Once you have your heart set on a cosmetic surgery, you may think that all that is left is for you to show up to your surgeon’s office. However, you may not realize that you need to fit the criteria for an ideal surgical candidate before a surgeon will operate on you. Failing to complete this important step could lead to a myriad of complications that could impact your looks and your life. If you are preparing for an upcoming cosmetic surgery or for a consultation with Dr. Tavoussi, here are a few steps that you can take to become an ideal surgical candidate.
You Should Be Healthy
Many chronic health conditions could put you at increased risk for complications when combined with anesthesia and surgery. Some of the biggest red flags include high blood pressure, diabetes, bleeding conditions, lung disease, and autoimmune disease. Depending on how well your disease is controlled, you may still be able to go ahead with certain cosmetic surgeries. However, be sure to discuss your medical history and any concerns with Dr. Tavoussi during your consultation.
You Should Be at a Stable and Healthy Weight
Most cosmetic surgeries deal with your looks, and weight gain or loss can significantly impact the shape, size, and contours of your face and body. You should be at a stable weight, have a healthy BMI, and be at or close to your goal weight before opting for any cosmetic surgeries.
You Should Have Realistic Goals
It is important to recognize that cosmetic surgery can improve your looks and help you appear more youthful. However, it cannot change who you intrinsically are. Your self-image is the key component of a successful surgery, and you should be sure that you are comfortable with yourself overall and that you do not feel pressured into having a procedure. In addition, do not expect your surgery to change a different part of your life, such as your work or a relationship.