Undergoing some type of cosmetic procedure does require being aware of what to expect. Fortunately, patients find that cosmetic surgeons are not only willing to discuss all facets of procedures with them. Most surgeons will insist upon having that discussion. While the two of you are talking, there are four questions in particular you will want to ask. Assuming you are comfortable with the answers, it’s time to schedule the procedure.
Am I a Candidate for This Procedure?
The fact that you want to undergo a specific procedure does not automatically mean the plastic surgeon will comply. Before any plans are made, the surgeon will want to determine if there are any factors that could make it unwise for you to have the surgery. For example, certain types of chronic health issues may make the procedure dangerous. Several past procedures that are similar could mean you should not have another one. Remember that a responsible surgeon does not agree to perform any procedure if it would expose the patient to an unreasonable level of risk.
Would Any of My Medications Complicate the Surgery or the Recovery Period?
Most cosmetic surgeons will want to go over the prescription medications that you take. This is to determine if any of them could have an adverse effect during the procedure. Medications that thin the blood are a prime example. You would need to stop taking them several days before the procedure.
Remember that it’s not just prescription medications. If you take herbal supplements or over the counter medicines, some of them could cause complications. Go over everything you take and determine if any of them need to be avoided in the days leading up to your surgery.
What Sort of Sedation is Used?
The type of sedation used for the procedure depends on the nature of the surgery and other factors like age, general health, and any conditions like anxiety disorders that are present. Your plastic surgeon will want information about your health and any current issues. Doing so will make it easier to determine the best approach to sedation and ensure you are not in pain while the procedure is underway.
How Will I Feel in the Hours After the Procedure?
People who have never undergone invasive procedures often wonder what to expect in the hours following surgery. It’s not unusual for cosmetic surgeons to explain there will be discomfort, grogginess from anesthesia or other sedatives is common, and that there will be something available to help manage the pain. You’ll find that as time passes, the discomfort will begin to subside and most of it will be gone by the time you are released from the facility.
If you are thinking about having some type of cosmetic work done, now is the time to contact a plastic surgeon and arrange for a consultation. Assuming there are no factors indicating excessive risk, you are likely to be considered a candidate and scan schedule the procedure for the first available date.
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Dr. Kristina Zakhary
2303 4 St SW #803 Calgary AB
T2S 2S7 Canada (403)-775-2583
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