Honesty is the Best Policy—For Your Safety
October 16, 2015
When it comes to plastic surgery, there are certain requirements that patients must meet to undergo many procedures. These requirements differ based on the type of procedure, but in general, patients must be relatively healthy to undergo plastic surgery or invasive treatments. There’s a good reason for this—as elective procedures, there is no reason to put a patient through a risky treatment for cosmetic benefit. For reputable plastic surgeons, safety and successful outcomes are key, and turning patients away who are not healthy enough for surgery or who are unlikely to enjoy good outcomes from cosmetic procedures is just the responsible thing to do. However, this policy causes some prospective patients to fudge the truth about their medical history or habits in order to be considered a good candidate and get the procedure they really want. Here’s why this is simply a bad idea.
You Could Put Yourself In Danger
The first reason why it is important to be honest about your medical history with your plastic surgeon is that it is simply unsafe to do otherwise. You don’t know all of the problems any conditions you may have could cause in the operating room, so you need to explain everything you know about your health history. Your surgeon will ask you questions about any potential problems, and you should always answer honestly for your own safety. Complications in plastic surgery are rare these days, but that generalization depends on the assumption that patients are healthy and good candidates for their procedures.
Why Explaining All Your Medications is Important
Anesthesia and medications will be used during almost any procedure you choose, and you need to disclose all the prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements you take. This is to prevent drug interactions, problems with anesthesia, and poor healing. Some people are surprised that herbal remedies can have an effect on their surgery, but many natural supplements can increase bleeding risks and cause other problems. Many over-the-counter and supplements must be discontinued about 2 weeks before surgery and for a time afterwards.
Your Habits and Lifestyle Count
If you engage in certain habits, such as smoking, you may not be eligible for many procedures unless you quit for a period of time before and after surgery. Smoking can greatly increase surgical risks, interfere with normal healing, and speed up the aging process. This and other habits can affect your candidacy for certain procedures.
Other surgery have other specific requirements—fat transfer and liposuction patients should be at a stable weight in order to see good results and maintain those results after surgery. Tummy tuck patients should be done having children, and all plastic surgery candidates need to have realistic expectations and be prepared to dedicate themselves to the healing process for good results.
Remember—It’s all for Your Well-Being
Aside from the safety risks, reputable plastic surgeons have your well-being and results as top priorities. They are always working to make sure patients have a relatively comfortable and smooth recovery, with beautiful results to show off at the end of the process. Figuring out the best procedure for each patient isn’t easy, but a talented, board certified plastic surgeon will use all the information they have to make the right call for you. Consider their advice carefully before you make a decision.
Ask Yourself: Is it Worth the Risk?
Many people don’t intend to stretch the truth when they head in for their consultation, but sometimes it happens anyway. If you’re tempted to frame yourself as a better candidate than you actually are, ask yourself: is it worth the risks? Is it worth jeopardizing your safety or risking poor results to be dishonest about your medical history and possible candidacy? Prospective surgeons will help you come up with a solution that works for your health and your needs, so put some trust in them—they are the experts.
Talk to an Expert Plastic Surgeon
If you are interested in pursuing cosmetic treatments, your first step is to discuss your goals for plastic surgery and the procedures you are interested in with an expert plastic surgeon. Remember, even if you don’t qualify for surgery, you may be eligible to undergo minimally invasive treatments that can yield excellent results.
Not sure where to start? Dr. Haitham Masri at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery can help you come up with a treatment plan that works for you, your lifestyle, and your goals. All of our surgeons have decades of experience and are standing by to help you realize your plastic surgery dreams. Call our offices at 866-487-3223 to schedule a free consultation at our Birmingham, or Dearborn, MI locations today.