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Honesty With Your Surgeon Northern Virginia

It is absolutely essential to be upfront and honest with Fairfax, Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman to ensure your safety during treatment. Every patient's surgery-specific and disease-specific variables, in addition to your overall health, can make it difficult to accurately predict your surgical outcome. You must communicate every aspect of your health and reveal any medical conditions or prescriptions that you are taking.

Cosmetic surgery procedures can be very serious surgical operations. Dr. Desman must be informed about every aspect of your health, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

Be honest about your medical conditions

Even if you are embarrassed or ashamed about a condition, do not hide important information such as whether you are taking anti-depressants, if you are HIV positive if you have a disease like
Hepatitis B.

If you censor or omit any important information, you are increasing the risk of complications. For example, patients who fail to tell their plastic surgeons that they suffer from sleep apnea suffer an increased risk of serious anesthesia or post-anesthesia complications that could otherwise have been prevented.

These incidents are another reason why you should undergo a thorough medical exam prior to any cosmetic treatments.

Be honest about your desired outcome

Besides being upfront about any health concerns, you also need to accurately discuss the body or facial feature that you are unhappy with. This will help Dr. Desman determine exactly what procedure will be best for you. Without an accurate, honest description you may not know whether you need a breast lift or breast augmentation; liposuction or a tummy tuck. Discussing in detail your cosmetic goals can help avoid an unexpected outcome or the need for additional procedures to achieve the look you want.

Be honest about your emotional state

Reputable plastic surgeons will screen patients to filter out those who may be going through harmful emotional changes. If you are going through a hard emotional time, it does not necessarily exclude you from treatment. However, it may mean that certain measures must be taken to ensure your safety, which may include postponing your treatment.

If you are seeking plastic or cosmetic surgery and you are a high risk for psychological problems, you may be advised to receive counseling before undergoing any type of procedure.

The following are some examples of patients who may not be candidates for plastic or cosmetic surgery:

  • Those going through stressful life changes such as a divorce or job loss
  • If your goal is to achieve perfection, or if you are requesting multiple repeated procedures
  • Those suffering from a mental illness will need a coordinated treatment plan between your plastic surgeon and psychiatrist. This plan will consider any necessary medications that should be taken before and after treatment

If you are interested in enhancing your appearance and you live in the Alexandria or Arlington, Virginia area please contact Fairfax plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Desman at our Alexandria plastic surgery office today. We offer cosmetic surgery consultations. Please call today.

Call 703-924-3144 to schedule your consultation or to set up a telephone consultation.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection and unmatched personal care.

We are confident you will not be disappointed!

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