Plastic surgery is one of the most commonly preferred surgical procedures today. People always want to see themselves good-looking by nature. Therefore, they feel the urge to make minor or major changes to their bodies from time to time to make changes in various areas of their bodies they consider defective or to have a more pleasant appearance. Most of the time, plastic surgery is needed to fulfill these demands.
In some cases, plastic surgery is performed not as a result of choice, but as a necessity. Various incidents, such as burns, injuries, can make plastic surgery mandatory. In such cases, plastic surgery is very important for individuals, especially for their mental health. The primary reason for patients to undergo plastic surgeries is to recover psychologically, become socially-involved and gain self-confidence.
We learned that plastic surgery procedures can have two different reasons today. However, this information alone is not sufficient for plastic surgery candidates. The first of the questions asked by the individuals who will undergo surgery is the question, “What tests are performed before plastic surgery?”. First of all, it is necessary to know that plastic surgery procedures vary according to the areas of the body where they will be performed. For example, there are many plastic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty, buttock lifting/enhancement surgery, breast aesthetics, etc.
There are various tests performed prior to each plastic surgery, depending on the type of surgery. For example, the person who will have breast aesthetics procedure should not have had any major surgery in the chest area. Other than that, people may be asked to have different types of tests. However, testing is not required for buttock lifting/ enhancement surgery. In other words, each plastic surgery may require different type of test or some procedures may not require testing at all. Your plastic surgeon will inform you of the necessary tests. Below you may find a summary of plastic surgery tests that are performed and requested.
Plastic Surgery Tests
As we have mentioned above, plastic surgery tests may vary depending on the type of surgery and the patient’s condition. Moreover, testing may not be necessary for many plastic surgeries, and only an examination may be sufficient. Of course, the person who will make the final decision on this matter will be your plastic surgeon. Tests before plastic surgery in general can be listed as follows:
- Blood Test
- Smoking/Alcohol Test (Rare)
- Testing of the Surgical Area
These are usually the types of tests that are requested from patients before plastic surgery. However, the number of these tests is likely to vary depending on the condition of the patient. In general, we can say that not many tests are performed before the surgical operation.
Things to Consider Before Plastic Surgery
There are very critical aspects to consider before plastic surgery. In general, tests conducted before the plastic surgery are about how the patient cares for his/her body and how healthy he/she is. Therefore, there are many aspects that are taken into account before plastic surgery. Failure to take these details into account may result in the delay of patient’s postoperative recovery period, and the expected outcome from the surgery may not be achieved. Disregarding the warnings or recommendations may even hinder/postpone the surgeries at times. For example, a person who will have rhinoplasty surgery must stop smoking 2 weeks before the day of surgery. If the patient disregards this matter and continues to smoke, the surgery could be unsuccessful in some cases. Therefore, patients must pay attention to the details and warnings, and follow the recommendations. The matters to be considered before plastic surgery in general are as follows:
- Nutrition: Nutrition is especially important for plastic surgery on the face and tummy. Patients who will undergo plastic surgery must act in accordance with the instructions of their plastic surgeon.
- Alcohol / Smoking: Stopping smoking or consuming alcohol is a matter that should be considered not only for plastic surgeries, but also for surgical operations in general. The patient should stop smoking or consuming alcohol at least 10 – 14 days before the day of surgery.
- Program: In plastic surgery, the plastic surgeon usually sets out a program for you. The plastic surgery candidates must comply with this program without exception and fulfill the requirements of the program. This is very important for the success of the surgery.