Questions to Ask Your Family Doctor Before Getting Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is a popular option for both men and women to improve their appearance, self-esteem, and confidence. However, it is a serious surgical procedure that should not be taken lightly. If you’ve exhausted all noninvasive treatments for your cosmetic issue and are considering getting plastic surgery, be sure to ask your family doctor these questions before visiting a surgeon:
Am I healthy enough for surgery?
Just like most other surgeries, getting plastic surgery is only recommended for patients who are healthy enough to go through it. Your family doctor will want to do a full physical examination along with bloodwork to see if you’re safe to go under the knife. If any medical issues are discovered, you’ll need to resolve them before moving forward with plastic surgery.
Will the surgery adversely affect any of my existing conditions?
If you have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or a respiratory illness, your doctor may want to do some extra tests to make sure you’re in good enough shape for elective surgery. Now is also the time to bring up anything that’s been bothering you since your last visit so it can be investigated prior to any plastic surgery procedure.
What about medications?
Just like pre-existing conditions, there may be other special considerations needed before getting plastic surgery if you’re taking certain medications. Some medications that are often suspended before and during surgical procedures include blood thinners, herbal supplements, and birth controls. Disclose all the medications you are taking to your family doctor, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.
Once you’ve received the all clear from your family physician, trust Dr. Watt and his team at Watt Plastic Surgery to help you choose the surgery options that are best for you. We’ve helped people all over south Tampa and surrounding areas boost their confidence and feel better in their own skin. Call (813) 547-5393 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today!