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Here’s How Surgeons Determine If You’re a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery

By Ysabel Vitangcol on February 26, 2021

Cosmetic surgery has seen a major uptick in quarantine season. This is for two reasons: 1) people can recover peacefully in isolation without the worry of bumping into friends or colleagues, and 2) you get to come out of quarantine as a beautiful butterfly, as Dr. Belo likes to say. But not every single person can qualify to go under the knife—there are a number of factors we consider, and some of them might surprise you. Here they are below.

  1. Someone who passes pre-operative testing prior to surgery.

Our surgeons have to determine whether your body is able to handle the surgery you’re aiming to have. We have you conduct certain pre-operative laboratory tests just to make sure that there will be no complications during and after your surgery.

  1. Someone who is not a heavy smoker or drinker.

Heavy alcohol or nicotine intake greatly increases the risk of complications after surgery (whether cosmetic or non-cosmetic) which is why they are generally not approved by surgeons to proceed. In these cases, you may need to abstain from alcohol and/or smoking for a recommended period of time—and get clearance/approval from your general physician before being able to proceed with your surgery.

  1. Someone with realistic expectations.

If you come into your pre-surgery consultation with overly specific expectations in mind (say, “I want Liza Soberano’s jawline” or “I want Kylie Jenner’s body shape), then your surgeon might think twice before moving forward. When considering plastic surgery, our Belo surgeons will create the result that suits your personal features best—not what would suit somebody else. It’s all about making you the most beautiful version of yourself, not a copy of your celebrity peg. 

  1. Someone with a support system who can help them recover.

It’s harder to recover from anything alone, and that includes cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon will be asking you about who will be there to help you as you recover. Will you have family members or friends who can help you buy medicine, prepare your food, and help you move while your nose is swollen from rhinoplasty or your body is extremely sore from liposuction? If you live alone, you’ll want to make sure someone can be there for you until you’re healed.

If you think you’re a good candidate for the surgery of your dreams, let’s get started in turning that to a reality.

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