Ways to prepare for plastic surgery
There are several things you can do to prepare for plastic surgery. Whether you are planning on having breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, liposuction, or any other surgical procedure, you should take some necessary steps to prepare for the upcoming surgery. Taking the proper steps can have a significant impact on recovery.
A healthy diet can do wonders and prepare your body for anything. Proper nutrition is vital to boost your immune system and will eventually aid in the healing process, also decreasing the risk of infection. Eating right can also give you that extra energy you need. Being overweight will only add more complications and increase post-operative pain. A healthy diet and routine workout is the best way to lose those extra pounds prior to surgery. Ask your doctor about which specific exercise you are allowed to participate in. Excess weight loss can be dangerous too. Instead, have a healthy weight loss program in place. Losing those extra pounds will have a positive impact on your recovery and overall health.
If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for yourself is to quit. Smoking can decelerate your body’s ability to heal and lead to many complications, such as pneumonia and reduced blood flow. This may cause blood clot formation and slow down healing with a higher risk of infection at the surgical site. Smoking is also one of the leading causes of heart disease that increases your risk for heart attack.
Your surgeon will instruct you to take certain medications and quit others. Blood thinners, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should be discontinued. This is something you have to discuss with your surgeon first during your initial consultation and medical evaluation. You must provide your surgeon with a list of all medications you are currently taking, including vitamins and supplements.
Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day to help cleanse and hydrate the body. Fluid intake will be reduced the day of surgery to avoid complications during surgery.
Prepare your home
Preparing your house for surgery will make your recovery more pleasant and relaxed. You must stock up everything you need, including food, entertainment, toiletries, and so on. Prepare healthy meals ahead of time and freeze them. Organize your refrigerator so that everything is within reach. Get straws to drink while lying down, and other recovery essentials that make your life much easier such as paper plates and disposable utensils. Picks up prescriptions before surgery, and if you have kids or pets, make the necessary arrangements for someone to take care of them.
The night before surgery
Don’t drink anything after midnight, including water. Don’t smoke or swallow any substance, including chewing gum. Spit the water out after you brush your teeth. The stomach should be empty; otherwise, anesthesia may cause nausea and vomiting. Rely on your family and friends to assist you during recovery.
Preparation is the key
To sum up, have a good support system in place, avoid unnecessary stress, complete tasks beforehand, and follow your doctor’s postoperative guidelines. Get plenty of rest and quit bad habits that may interfere with surgery and recovery. We are here to guide you throughout the whole process. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.