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Who Should not have Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?

May 31st, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Some people should not have cosmetic plastic surgery. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons are trained to evaluate patients when seen in consultation to determine if they would be a good candidate.

There are two groups of patients that should not have cosmetic surgery, those with medical problems and those with psychological problems; you cannot fix a psychological problem with a physical solution. Some of the things the surgeon is watching for:

•    Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
This is an obsessive compulsive disorder also known by professionals as a “broken mirror” syndrome, where the patient believes they have serious flaws that no plastic surgeon can fix because it is only in their mind. This woman had about 72 facial procedures.

Before any surgery

After 72 procedures

• To please someone else
This is something that you should do to please yourself, relationships can come and go and you need to be happy with changes you have made.

• If you are in crisis or depressed
Emotional issues need to be resolved prior to surgery as surgery will not cure depression.

• Trying to save a relationship
Or getting revenge on an “ex”

• Going into debt
Cosmetic surgery can be expensive; do not put your family’s financial health at risk.

 Health issues
Your surgeon will not want you to have surgery until health issues are resolved such as; high blood pressure, hemophilia, heart or lung disease, excessive alcohol, smoking.

Be sure to discuss your expectations with your surgeon who will determine how realistic they are. If your surgeon feels that you are not ready for surgery follow his/her advice, knowing that this is what is best for you.


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