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Are You A Good Candidate?

It's only natural to wonder if plastic surgery is right for you – almost everyone has something they would like to change about their body.

Long Island plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev often see men and women who wonder if they are good candidates for the procedures that interest them. The best way to determine your candidacy for a procedure is to request your surgical consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev, who will provide you with a personal evaluation and recommendations based on your cosmetic goals.

Before your Long Island plastic surgery consultation, learn a little more about what makes a good candidate. Of course, more specific factors could affect your candidacy for a particular facial sculpting procedure, breast enhancement procedure or body contouring procedure, and Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev are more than happy to review your case in person to provide you guidance.

In General, Good Candidates Are:

  • Informed – You should know the details of the procedure you are considering, including preparation, basic surgical technique, risks and recovery time.
  • Emotionally stable – Choosing plastic surgery to look and feel healthier is appropriate; thinking plastic surgery will help you fix all your problems in your life is not.
  • Living a healthy lifestyle – Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding unhealthy behaviors are important not only to the success of your surgery but also to your overall well-being.
  • Realistic in their expectations – Plastic surgery has the power to change lives, but it is not a tool to achieve perfection and it does have its drawbacks, such as cost, discomfort and medical risk.

Our surgeons want to make sure you are a good candidate; however, they do not expect you to be The Perfect Candidate in order to be scheduled for surgery. Most people considering cosmetic surgery are interested for the right reasons and live a healthy life – characteristics that are very important to your surgical success.

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Poor Candidates for Plastic Surgery Include:

  • Smokers who are unwilling or unable to quit for a period before and after surgery.
  • People who have certain health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, hypertension or emphysema.
  • People who are significantly outside their ideal weight range – either malnourished or obese.
  • People suffering from severe or untreated depression or other mental illness.

Having poor physical health makes it much more likely that complications will occur following your surgery, and patients with poor mental health often are disappointed with the results of their procedure.

Make sure to discuss all your health conditions with your doctor so he can provide you with an honest assessment of your candidacy and help you make the most informed decision possible.

Critical Questions

At your plastic surgery consultation on Long Island, your doctor may ask these and other questions to help determine if plastic surgery is right for you:

  • What is the reason you are considering plastic surgery?
  • Do you understand the risk of complications associated with the procedure you are considering?
  • Have there been any major changes in your life or health recently?
  • Are you committed to taking the time needed for proper recovery and following post-op instructions carefully?
  • Will the cost of plastic surgery create financial stress in your life?
  • Have you discussed your surgical plans with family and friends?
  • Do you have a support network and someone to help you during recovery?

Ultimately, your doctor will be the one who decides if you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. Long Island residents who are interested in discussing cosmetic surgery in more detail should request a surgical consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery in Melville, New York, or call 631-424-3600 today.

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