Five health considerations if you’re considering cosmetic surgery

Preparing for cosmetic surgery in Manchester

For people thinking about undergoing cosmetic surgery there are many things that need considering before you book your procedure.

During a consultation your surgeon will discuss your health and mental wellbeing, as it’s important to make sure the patient is suitable for treatment, in all respects.

In this week’s blog, we look at the health considerations you need to take into account before undergoing cosmetic surgery procedures such as facelifts, mummy makeovers, and breast augmentation.

Health considerations can include both physical and mental wellbeing, but don’t forget to consider the financial implications of choosing to undergo cosmetic procedures.

  1. Are you of a normal BMI?

If you’re considering body contouring surgery, such as abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) or body lift surgery you will need to be of a stable BMI. This means your weight is considered steady and you are likely to recover well from surgery. If your BMI is over you may be advised to lose weight before undergoing the procedure.

  1. Do you suffer with health issues or allergies?

You must be sure to make your plastic surgeon aware of any health issues you have, such as allergies and conditions like asthma. Being honest with your surgeon is paramount to undergoing surgery safely. Other conditions to make a medical professional aware of include diabetes, any history of heart issues, and pregnancy.

  1. Do you smoke?

If you’re a smoker you will be requested to quit immediately. The complication risk in smokers is far higher than that of non smokers, a study recently discovered. Ideally you should stop smoking 6-8 weeks before your procedure. It’s best to cut back on alcohol too.

  1. Are you emotionally stable?

Your emotional wellbeing is very important. One of the aspects a surgeon will consider is your mental health and whether you’re suitable for cosmetic surgery. If you are deemed to be unsuitable (for example because of body dimorphia) or not choosing a procedure for the right reasons you may be declined the surgery.

  1. Can you cope with the recovery?

Recovering from cosmetic procedures can take time and in some cases may be uncomfortable. You need to be aware of the implications of the recovery process, and what the down time requires. You’ll need to take into account things like taking time off work, childcare, and such.

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If you want further information about undergoing aesthetic procedures please contact us. You can book a consultation to get a better understanding of the risks and considerations prior to undergoing cosmetic surgery in Manchester.


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