Diabetes & Plastic Surgery

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 Plastic Surgeon  discusses diabetes and plastic surgery.

 Plastic Surgeon  discusses diabetes and plastic surgery.

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Featuring Dr. Nancy Van Laeken, MD, FRCSC

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Van Laeken, Plastic Surgeon, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Plastic Surgeon

Quiz: Do You Understand Diabetes & Plastic Surgery? ( 32 participated.)

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Patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have the same risks when it comes to cosmetic surgery.


People with type 1 diabetes are at a slightly higher risk than people with type 2 diabetes. Talk to your healthcare provider about non-insulin medication options before and after surgery.


If you have diabetes, you may require a little more preoperative care than someone without the disease.


If you have diabetes and want plastic surgery, it's important that your blood sugars are under control before and after the procedure.


Having diabetes may slow the healing process and increase your risk of developing an infection.


Having diabetes may slow healing and increase infection risk. This is related to blood sugar levels that are too high, which causes inflammation and prevents nutrients and oxygen from getting to the wound.


Many healthcare providers want patients to have a low HbA1c level for six months before a plastic surgery procedure.


Many healthcare providers want patients to have a low HbA1c (commonly called A1c) level for about one year before a plastic surgery procedure.


Post-operative steroids or pain meds can negatively affect blood glucose levels.


Many medications can increase blood glucose levels, including steroids and pain medications. It's important to work with your medical team to determine the optimal pain management and aftercare options for your situation.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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