You’re keen to undergo a cosmetic treatment and have done your due diligence when it comes to researching the procedure and finding a specialist. However, did you know that your own health can have a huge impact on the success of your treatment? It’s vital that you ensure you are fighting fit before embarking on any procedure, whether it’s a non-surgical treatment like botox or fillers, or surgical procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction, being healthy in both body and mind is incredibly important.
Here are the five key health and lifestyle factors to consider:
This is certainly one of the biggest heath issues to bear in mind! Research shows that smokers have a higher chance of surgery-related complications like heart attack, stroke and shock, so it’s no surprise that most surgeons will ask you to stop smoking entirely just before and after the surgery. Whilst these risks are real, one of the key issues for those who do smoke is the fact that Nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict which decreases blood flow and makes surgical wounds less likely to heal. Not only can this make the healing process longer, it also means you have an increased risk of infection. Take this chance to go smoke free now!
- Medications and Allergies
You will be advised to stop taking a number of medications (such as Aspirin) and dietary supplements (such as Voitamin E) before your surgery as they may thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding both during and after surgery. On the flip side, there are a number of medications that are advised to be taken ahead of treatment. Many prospective patients take arnica and Vitamin C to reduce bruising and speed up the body’s natural healing ability. That said, always discuss these with your consultant to ensure you are in line with their personal guidance. It is important to make your surgeon aware of any medications you are taking and any allergies you may have so that your doctor can give you advice.
If you are overweight or obese and considering surgery, then it is important that you understand the added risk this places upon you. Excess weight can put more of a strain on the body and increase the risk of certain complications both during the anaesthesia phase and when healing. For the best results, surgeons recommend a body mass index of less than 30. Whilst losing weight is wise, remember that weight loss needs to be at a stable end result. Reach a weight that you are confident you can maintain ahead of your treatment. You don’t want to re-gain the weight you lost immediately after your procedure as this will significantly impact your end look. Being too thin can also cause risks so bear in mind that if your BMI is below 18.5 your surgeon will likely assess your suitability for surgery to ensure you are strong enough to avoid complications occurring.
Alcohol is a blood thinner and, depending on the frequency and volume of alcohol that you drink, it can affect your body’s ability to naturally clot blood (which is important to avoid excessive bleeding during surgery). Also when you drink alcohol before a procedure using anesthesia, the alcohol can interfere with normal anesthetic drug metabolism and can make it more difficult for your anesthesiologist to estimate the correct doses needed for your comfort and safety. Therefore, in the period surrounding an operation it is generally advised to refrain from alcoholic beverages.
- Emotional Aspects
To get the most out of your cosmetic treatments it is important to make sure that you are in a clear state of mind before undergoing a procedure and while recovering. Cosmetic treatments are not a quick fix and should never be seen as one. It is certainly unwise to pursue cosmetic treatment at a time of major life crisis. Also make sure that you know that the healing process is a journey and this can take its toll, so you need to be prepared – patience is a virtue!
So get your health in peak condition before your treatment and you’ll ensure your risk of complications are much lower and your recovery is smooth!
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