Important Factors to Consider before Undergoing Plastic Surgery


Plastic surgery is a great way to improve your appearance so that you can look and feel your very best. When performed by a highly skilled, board certified plastic surgeon, your procedure is likely to be completed safely and deliver the exceptional results you desire. However, it is important to remember that like all surgical procedures, plastic surgery always comes with some risks and as a result, you should do your homework before choosing to move forward with your desired plastic surgery procedure. The skill level and experience of your surgeon will play an important role in achieving the best possible outcome to your procedure and reducing the risk of complications. Therefore, make sure to:

  • Research your plastic surgeon’s credentials and board certification – always choose a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure he is highly trained and experienced in the field of plastic surgery
  • Research the accreditation of the facility where your procedure will be performed – according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), accredited office-based surgical facilities have a comparable safety record to hospitals; however, surgical facilities that are not accredited may place you at an increased risk of complications
  • Research your plastic surgeon’s experience with your desired procedure – ideally, your surgeon should perform this procedure regularly and be up-to-date on the most advanced techniques used
  • Understand the risks associated with your desired procedure as well as ways you can help reduce these risks

One of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of complications is to quit smoking prior to your procedure. Smoking reduces the blood supply of the tissues and adversely impacts your ability to heal. While the ASPS website advises that you quit smoking two weeks prior to your procedure, it is best to quit at least a month before surgery for best results. You will also need to refrain from smoking until your recovery is complete. Consider your lifestyle when choosing whether to move forward with plastic surgery. Women who lead a very active lifestyle may still be suitable candidates for breast augmentation, but they should consider a smaller breast implant size so that it does not adversely impact their ability to engage in athletics. If you are choosing to undergo liposuction or a tummy tuck, make sure you are able to maintain a stable weight before moving forward with your procedure. If you are interested in plastic surgery in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, please contact Dr. David Bottger today to schedule your initial consultation.