Plastic surgery is a big decision that can significantly impact your personal and professional life. Understanding what sets you apart from other candidates for the procedure is essential in determining whether or not you are the right candidate to undertake it.

To determine whether or not you are a proper candidate for plastic surgery, it helps first to figure out what you hope the procedure will accomplish. For example, do you want to enhance your appearance or correct a problem? Is it for cosmetic purposes, as part of a body modification, as a result of an accident or injury, or for medical purposes?

There are several reasons people have plastic surgery, and the decision should be carefully considered. The decision must be based on the individual’s current physical, emotional, and social health on an ongoing basis. The following are tips to help you determine whether surgery is right for you:

Ensure You are Doing it For the Right Reasons

Plastic surgery can be a life-changing decision, and it is important you are doing it for the right reasons. It is important to understand that it will not change your personality or interests. You also should never undergo plastic surgery to make someone else happy. Dr. Sarraga’s rules are that if there are many changes going on in your life, it is better to wait.

Make Sure You are in Good Physical Shape and in Good Health

The length of recovery from plastic surgery is determined by the type of surgery performed, but physical fitness can also be helpful. There are different ways to measure this. Lab work from your blood and other tests (Chest x-ray or EKG) can determine if you are fit to undergo surgery. There are other ways of knowing how your overall health is by measuring your body composition using the InBODY270 available in our office. This non-invasive test will show the water, fat, and muscle composition in your body. If you are not healthy or fit enough to undergo surgery, your doctor may recommend weight loss or health treatment prior to your surgery.

Education Yourself on Your Surgery

When choosing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, it can be helpful to educate yourself to know what to expect. During your consultation appointment with your surgeon, be sure to ask any questions that you have regarding preparation, the procedure, and recovery.

See a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

When choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your procedure, be sure to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Sarraga. These doctors have undergone extensive training for both facial and body procedures, and have developed technical skills and aesthetic judgment. They are certified by the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) – the legit authority for Board certification. By choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, you are ensuring that you will receive optimal results. Dr. Sarraga is actually dual board certified in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and General Surgery; he also completed a fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery. On top of that with over 10 years of experience, you will truly be in the best hands!

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to know if you are the right fit for plastic surgery is to discuss your expectations with Dr. Sarraga. During a consultation, you can get answers to all of your questions and concerns. Take your time and ask as several questions as possible to feel comfortable moving forward.


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