There is no denying that cosmetic surgery is much safer now and things are only getting better but it does not mean that it is risk-free. But it is also important to understand that many accidents and complications can be attributed to the patients themselves. Many patients are not healthy enough for surgery or hide their condition. That is what many smokers do when they want to have a procedure and end up creating trouble not only for themselves but also for their surgeons.
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In this article let us talk about hematoma – a type of blood clot that affects men, especially if they have higher blood pressure. A hematoma is an abnormal, localized collection of clotted blood. One of the most common complications following a facelift, hematomas are not life threatening, easily corrected, and rarely interfere with final results if addressed by a plastic surgeon within 24 hours. If a hematoma occurs and is addressed quickly, it does not impact healing time.
ASPS is advising that men who want to have a facelift should check their blood pressure first since men are twice more likely than women to develop hematoma. According to their study, the incidence of hematoma in male patients significantly dropped to 3.97 percent from 8.7 percent once all patients followed a strict blood pressure control regimen.
Men are more likely to suffer from hematomas than women after a facelift due to basic skin differences. Men have thicker skin than women and more blood vessels, which requires more blood flow. The hair follicles on men’s faces produce the fastest-growing hair on a man’s body, also requiring a greater blood supply.
Blood vessels are like plumbing. If the pressure is too high in your water pipes, they are going to start leaking. It is the same in people. After surgery, if a person’s blood pressure is too high, it will cause the little vessels in that area to bleed, according to Dr. Daniel Baker. “By controlling blood pressure before surgery, patients can significantly lower their risk for blood clots. I strongly urge men and women alike, who are considering plastic surgery, to make sure they have their blood pressure under control before undergoing any type of invasive cosmetic surgery.
In order to reduce the chances of hematoma, here are a few tips:
- You must undergo a careful pre-operative evaluation by your surgeon.
- Manage and stabilize you blood pressure with the help of you family doctor.
- Discontinue all medications that can cause bleeding, including aspirin, St. Johnâ€™s wart, gingko and painkillers before surgery.