Plastic surgery aims to enhance your physical appearance by addressing specific concerns, such as reducing signs of aging. Before scheduling your procedure, determine whether you meet the qualifications of a potential plastic surgery client. These qualifications can include being a healthy individual with realistic expectations regarding surgery. You may be a suitable candidate for cosmetic surgery if you meet the following criteria:

You Are in Good Health

Evaluate your physical health to make sure you are fit for surgery. When speaking with your surgeon, inform them of existing medical conditions, medications you are taking, and allergies. These factors can impact your candidacy. If your surgeon believes surgery isn’t the best option for you, they may recommend minimally invasive alternatives, including Botox or dermal fillers.

You Have Realistic Expectations

Plastic surgery is used to enhance your natural appearance. It shouldn’t be used to address self-esteem issues or other emotional struggles. Having realistic expectations for the results of your surgery, including understanding that individual results may vary, can make you a good candidate for surgery. Your surgeon can help you understand the potential outcomes of certain procedures and what you can expect after receiving treatment.

You Understand the Potential Lifestyle Changes

Your lifestyle can also affect your candidacy. Some procedures require downtime and commitment to specific recovery protocols. Evaluate whether your lifestyle, including your employment and hobbies, can accommodate these requirements. Some procedures may require you to maintain a particular lifestyle to optimize the results. Women with stretched muscles and skin from pregnancy may choose to get an abdominoplasty to flatten and tone their abdomen, but the results can diminish if they continue to have children. Having open communication with your surgeon about your lifestyle and goals can help determine whether you are a good candidate for a specific procedure.

You Want To Correct a Physical Abnormality

You may be a good candidate for a procedure if you want to address a physical abnormality with cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery can address certain insecurities, such as birthmarks, scars, and cleft lips and palates. Rhinoplasty can address irregularities that cause breathing problems. Cosmetic surgery may also be a good option if you want to correct something that is causing you physical discomfort. Patients with large breasts that cause significant back and neck pain may benefit from a breast reduction. If you have a genetic irregularity or are experiencing physical discomfort that can be addressed with plastic surgery, speak with a surgeon to discuss your options.

You Are Prepared for the Cost and Recovery

Cosmetic surgery comes with associated costs, including the cost of the procedure, facility charges, and post-operative care. During your consultation, your surgeon can give you more details on the cost and financing options. Most surgeries require recovery time to allow your body to heal. Depending on the surgery, you can expect either an outpatient procedure or a brief hospital stay. Some procedures, such as a body lift, have a longer and more difficult recovery. With most cosmetic surgeries, you should expect to take some time off work and follow the provided post-operative instructions, such as avoiding working out.

You Completed a Consultation

A consultation appointment is a good time to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations for a procedure. It also provides an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure. Your surgeon can give you more information on their cosmetic recommendations and personal approach, such as combining procedures for more dramatic results. This communication can help you understand what to expect from the surgery, the recovery process, and potential risks. It can also help you and your surgeon determine whether you are a good candidate for the surgery you are interested in.

You Feel Comfortable With Your Surgeon

At Somerset Plastic Surgery, we do everything we can to help you feel comfortable. We offer a complimentary consultation so we can address your specific concerns. Our team of qualified surgeons is led by Dr. Michael J. Busuito and Dr. Christina Busuito, who have over 40 years of combined experience in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. We also use modern and cutting-edge technology and methods in our practice to achieve the best results possible. If we feel you aren’t a good candidate for cosmetic surgery for any reason, we can offer alternative options that may be a good fit for you.

Make an Appointment With Somerset Plastic Surgery

When determining whether you are a good candidate for plastic surgery, you should consider your physical health and expectations. Evaluate aspects such as the recovery time, cost, and upkeep. The surgeons at Somerset Plastic Surgery can help determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery. We can also recommend other minimally invasive options if needed, such as using Botox or dermal fillers like Juvederm to reduce signs of aging. Contact us to schedule a consultation appointment and learn more about our treatment options.