Am I a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery?

Plastic Surgery Redondo BeachMany Redondo Beach and South Bay men and women consider getting plastic surgery. Whether they are interested in liposuction, tummy tucks, facial procedures or breast augmentations, these Redondo Beach residents all have a specific goal in mind. If you’re considering plastic surgery, you might be wondering, am I a good candidate for the procedure I want? Besides being unsatisfied with my current appearance, what other qualifications must I have to be a good candidate for plastic surgery? Read on as board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Granzow of Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery explains what makes a patient a good candidate for elective, plastic surgery.

You Must Be a Good Candidate Today for the Specific Procedure You Want Now

Many Redondo Beach patients desire a specific plastic surgery procedure, but for one reason or another, they aren’t yet good candidates for the procedure. Take, for example, the Mommy Makeover, which typically includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and/or breast lift. This is a great procedure for mothers who are done having children, and whose weight has stabilized. But, if you think you might want another baby in the future, or you are still losing a significant amount of weight, now might not be the right time to get a Mommy Makeover as additional pregnancies or significant post-op weight loss can negatively impact your results.

You Must Be in Good Overall General Health

Before you undergo an elective procedure like plastic surgery, Dr. Granzow of Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery wants to make sure that you are a healthy candidate. This means that you’ll need to be in good overall health before getting a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or other plastic surgery procedure. If you have any chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, they’ll need to be stabilized, and you’ll need to be cleared for plastic surgery by your general physician.

You Must Have Realistic Expectations for Your Procedure

Plastic surgery can produce dramatic results. But it’s important that your expectations of those results are realistic so that you won’t be disappointed with your plastic surgery procedure. This is why Dr. Granzow spends so much time with his patients during consultations explaining what type of results he expects to be able to achieve based on each patient’s individual, unique physique and goals.

You Must Be a Non-Smoker

Smoking isn’t just bad for your health; it can also complicate both plastic surgery procedures and recovery time. For these reasons, Dr. Granzow prefers that his Redondo Beach patients are non-smokers. However, if you do smoke, Dr. Granzow may consider working with you if you quit smoking 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after your plastic surgery procedure, to aid in a safer surgery and faster recovery time. If you need help quitting smoking, talk to Dr. Granzow about how you can get enrolled in a smoking cessation program.

You Must Be in Good Psychological Health

Dr. Granzow cares about his Redondo Beach patients’ whole selves – mind, body, and spirit. For this reason, he screens his patients to make sure they are in good psychological health before undergoing plastic surgery. Sure, it’s reasonable to expect that a plastic surgery procedure like a tummy tuck after pregnancy or a breast augmentation to correct asymmetrical breasts will boost your confidence. But if you are expecting plastic surgery to solve all of your life’s troubles, now might not be the right time to undergo the procedure.

I’m Ready for Plastic Surgery

If you have a desired plastic surgery procedure in mind, and you think you meet all the requirements listed above, then call Dr. Granzow of Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery to schedule a free consultation. He can be reached at (310) 737-8918