While it may seem simple to get an elective cosmetic surgery performed, most are still considered to be major operations performed under general anesthesia. After choosing a cosmetic surgeon, potential patients should be sure to ask several questions to ensure that they are physically and mentally ready to go under the knife. The surgeon should answer truthfully and completely without promising a risk-free procedure.
Who Is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
Not everyone will respond well to a cosmetic procedure. Depending on the procedure to be performed, a patient may not be physically ready for the surgery. Patients should be generally healthy with no underlying conditions or infections. They should also have clear expectations and not expect a miracle that will reverse the aging process. Some others who may not be good candidates include those with diabetes, heart disease or obesity.
Is General Anesthesia Required?
Most major cosmetic surgeries, such as facelifts, breast augmentations, rhinoplasties and liposuctions do require general anesthesia. Some shorter office procedures, such as Botox injections, only require local anesthesia. Procedures requiring general anesthesia should be performed in an accredited surgical facility under the care of a qualified anesthesiologist.
What Is Recovery Like?
Potential patients should be aware of how much pain and swelling they should expect to have following the surgery. This can affect how much help they need at home as well as when they can return to work or school.
What Are the Risks?
Every surgical procedure performed with anesthesia comes with some risks. Patients may be at risk for bleeding, bruising, infection and swelling as well as for allergic reactions, nerve damage, scarring and anesthesia complications.
What Is the Cost?
The cost for cosmetic surgeries varies dramatically based on the extent of the surgery and the surgeon’s and anesthesiologist’s own charges. Most surgeries requiring general anesthesia cost between $2,000 and $7,500 with tummy tucks, breast reductions, facelifts and lower body lifts costing the most. Because these surgeries are usually elective, they are typically not covered by medical insurance.