What Could Prevent You from Having Plastic Surgery?

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

People choose plastic surgery for various reasons, such as to ease discomfort from conditions like separated abdominal muscles or to reduce breast size. Others might opt for cosmetic procedures, like breast enhancements or liposuction, aiming to achieve their desired appearance.

While many are suitable candidates for these surgeries, not everyone can go ahead with their chosen procedure. A surgeon might not agree to operate due to potential risks, unrealistic expectations, or existing health issues.

To find out if you’re a good fit for a particular surgery, it’s best to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. They’ll review your medical history and discuss what you’re hoping to achieve, as well as any risks involved.

Reasons You Might Not Qualify for Plastic Surgery

Not everyone is automatically eligible for surgery. Less complex surgeries, like removing a mole or correcting a scar, are generally okay for most people. However, surgeries that are more involved, such as increasing breast size, might not be recommended for those with certain health conditions.

A plastic surgeon might also decide against operating if they feel you have unrealistic expectations, or if unhealthy lifestyle choices, like smoking or being significantly overweight, make surgery riskier. Before considering surgery, it’s advised to quit smoking and aim for a healthy weight.

Here are five common reasons you might be turned away from plastic surgery:

1. Unrealistic Expectations: Plastic surgery can enhance your appearance and boost confidence, but it can’t stop aging, fix personal issues, or change how you feel about yourself. If a surgeon thinks your expectations aren’t realistic, they may advise against surgery.

2. Existing Health Issues: Conditions like high blood pressure or being overweight can increase surgical risks. Pregnant individuals are usually advised to wait until at least six months post-delivery due to increased risks to both mother and child.

3. Past Surgical Complications: If you’ve had issues with surgery before, like infections or blood clots, you might be at higher risk for complications again, leading a surgeon to deem the risks too high.

4. Seeking Surgery for the Wrong Reasons: Surgery isn’t a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Surgeons usually recommend surgery only after all other methods to lose stubborn fat have been tried.

5. Plans to Have Children: Future pregnancy plans can affect surgical decisions, as pregnancy can alter surgical results. Surgeons may recommend waiting until after you’ve finished having children for certain procedures.

Consulting with a Plastic Surgeon

A board-certified plastic surgeon can guide you through the options, helping you to understand the best timing and approach for your desired outcome. With proper preparation, you can achieve your aesthetic goals safely and effectively.