Plastic surgery is a specialized surgical procedure for repairing and reconstructing body parts such as the skin. It is on the rise around the world. There were 18.1 million cosmetic procedures in the U.S. in 2019 alone. Plastic surgery is a great way to shave off some years by restoring your youthful appearance. However, before you decide to undergo plastic surgery to alter your appearance, there are some things you need to know.
- You need to be in good health
An ideal candidate for plastic surgery is an adult who is:
- Physically healthy
- Have realistic expectations
- At a stable weight
If you are pregnant or on a journey to lose a substantial amount of weight, you should postpone your plastic surgery until you reach your goals. Substantial weight fluctuations after surgery will affect your aesthetic improvements.
- There can be complications
Plastic surgery may be an elective treatment, but it has its risks. The degree of complication depends on things such as:
- The area of surgery; whether it is small or large
- The level of experience of your doctor
- Your overall physical health
Common plastic surgery complications include:
- Implant failure - if an implant is used, there is a possibility that it can leak or change shape. In such a scenario, further surgery is required to replace the default.
- Severe bleeding
- Graft failure
Note that most of these complications can be a result of malpractice by the surgeon. If you feel a complication is due to negligence on the surgeon’s part, you can file a malpractice claim. Learn the dangers of malpractice here.
- The qualifications of your plastic surgeon
If you are willing to pursue plastic surgery, you will have hundreds of doctors to choose from. Be very careful when choosing a plastic surgeon. Don’t be misled by official-sounding certifications and boards. A plastic surgeon should be board certified by the ABFPS or ABPS. Remember, there is a rising number of internal medicine doctors, obstetricians & gynecologists, and cardiologists performing plastic surgeries. Most of these doctors may have taken extra courses to expand their practice. However, you can’t compare them with doctors who have undergone a six-year surgical training program.
After undergoing plastic surgery, you may need days, weeks, and sometimes months to recover. During this time, you may need to take some time off work and restrict your activities depending on the type of procedure. Occasionally, you may need follow-up procedures to refine the results and achieve your aesthetic goals. For better results and smooth recovery, be sure to follow post-op instructions to the letter. If you are not supposed to strain for a few days or weeks in order to recover quickly, you should have someone to help you with your daily activities.
Plastic surgery can be crucial in treating skin and other acquired deformities. It is also an excellent way to improve a person’s self-esteem, confidence, lifestyle, and quality of life. However, be aware of possible complications, find a qualified surgeon, and take time off to recover after surgery.