New Study Shows Obese Patients Have 12 Times Higher Risk of Plastic Surgery Problems

According to a recent news release by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, obese patients have nearly a 12 times higher risk of complications after elective plastic surgery than patients who are of a healthy weight. Results of the study show that obese patients tend to recover slower than those who are of a healthier weight because there is usually less blood flow in fat tissue and the operating sites are usually much deeper, which puts the patient at risk for developing an infection.

If you are obese and are considering plastic surgery, talk to your cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon about all of the pros and cons of surgery and what you can expect from the outcome of your procedure. Take a look at plastic surgery before and after photos for inspiration, and look at the outcomes of surgery on patients who are of a similar size and weight as you.

Obesity and Plastic Surgery Warnings

Johns Hopkins researchers point out that not only are the risks of poor outcomes increased with obese patients, but many obese patients won’t qualify for financial assistance in the event that they need revision surgery or additional procedures or treatment after surgery. Obese patients are at a much higher risk for complications with elective surgery, and may end up needing extended hospital stays, additional doctor visits and treatment that may or may not be covered by health insurance. Complications such as inflammation, infection and pain were between 11 and 22 times more likely among obese patients than patients of a healthy weight, according to the study’s findings.

Undergoing Plastic Surgery When You’re Overweight or Obese

Any type of surgery performed on obese or overweight patients carries several risks, so it’s important that you are aware of the potential health risks and dangers involved before you go under the knife. Since the healing process may be much slower than the average for you, you may need to take more time off work to rest and recover. You will need to invest in compression garments that fit your body properly, and may need to have these special-ordered or custom made. You may need to make some changes to your diet, eating habits and lifestyle to maintain results of your procedure, and to stay healthy during the recovery period. Your plastic surgeon will address of all of these areas during your consultation.

Set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon or a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for elective surgery. Not all obese patients are in good health to proceed with elective surgery, so you will need a professional recommendation and evaluation before you can make your decision.