If you are contemplating undergoing cosmetic surgery, then you’ve probably done lots of research into which procedure is best for you and which plastic surgeon you’d like to see for a consultation to discuss your concerns and expectations in more depth.
If you’ve had a consultation with one or more surgeon, then you’ll have a great deal more information to consider while you make your decision, including any potential risks or complications as well as the benefits. But, did you know that there are health considerations – both mental and physical – to take into account.
#1 Shape up for surgery
There are a number of reasons why you should be close to or at your ideal body weight before considering cosmetic surgery – and this is true for face or breast procedures as well as body reshaping surgery.
Excess weight can put you more at risk of certain complications from surgery and the anaesthesia, including infection, bleeding and circulation problems, as well as impacting on the healing process afterwards.
Also, even if you’re planning a body reshaping procedure such as a tummy tuck or lipo, it’s not an excuse not to let your surgeon do all the work. These ops are not weight loss surgery and aim to improve and enhance your body weight and the best results will be achieved when you closest to and have maintained your ideal body weight. Also results will last longer – losing additional weight after surgery can affect your new appearance whether it’s the result of a tummy tuck, facelift or breast lift.
#2 Keep up those New Year’s Resolutions
If you’ve resolved to quit smoking and cut back on the booze, then the prospect of undergoing cosmetic surgery should give you extra incentive. Smoking is the big issue as it increases the risk of complications during surgery and has a huge impact on healing post-surgery. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and reduces the size of the blood vessels, slowing down oxygenated blood supply to the healing tissues.
You should refrain from drinking alcohol before surgery. Cutting down in the months beforehand is advisable, as alcohol consumption can dry out the skin, making it more challenging for the cosmetic surgeon. Alcohol also works as a blood thinner which can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery.
Post-surgery, it’s best you don’t reach for a drink either as alcohol can increase swelling that affects how quickly you heal.
#3 Prepare mentally and emotionally as well as physically
As well as the physical implications of cosmetic surgery, there are also emotional aspects you must consider. The best way to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally is to be informed. The more information you have, of both the positive and negative aspects, the less nerve-wracking it will seem. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or share your concerns with your plastic surgeon, as their aim is to ensure you have the best possible experience.
If you’d like to arrange a cosmetic surgery consultation, please call 01926 436341 to speak to one of Mr Park’s team.