Some people who wish to turn back the clock and restore their youthful appearance resort to beauty products. Others want immediate results and opt for plastic surgery. The decision to undergo surgery should only be made after considering your options carefully and knowing the benefits and risks associated with each procedure. Here at our Houston plastic surgery practice, we help patients determine if they are good candidates for plastic surgery before providing them with options that help meet their aesthetic goals. If you are wondering if you are a good candidate for plastic surgery, read on and find out. Are you healthy? You may be a good candidate for surgery if you are healthy. Health problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, may prevent you from undergoing surgery. Moreover, you may not be a good candidate if you have a bleeding disorder or a heart disease. Do you smoke or drink alcohol? Smokers and people who drink too much alcohol may not be good candidates. Then again, your doctor may still allow you to undergo surgery if you stop smoking and drinking alcohol a few weeks before and after surgery. Following the doctor’s instructions is very important. If you continue to smoke, your body might not heal properly following surgery. You also have to avoid second-hand smoke. Do you have a weight problem? People who are overweight may not be good candidates for plastic surgery. It is best to lose weight first and maintain a healthy weight before considering cosmetic surgery. Do you have realistic expectations? A good candidate has realistic expectations and knows what a particular procedure can do and cannot do. For instance, if you are interested in rhinoplasty, you have to understand that the procedure can change the shape of your nose and give you a nose that is in harmony with the rest of your facial features. There is no such thing as a “perfect” nose. Dr. Cortes will perform rhinoplasty to give patients a nose that looks natural and improves their overall appearance. A lot of things have to be discussed during your consultation with the surgeon, including your health, lifestyle, medical history, and any medications you are taking. To find out if you are a good candidate for plastic surgery and to know your options, request a consultation with Dr. Cortés today by calling 713-234-6244. You can also contact Dr. Cortés through this online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!