Medical Health Concerns About Plastic Surgery
Your Medical Health and Plastic Surgery
When you first begin to talk with your Doctor about plastic surgery, among the most important components of your consultation will be the discussion of your medical health history. A popular misconception about plastic surgery is that it’s less intrusive, and therefore less risky to your health. Please remember, cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery are all still surgeries. And you should be in your best medical, mental and emotional health prior to undergoing any elective surgery.
Your Medical Health Comes First
Any number of medical conditions can increase the risks involved with surgical procedures. Some conditions can make surgery difficult and even life-threatening, if they’re not addressed right up front. Your medical health is our number one priority, and we take our responsibilities to you very seriously. Plastic surgery should never be taken lightly.
During our initial plastic surgery consultation, please tell me if you have, or even just think you might have:
- High blood pressure
- Heart or lung disease
- Auto-immune disorders
- Bleeding disorders
- Infections of any kind
- Severe allergies
- High Cholesterol
Other things we screen for are morbid obesity, heavy alcohol consumption, pregnancy and current breast-feeding. One of the most important screening areas for surgery is for smoking and tobacco use of any type. Including smokeless tobacco. Nicotine has been shown to affect wound healing and certain procedures cannot be performed in smokers. I’m here to help you look and feel your best, and together we will discuss your medical history and decide whether you are a candidate for plastic surgery right now, or if there are certain changes which need to be made first.
Think Carefully About Plastic Surgery
Your mental and emotional outlook are very important to consider, prior to having any type of surgery. The mind is a powerful thing; mental health issues are almost as much of a consideration as medical health issues are. Emotional trauma, recent family discord, or other stressful situations may also preclude someone from having surgery, right away. You will do your best healing when you’re able to focus on your recovery, with as few distractions as possible. If you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery, and are worried that a recent event or your medical history might prevent you, we can get you started by scheduling a personal consultation right here in our offices. Always be open with all of your doctors, including me. We will discuss your medical history and decide when the best time for your surgery will be.
Call or write Janiga MDs today, at 775-398-4600 to schedule your consultation. We look forward to meeting you.