Can I have plastic surgery?

Are you considering having cosmetic and plastic surgery? You may have decided on what procedure you are wanting, however, the first thing you need to know is whether or not you are actually suitable to undergo surgery. There are numerous questions that will have to be asked prior to you undergoing any surgical procedure.


1. Are you a healthy weight range?


Surgical procedures will require you to be of a healthy BMI to be operated on. A healthy adult BMI is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9. 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while 30 and higher is obese. Those who are overweight or obese are considered to be more of a risk, particularly with the anaesthetic, and are therefore often declined for surgery.

Before any surgery, try and get your weight as close to your ideal weight as possible. Your surgeon will be able to give you advice on good healthy eating habits as well as exercise regimes if you are struggling.

2. Do you have any medical issues?


Prior to any procedure, you will have to disclose your full medical history. This will help the surgeon know whether you will encounter any problems during the procedure or in the recovery period. Some medical problems, such as sickle cell, will mean you are not suitable for surgery, as there will be too many risks. It is very important to be honest about your medical history during the initial consultation, as you may encounter problems during surgery or the recovery period.

3. Are you over 18 years old?


Many procedures will be unsuitable if you are under 18 years old. Your body will not be fully developed, which may alter the results of the procedure. This is particularly important for breast and gynaecological procedures.

However, some surgeries are suitable for those under the age of 18. For example, boys who have Poland’s Syndrome can have surgery for chest wall implants from the age of 13. However, due to breast development, girls will have to wait until the chest area is fully developed before they are eligible for an implant.

At Centre for Surgery, we only offer our procedures to people who are over the age of 18.

4. Are you getting the procedure for the right reason?


You will need to think about why you actually want the procedure. While the results of cosmetic surgery may improve your self-esteem and confidence, this should not be the sole reason to undertake a procedure.

You should also ensure you are undergoing any procedure purely for yourself. You may be refused to undergo surgery if you are doing it for someone else.

Cosmetic or plastic surgery is more suitable if you are looking to alter a feature – for example making the size of your nose in proportion with the rest of the features on your face, or your breasts to be in balance with your body size. You will have far better outcomes if this is the reason for having a procedure, rather than having low self-esteem or wanting to please another patient.

5. Are you in good physical and mental health?


To be eligible for any cosmetic or plastic procedure, you will need to be in good physical and mental health. This will not only help to improve the overall results but will also help speed up the recovery period.

You will be required to stop smoking several weeks prior to your procedure. You may also be required to stop taking some medications, such as blood thinners or herbal medicines. Prior to any procedure, you will have a consultation with a surgeon who will be able to outline exactly what medication you can and cannot take.

6. Are you pregnant or planning to have more children?


Many procedures will be unsuitable if you are currently pregnant, or if you are considering having children again in the future. Procedures such as a tummy tuck are often popular for women who have been pregnant, as they may have excess skin they want to be removed. However, during pregnancy, the tightened muscles may become separated, and the results of the tummy tuck will be lost. To avoid having to undergo multiple tummy tucks, it is best to ensure you are not planning on having more children.

7. Do you have realistic expectations?


How do you think you will look after your procedure? Is this something that can actually be achieved? Do you want breast augmentation that is going to be too big, or a rhinoplasty to have a nose shape that is drastically different?

Before having any procedure, it is important to ensure your expectations about the outcome are realistic. You may want to look dramatically different, and it may not be possible to do. If you have an unrealistic idea of the results, you are only going to end up disappointed or wanting more procedures.

To avoid this, make sure to have a thorough discussion with your surgeon during your consultation. The surgeon will be able to advise you whether or not your goals are realistic. You will be able to see before and after photographs of former patients, which may help you form realistic expectations.



Are you considering a cosmetic or plastic surgery? Contact Centre for Surgery for more information or to book a consultation. 

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