|First Step to Surgery
If you are planning to consult surgeon for cosmetic surgery you should know following things
About surgical procedure
About surgical out put
Complications of procedure
Total time of recovery
Surgeon shall be well qualified and trained in Plastic surgery. His degrees should be recognised by Medical council of India
Surgeon should be trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures
Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
PRE SURGICAL ASSEMENT-----Before undergoing any surgery surgeon must evaluate you properly. He shall
Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
Take photographs for your medical record
Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
Discuss likely outcomes of surgery and any risks or potential complications
Tell your surgeon about any allergy you have
Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
You should take proper instructions like :-
What to do on the day of surgery
The use of anesthesia during your surgery.
Nil by mouth.
Any medicine taken before surgery
Where and at what time surgery will be done and time of admission to hospital.
Total expenses of surgery including implants and or any probable expenditure
Post-operative care and follow-up, pressure garments.
The risks ------These are probable risks
Unfavorable scarring ,hypertrophic scar,development of keloid
Poor wound healing
Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
Major wound separation
Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs
Pain, which may persist
Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Sutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removal
Possibility of revision surgery
These risks and others should be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon. The given above risks are common for surgery, there can be variation for individual procedure.
It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
When you go home
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalisation and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Surgeon can guarantee for care but not total cure of your problem. Same surgeon, same procedure done under same circumstances may not give same results. Final results depend on many known, unknown, and individual tissue response.