Even though cosmetic surgery is at an all-time high, some people should simply not get this type of medical work done. The two groups who should avoid plastic surgery are those people with medical problems and those with psychological problems. If a plastic surgeon does not want to do your surgery, he/she usually has good reason. If you have been turned away by a board-certified plastic surgeon, please do not ignore his/her advice.

If you have one or more of the following conditions, you should first talk to your primary care physician or specialist to make sure plastic surgery is safe:

Heavy smoking
Heavy drinking
High blood pressure
A bleeding disorder
Heart or lung disease
Severe allergies
High cholesterol

Sometimes, however, psychological concerns are a bigger factor than medical conditions. It is very important that a cosmetic surgery patient understand the limitations and risks of the surgery. One way doctors can assess expectations is through psychological testing. There are some very clear warning signs that might indicate that an individual is a bad candidate for plastic surgery.

Other red flags might be raised if the patient is going through a divorce, has just given birth or is going through menopause. While these circumstances don’t always rule out surgery, they do necessitate professional screening to make sure the patient is in the right frame of mind and understands the risks and the most likely outcomes.

An individual with a history of severe depression, particularly if medication is used, should first resolve his or her issues, usually through counseling, before attempting surgery.

Board-certified plastic surgeons are taught early on to make sure their patients are ready for surgery, medically and emotionally.

To speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon Dallas to find out whether or not you are a candidate for cosmetic surgery, please contact Dr. Rai at the Cosmetic Surgical Center today to schedule your initial appointment.