Plastic surgery is an invasive operation that involves surgical incisions and anesthesia. You should prepare for the possible accidents or side-effects during the surgery. Choosing the wrong procedure or having unrealistic expectation can lead to failure of plastic surgery. The following checklist is a first step to prevent accidents and side-effect of plastic surgery.
1. Check whether you have chronic or other diseases
Let your surgeon know the medications you are taking and if you have chronic disease (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, immune system disorders, stroke, heart disease, etc.). In addition, taking examination for other diseases is a must before a major surgery. Avoid taking birth control pills, vitamin E, and Aspirin for 2 weeks before the surgery.
2. Smoking and drinking are prohibited before and after the surgery
Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited from 2 weeks before and after the surgery, as these activities can interfere with recovery process. Nicotine of tobacco causes vasoconstriction, which is a contraction of blood vessels by small muscles in their walls, delaying the healing of the wound. Alcohol consumption must be restrained as it can create inflammation during the recovery.
3. Ask whether anesthesia is done safely
General anesthesia is necessary for major plastic surgeries. A patient should confirm with the clinic whether they have certified anesthesiologist performing anesthesia to prevent the possible risks. Moreover, check with the clinic if they have self-power generator during an outage that is able to cope during emergencies.
4. See if the clinic is equipped with advanced facilities
It is important to know whether the clinic has the high-tech equipment such as a monitor or machine that examines the oxygen, carbon dioxide, or cardiovascular condition. The clinic must be prepared for any emergency situations, prepared in the case of power outage. Check if the clinic goes through pre-operative examinations for any risk or chronic disease.
5. Avoid surgery during your menstruation
Although it is not a problem having menstruation, it is recommended to avoid the day as there may be more bleeding during this period. Make sure to consult with your surgeon when you are planning for breast augmentation; period may especially affect or cause changes in the size and shape of your breasts.
6. Excessive weight loss or gain after surgery can be dangerous
Excessive dieting or weight gain can interfere with the healing process. Please consult with the surgeon especially when undergoing major surgeries such as facial bone contouring, liposuction, breast augmentation.
7. Set realistic expectations
Not all plastic surgery guarantees a success. Holding unrealistic expectations can lead to a huge disappointment of the surgical outcome. Many tend to imagine that plastic surgery can magically transform from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. The procedure can improve your complex, but it cannot change your overall life. It is always important to set realistic and achievable goals of surgery.
8. Choose the plastic surgery that is right for you
Trying to copy the celebrities through plastic surgery is a very dangerous idea. You must find the underlying reasons and consider why you will be going through the surgery. Moreover, learn about the procedure and have realistic expectation. In addition, planning on excessive surgeries can bring a worse outcome. You should communicate well with your surgeon about what exactly you want to do and be acknowledged with the methods, advantages, and limitation of the planned plastic surgery.
9. Age is an important factor
There are many teens seeking for plastic surgery these days. However, not all surgeries can be done at any age or time. Surgeons recommend patients to undergo on surgery from the age of 20, when the patient finished the body growth and has found his or her self-identity. The eyelid surgery should be done from 16 years of age, and rhinoplasty should be done after 18 years of western age. For facial bone contouring surgeries, patient should check his/her growth plate to avoid any side effects.
10. Educate yourself about the possible complications
There is no such surgery that is 100% safe. There may be complications even with the thorough examination and practice by a skilled, experienced surgeon as every patient is unique with different conditions. Be well-informed for the possible side-effects, complications, and post-care after the surgery for your own safety.
11. Be acknowledged of postoperative care and management
Many patients tend to put much work into research before having plastic surgery. However, they tend to easily neglect the post-operative care. In such cases, the recovery period may take longer or result may be affected. Keep in mind that you are responsible for pre and post-operative care of your surgery. You must follow the clinic’s hygiene, medication instructions and check-ups for a happy and successful result.
VIP International Plastic Surgery Center, Seoul, Korea