thyroid and cosmetic surgery?

can you get cosmetic surgery (such as rhinoplasty, chin implant etc) done if you have an under active or overactive thyroid problem?

If not why and how will it interfere with the surgery?


  • Pangolin

    The surgery isn’t the problem; anesthesia is. If you are not euthyroid (normal thyroid function), it can put you at huge risk with anesthesia.

    Hypothyroid patients have problems metabolizing anesthetic drugs. Hyperthyroid patients have issues with dangerously high blood pressures and heart rates. Neither is acceptable for elective surgery.

    If either condition is treated and well controlled, then you are fine for pretty much any procedure.

  • Wowzers

    Thyroid problems interfere with the imune system being able to heal and fight infections…Rhinoplastic surgery procedures are safe, yet, complications can arise; post-operative bleeding is uncommon, but usually resolves without treatment. Infection is rare, but, when it does occur, it might progress to become an abscess that will require surgical pus drainage while the patient is under general anesthesia. Adhesions, scars that form to bridge across the nasal cavity, from the septum to the turbinates, are also rare, but obstruct the airways, and so require surgical removal. Moreover, in the course of the rhinoplasty, the surgeon might accidentally perforate the septum (septal perforation), which later can cause chronic nose bleeding, crusting of nasal fluids, difficult breathing, and whistling breathing. Furthermore, if too much of the underlying cartilaginous and bone structures of the nose is removed, the consequent weakening can cause the overlying nasal skin to become shapeless, resulting in a “polly beak” deformity resembling the beak of a parrot. Likewise if the septum is unsupported, the bridge of the nose can sink, resulting in a “saddle nose” deformity. The tip of the nose can be over-rotated, causing the nostrils to be too-visible, resulting in a porcine nose. If the cartilages of the nose tip are over-resected, it can cause a pinched appearance nose tip. If an incision is made across the collumella (open rhinoplasty), variable-degree numbness might result, which requires a months-long resolution

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