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Breast Augmentation is an ‘elective’ surgery, which means you’re choosing to do it.
It’s also your surgeon’s job to make sure you’re a good candidate for surgery. Part of this process involves them asking you about your medical history.
Do you have any underlying health conditions, and are you taking any medications?
Health Conditions and Surgery
It’s not a given that a ‘healthy’ person can undergo elective surgery. When you have a long-term, underlying health condition it can throw a wrench in your plans.
Whether or not your surgeon considers you ‘fit’ for surgery will depend on what your condition is, what medications you take and how well controlled your condition is.
Having an underlying health condition may mean you’re more at risk of some complications such as infection, problems with wound healing, and complications from the anesthesia.
Your surgeon or patient care coordinator will take a full medical history in your consultation. Sometimes you may need certain tests (e.g. blood tests, mammogram) to check you’re in good health and your surgeon will decide if any special measures (e.g. stronger antibiotics or a different anesthesia) are needed because of your condition.
Be Honest (with your surgeon)
If you’re living with a health condition (like asthma, diabetes, heart problems, mental health issues, auto-immune disease) the only way you’re going to find out if you can undergo breast implant surgery is to consult with a Board Certified Plastic surgeon.
A really important part of your consultation is finding out if you’re a good candidate for surgery. To do this your surgeon will take a full medical history.
Your surgeon will use what you tell them (about any health conditions and medications you’re taking) to decide if you can safely undergo surgery (and anesthesia) and to come up with any specific guidance and/or plans for before and after surgery. It’s their job to ensure you can continue to manage your condition as well as minimize the chances of developing any complications.
This all sounds a bit scary, I know. If you were in any way worried that an underlying health condition would rule you out from having a breast augmentation it’s important to know that you’d be potentially endangering your health if you weren’t completely honest with your surgeon. So, never hold anything back.
This goes right up to the day of surgery (and during your follow-up period)… it’s super important to keep your surgeon and their team informed about any changes to any underlying conditions and any new health issues.
Your surgeon may want to link-in with any other doctors for your health condition to ensure you pre- and post-surgical health is managed collaboratively.
Eat and Live Clean
If you’re living with a long term condition chances are you already know how to look after yourself.
This is even more important when you’re planning to have surgery. So, you can expect ahead of your surgery to be super disciplined with any special dietary requirements or activity recommendations.
It’s a really important way you can be sure you’re as healthy as possible before your surgery and can recover well after.
Take and Follow Advice
Surgery can throw anybody out of whack. If you have a specific health condition it’s especially important to understand how surgery may impact your condition and how to manage it well to ensure you have a smooth recovery.
Your surgeon has a moral duty to only accept you for surgery if it’s safe and won’t endanger your health. If you’re safe to go ahead with surgery you may find you have some very specific pre- and post-surgical do’s and don’ts (e.g. medications, diet and supplements).
Your approach to healing may be different to others because it’s tailored to your specific health condition.
Be Honest Again (with yourself)
Perhaps most importantly, you need to ‘keep it real’ girl. If you get the thumbs up for surgery you’ll need to be honest with yourself about how involved your pre- and post-surgery journey may be to ensure you recover well while managing your health condition.
Sometimes the risk of complications is too high.
If your surgeon puts the brakes on your surgery it may be a bitter pill to swallow. If it’s just a temporary stop until your health condition is under control, work with your surgeon and focus on the journey not the destination. Keep the lines of communication with your surgeon open so you can understand their decisions and in time can learn to accept that your overall health will trump your boobie wishes.
Having an underlying health condition doesn’t automatically rule you out from getting breast implants. It’s important to consult with a Board Certified plastic surgeon to check if you’re a good candidate for surgery, to follow any recommendations to keep you healthy before and after surgery, and also to be honest with yourself that you should prioritize your health over your boobie goals.