Cosmetic treatments are still as popular as ever, with 18.1 million procedures done in 2019 alone. Of that amount, 1.8 million surgical procedures were performed, with women accounting for over 90% of them, and 49% performed on patients 40 and over. Surgeries for Beverly Hills eyelid surgery, Beverly Hills tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, Beverly Hills breast augmentation, and Beverly Hills Brazilian butt lifts are still very much in demand. But can anyone get cosmetic surgery? What conditions determine whether they should consider it or not?
What determines a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?
While there are different requirements for different procedures, the basic needs for safe and healthy cosmetic surgery are similar. Being healthy is an important factor, as how you recover from surgery will be just as important as the surgery itself. And keeping healthy eating habits and maintaining a sensible weight are keys to staying healthy. Having realistic expectations going into treatment is essential as well, because surgery will only enhance what is there or remove what is safe within reason.
Age can also play a part in determining a good surgical candidate, as many of these cosmetic procedures won’t last forever. Getting certain treatments when you’re younger, like Beverly Hills facelifts, may not be a great idea, since they only last 5-10 years. Waiting longer will avoid having to be treated more often.
What conditions make for a bad cosmetic surgery candidate?
Many factors can affect whether cosmetic surgery is a good or safe choice. These factors can be broken down in categories:
Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and bleeding disorders can increase the risk of complications from surgery. This would make cosmetic surgery an unsafe choice for people with these conditions. Drinking and smoking can also affect the ability to heal from surgery properly, so patients will need to stop drinking or smoking several weeks to a month before any procedure.
Dietary habits, physical activity, and weight are all important factors when considering surgery. Lack of physical exercise and obesity increase the risk of other conditions (e.g., heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure) which make surgery unsafe. Removing weight in procedures like liposuction won’t last if you don’t maintain healthy eating and exercise regimens.
Before undergoing surgery, it’s best to be as close to your target weight as possible. If you need to lose weight, work to keep the weight off, and adopt as healthy a lifestyle as possible. This will help put the body in a better position to heal properly.
Structural conditions of the body can affect whether or not surgery is the right choice. For example, patients looking for cheek implants who have flatter cheekbones or signs of early sagging are good candidates for this type of surgery. But patients with excess sagging might be better off with a facelift. Other surgical procedures like chin implants, lip augmentation, eyelid surgery, and Beverly Hills rhinoplasty are also dependent on the physical structure of the area to be treated. Dr. Lahar can help you determine if a given procedure is right for your features.
Other things can increase the risk of adverse outcomes, like vitamins or OTC and prescription medications you may already be using. Some of these may cause bleeding or interact with other medications used for surgery. Patients should make sure the cosmetic surgeon is aware of everything you’re taking to reduce your risk.
So, if you’re interested in cosmetic surgery and you want to be sure it’s right for you, call us at 310-403-3514, or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Lahar today.