Studies Confirm Obese Patients Experience More Complications

Study after study has shown that patients that are struggling with obesity are more likely to experience complications than those that are not obese. One study, published inPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that obese patients are 35% more likely to experience complications that require an emergency visit to the hospital than patients that are not obese within 30 days of surgery, for nearly any type of cosmetic procedure.

Why Would Obesity Cause Plastic Surgery Complications?

Obesity itself is a very complex issue, and one that is not as simple as any one specific problem. Yet there are a lot of likely reasons that people struggling with obesity are more likely to experience complications. These include:

  • Comorbid Conditions – Those struggling with obesity are more likely to have comorbid conditions as well, including diabetes, heart disease, and general ill health. They are also less likely to be in excellent health, as these conditions and more can affect immune system function, organ function, etc. High blood pressure, for example, is known to cause bleeding after surgery, and obese individuals are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure.
  • Pressure on Wounds – Plastic surgery can create wounds that need an opportunity to heal. But obesity, and the added weight involved, can cause pressure to be placed on those wounds – pressure that may cause wounds to open, fail to heal quickly, or possibly lead to pain and discomfort.
  • Trouble With Recovery Steps – There are some behaviors that are very important for recovery. For example, after many types of surgeries, it’s important that you walk and move around to get the blood flowing and prevent clotting. But those with obesity often struggle to walk for long periods of time, and this can make recovery more difficult.

Although it is true that everyone deserves to feel better about their appearance, it is also true that you have to make sure that you’re in the best health you can be beforehand, in order to maximize outcomes. Since obese patients are also prone to fluctuations in weight, which can also affect your appearance after plastic surgery, it’s clear that plastic surgery is a better choice after weight loss.
However, once you’ve lost the weight, plastic surgery is one of the best ways to regain control of the look of your body and improve your self-confidence again. If you’ve lost significant weightand want to learn more about Dr. Agha’s body lifts in Orange County and Los Angeles, call today at 949-644-2442.