Frequently asked questions about plastic surgery

Are you considering undergoing a plastic surgery procedure? No matter what type of procedure you are considering, it’s safe to assume that you’re full of questions.

Fortunately, we can help answer all your frequently asked questions about plastic surgery.

Do I need to lose weight before my procedure?


Before you consider plastic surgery, it is recommended that you try to lose as much weight as possible and get as close to your ideal weight as you can. Once you get to this weight, you will need to stay at a stable body weight.

Being obese not only increases your risk of having certain health issues, it also makes surgery riskier.

Before you consider surgery, it’s best to ensure you have a healthy body mass index (BMI). This is done by dividing your weight by your height. A healthy BMI for an adult will be between 18.5 and 25. Anything between 25 and 30 is considered overweight, and over 30 is obese. Surgery will often be refused until you have a BMI that falls within the healthy range.

BMI table

Source: Patient

Do I need to stop taking any medications?


It depends on what type of medication you are taking. For example, you will need to stop taking any blood thinning medications. Prior to your procedure, you will have a consultation with your surgeon. You will have to tell your surgeon about your medical history and any medications you are currently taking. Your surgeon will be able to advise whether your medications will cause any complications during the procedure or the recovery period.

What type of anaesthetic is used?


Centre for Surgery has numerous options for anaesthetic, including:

  • Local anaesthetic: this will allow you to remain awake throughout the procedure. The area where the procedure is being performed will be numbed with the anaesthetic, so you will be unable to feel any discomfort or pain.
  • ClearSleep™: this is a method that is exclusive to Centre for Surgery. ClearSleep™ allows you to be asleep during the procedure, however, it removes the risks associated with a general anaesthetic. You will be breathing on your own without the use of artificial machines. ClearSleep™ has a fast onset and offset, meaning you will wake up faster and with a clearer head. ClearSleep™ minimises any nausea, vomiting, dizziness or drowsiness after the procedure.

The anaesthetic you use will vary depending on which procedure you are having. Many procedures will have the option of having ClearSleep™ anaesthetic, as patients often do not want to be awake for the procedure.

What is the recovery period like?


This will vary from person to person and will depend on what procedure you undertook. Centre for Surgery offers day procedures, so you will not require an overnight stay. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures will involve very little recovery period and you may experience few side effects. However, many of the larger surgical procedures will require you to take a certain amount of time off work, avoid strenuous activity and possibly wear garments to help with common side effects such as bruising and swelling.

If your surgery involved an incision, you may require stitches, which can be dissolvable or will require a follow-up appointment to be removed. The scar may be prominent after surgery, however, with time the scar will change colour and reduce in size and noticeability.

Centre for Surgery has tips you can follow before and after your procedure to speed up recovery time.

Is surgery safe?


As with any type of surgical procedure, there are risks associated with plastic surgery procedures. However, there are ways in which you can minimise the chances of risks and side effects occurring.

Prior to undergoing any procedure, you will have a consultation with a surgeon. This will give you a chance to discuss your medical history, so the surgeon will know if you are taking any medication which could cause any complications. Make sure you disclose if you are taking any medications or have any health problems – you may not realise it, but some may prevent you from having surgery or cause problems. Disclosing your full medical history will allow the surgeon to ensure you have the safest procedure possible.

It is also recommended that you quit smoking before surgery and during the recovery period, as this will make the recovery process quicker.

Is plastic surgery right for me?


Plastic surgery is an effective way to boost your appearance. If you are suffering from low confidence, self-esteem or dislike your body image, plastic surgery can offer a solution. Plastic surgery doesn’t just help your mental wellbeing, it can improve your physical health too. In some instances, patients will experience physical pain or health issues which plastic surgery is able to remedy.



Do you have any other questions? Feel free to contact Centre for Surgery to have your questions answered or book a consultation with a surgeon today.

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