Cosmetic Surgery Safety: Lifestyle Factors Play an Important Role

Some individuals seeking cosmetic surgery are considered poor candidates because of specific lifestyle factors that can seriously impact their safety in the operating room and during recovery. A new patient education initiative by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the nation's most prestigious organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery, encourages patients to adopt daily habits that promote good health -- both in preparation for and following cosmetic surgery. Serious medical conditions make cosmetic surgery unadvisable for a small number of patients. However, overweight individuals or smokers also may be told "no" or "not yet" when seeking cosmetic surgery from a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Some of the lifestyle factors that may be discussed during the plastic surgery consultation include:

  • Current weight and history of weight fluctuations
  • Nutrition and vitamin supplements
  • Exercise frequency and type (aerobic/non-aerobic)
  • Smoking habits and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sun exposure
  • Sleep patterns
  • Stress level and coping mechanisms
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