Part of being a trustworthy medical professional is the careful and unbiased consideration of every prospective surgical candidate. Occasionally, Dr. Ary Krau must admit that a person is not a good candidate for plastic surgery, or recommend they delay their operation. Here are five of the most common reasons why he might refuse or postpone a surgery.
1. Unrealistic Expectations
Having concrete and reasonable expectations is critical, but not everyone understands that. Some people want extensive work done with no scarring. Others make odd requests, such as wanting to look exactly like their favorite celebrities. And some even believe they have a deformity that needs to be fixed, when no such deformity exists. Dr. Krau is very candid when explaining whether he can or cannot help someone. If the expectations are unrealistic, he refuses to operate on the patient for their own good.
2. No Time to Recover
Surgical operations require a recovery period, in which the patient must stay at home (or a local hotel) and rest as much as possible. Work, exercise and socializing are not permitted during the recovery. Also, daily tasks like bending and lifting should be avoided, too. Some plastic surgery candidates have busy schedules and refuse to take the time off work or their normal routine to properly recover. If this is the case, Dr. Krau recommends the candidate postpone treatment until they have adequate time to recover.
Smoking raises the risk of complications during and after surgery. Any experienced plastic surgeon will make sure his patients quit smoking at least two to three weeks prior to surgery. If this is not possible for the patient, Dr. Krau cannot in good faith perform the operation.
As a popular mommy makeover provider, Dr. Krau meets with many women that want to restore their pre-pregnancy physique. However, women can be anxious and try to schedule the operation too soon after having a baby. Dr. Krau feels it is important for mommy makeover candidates to wait until they have weaned their babies and their bodies have stabilized. Performing surgery too soon could cause a complication or lead to less-than-desirable results.
5. Want Body or Breast Surgery and Future Children
In the same vein, Dr. Krau does not typically recommend body or breast surgery for women that want biological children in the future. Pregnancy can reverse the results of breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck and even liposuction, so it is not wise for a woman to have these surgeries if she plans to become pregnant in the future. Women are advised to delay surgery until they are certain that they will not give birth to additional biological children in the future.