Plastic surgery is safe, common and accessible to almost all; if you are healthy,
there is minimal risk in undergoing plastic surgery. You’re not likely to have any
type of problem either during or after your procedure. However, there are some
health problems that make undergoing plastic surgery absolutely contraindicated
(should not be done).
One of those conditions is a family history of something called “malignant
hyperthermia,” which is a life-threatening genetic disease where your body
temperature goes out of control when you undergo anesthesia with some
commonly used medications. If someone in your family has it, you need to be
tested for it, and you really should stay away from having any type of
unnecessary surgery, including plastic surgery.
In the medical profession, there’s a criteria system that is used in almost every
operating room called the American Society of Anesthesiologists criteria. If
you’ve had serious health issues and you have a physical status classification of
three or higher based on the ASA criteria, then you really should not be having
elective surgery at this time. In fact, you really shouldn’t be having surgery at all
unless it’s a medical emergency.
We provide patients with a letter they can provide their primary-care physicians
to obtain the right medical clearance for plastic surgery. Make sure the surgeon
you work with requires this; use this as a guide when you discuss your health
with your doctor to make sure you’re in good health and prepared to undergo surgery.
To learn more about being prepared for cosmetic procedures, I invite you to get your own copy of my book, “Making the Cut” available for purchase on Amazon.