A new report has confirmed the increased use of psychoactive medications among patients seeking plastic surgery. But does it matter? You bet it does!
In this article, we’ll talk more about the types of medications included in the report, and why it definitely matters whether or not you tell your plastic surgeon about medications you’re using.
What are psychoactive drugs?
We’re talking about medications that will temporarily change your mood, behavior or perception.
The classifications of psychoactive drugs include:
- Mood stabilizers
Everybody takes psychoactive drugs, right?
While they are prescribed for and taken by many people, they’re more prominent among patients seeking plastic surgery.
According to the numbers, the national average of persons taking prescribed psychoactive medications is 26%, compared to the 33.6% reported usage among patients seeking plastic surgery.
What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t tell my doctor?
In an earlier blog entry, we spoke of the potential dangers caused by smoking to the proper recovery and healing of your plastic surgery procedure. In it, we spoke about the importance of being completely honest with your plastic surgeon – and any doctor, for that matter – to ensure they have a complete understanding of how you and your body may potentially react to a procedure.
For example, in the case of psychoactive drugs, the patient taking them may require a specific amount of anesthesia for a successful procedure. As another example, it’s known that frequent users of antidepressants can be at increased risk of hematoma, a pooling of blood beneath the skin just after a surgical procedure.
Ready For The New You? Call Sadrian Plastic Surgery, Laser And Skin Care Institute of San Diego
The bottom line is to be completely honest with your doctor. A complete understanding of your medical situation will position you best for a successful procedure.
Get in touch with us here at Sadrian Plastic Surgery, Laser and Skin Care Institute in San Diego to talk more about it.
Our number is 858-457-1111 or you can reach us online.