals. While it might seem easy to give yourself an injection, in reality, only a trained professional knows exactly where to place the injection to get the results you want. Putting the injection in an area that’s just slightly off from where it should be can lead to a number of unwanted complications.
Patient safety is incredibly important to Dr. Ross Clevens, the only practicing, double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Central Florida. Whether you’re considering a non-surgical treatment or facial surgery, Dr. Clevens, who was voted “Best in Brevard,” is able to answer your questions and help ensure that your procedure is as safe as possible. For a consultation with Dr. Clevens, call (321) 727-3223 today.