Plastic Surgery Before and After

Last Updated: January 08, 2013

For individuals considering plastic surgery, some basic information should be addressed before you can be fully prepared for any operation.

And while there are many different kinds of plastic surgery for the face and body, most have similar underlying considerations to address.

Who are the Best Candidates for Plastic Surgery?

For an individual to be a good candidate for any type of plastic surgery, he or she has to be in a strong, positive frame of mind for it in the first place.

After all, most plastic surgery procedures are considered "major" rather than minor surgery, and there are associated risks with all major surgery.

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A complete physical workup is done in the physician's office as well to look for any possible medical problems not found on the tests and to uncover any previous medical conditions that could negatively effect a patient's ability to withstand surgery.

In addition to successfully coping with these risks, a qualified plastic surgery candidate should be in good to excellent physical health.

Having any major or chronic disease such as emphysema, a heart condition, type 2 diabetes, morbid obesity, or HIV seriously puts the potential candidate at a high risk level, so potential patients need to be honest with themselves.

Pre-op Preparation

All patients will have to undergo certain specific tests similar to those of other surgical patients. These include complete laboratory tests to check for any possible ailments or issues that could affect the surgery.

Breast augmentation candidates, for example, usually also undergo both a standard chest x-ray and one or more mammograms.

A complete physical workup is done in the physician's office as well to look for any possible medical problems not found on the tests and to uncover any previous medical conditions that could negatively effect a patient's ability to withstand surgery.

Once cleared for surgery, the patient then needs to refrain from eating or drinking anything for at least twelve hours prior to initial surgery. For surgical procedures done in an operating room, the patient will be sedated and then given general anesthesia.

What Questions Should I Ask My Surgeon?

Individuals should ask about all of the specific risks of the procedure they are considering along with all of the standard pre- and post-op concerns.

I.e. how long will recovery take, how much will any follow-up procedures cost, how many operations of this kind has the surgeon performed, and what will the surgeon do if something goes wrong either during or after the plastic surgery.

Individuals should also know what they can reasonably expect as far as results and how different plastic surgery will make their anatomical parts look and feel.

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Since plastic surgery is not covered under standard medical insurance plans, individuals have to ask themselves if they can afford it. Most surgeons also offer financing plans which is a convenient option for those who need it.

It seems like an obvious aspect of plastic surgery, but it's surprising how many people still fail to fully consider that their body will be altered permanently by a plastic surgery procedure.

What can I expect in Regards to the Recovery Process?

For many types of plastic surgery, recovery can be quite slow.

If operations are performed on the face, there can be extreme swelling and some bruising and bed rest is required for at least one to two days, if not more.

Returning to normal daily activities of work and social obligations usually won't be allowed for up to two weeks following any plastic surgery. Pain medications have to be taken regularly as well.

Having a look at our before and after photo section is also helpful to get an idea of what to expect from a procedure. Results differ from person to person of course but it will give you an overview of what to expect from a qualified and experienced board certified surgeon.

What Costs Can I Expect?

Since plastic surgery is not covered under standard medical insurance plans, individuals have to ask themselves if they can afford to either write a check or pop it on a major credit card.

Some plastic surgeons make affording it a little easier by having financing plans available.

Still, there are a number of extra costs (medication fees, location fees, follow-up treatments, compression garments) that must be realistically addressed before diving in to any type of plastic surgery.

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