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Plastic surgery and preventing viral infections  

Plastic surgery and preventing viral infections

Plastic surgery and preventing viral infections
The trend of performing plastic surgery has risen dramatically especially in the last decade. This has been attributed to the increasing pressure that the society puts on us to look good. Plastic surgery is highly popular among women but a large number of men have also preferred to go under the knife for a variety of reasons. Initially plastic surgery was performed only to correct medical deformities which might be congenital such as cleft palate or as a result of an accident or even growth deformities. Nowadays an increasing number of women are undergoing plastic surgery to enhance their looks. The surgical procedures that are most popular among these image obsessed population are breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, tummy tuck and surgical procedures done on the nose and the face. Plastic surgery has gained increasing popularity among teenagers as well who try to imitate the celebrities and create similar looks.
Many things can go wrong during a surgical procedure. These include permanent deformities to the part that is operated on. Other common surgical complications during plastic surgery include viral infections. The following precautions need to be taken in order to prevent viral infections after a plastic surgery:
1. Maintaining hygiene is important to prevent infections
Any surgical procedure during which an incision is made on the skin, regardless of the fact whether the incision is small or large, or for that matter any cut or even a bruise on the skin increases the risk of infection. Hence it is extremely important to maintain a proper hygiene and keep the wounds clean.
2. Maintaining the blood glucose level within the normal range plays an important role in preventing infections
The risk of infection is even higher if the person undergoing the plastic surgery is a diabetic. The blood sugar levels of a diabetic are regularly checked and the blood sugar level is brought within the normal range before performing a plastic surgery on a diabetic person. The elevated blood glucose levels increase the risk of infections in diabetics especially after a surgical procedure is performed. The wound healing is often delayed in these people.
3. Quitting smoking and heavy drinking
The operating surgeon advises the person undergoing surgery to quit smoking at least two weeks before the surgery. Smoking makes the person vulnerable to contracting infections especially after a surgical procedure when his immunity is low. The doctor will also advise the person to quit drinking as the risk of infection increases in alcoholics as compared to teetotalers.
4. Identifying the signs of infection
Before discharging the person from the care of the hospital, the doctor will give specific instructions about how to care for his wounds and how to keep them clean. The person who has undergone the surgery will also be educated on the possible complications that may occur after the plastic surgery. He will be educated on identifying the signs of infection which include a yellowish or greenish purulent discharge and high fever. The person is advised to call the doctor if he shows any signs of infection after the surgery.

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