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Why should I see an internist before undergoing cosmetic surgery?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Before surgery, you may need to see an internist for medical clearance. Cosmetic surgery is not medically necessary, so you may not have surgery if you have medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease. The surgeon is responsible for protecting you from yourself, and he may not operate if you have issues that increase your chance of complications. If you have depression or anxiety, for example, a complication could trigger severe depression or even suicide.
Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

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Straight Talk about Cosmetic Surgery (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)

The public’s recent exuberance toward cosmetic surgery has spurred an unprecedented demand for appearance-changing procedures. But how can an average consumer discern the hype from solid truth? ...

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