How to Prepare for Plastic Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide
Knowing how to prepare for surgery properly is a key element in ensuring a successful outcome and smooth recovery after your procedure. Here, we will cover the essential steps, and provide helpful insights to help you prepare before the procedure and the day of surgery.
Consultation and Informed Consent
Before your surgery, you will have one or more consultations with your surgeon. During these meetings, you will discuss the details of the procedure, including the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes. It is crucial to ask any questions you may have and ensure you fully understand the procedure. Your surgeon will also obtain your informed consent, confirming that you agree to the surgery’s terms and potential risks.
Your surgeon will assess your overall health and may require specific medical tests before surgery. These tests may include blood work, imaging scans, and an electrocardiogram (ECG). Your surgeon will use this information to identify any underlying medical conditions that need to be addressed before the procedure.
Medication and Supplements
Discuss all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are currently taking with your surgeon. Certain medications and supplements can interfere with the surgery or the recovery process and may need to be adjusted or temporarily discontinued. Always follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding medications.
Smoking and Alcohol
If you smoke or consume alcohol regularly, it is advisable to quit or significantly reduce your consumption before surgery. Smoking and excessive alcohol use can impair the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
Nutrition and Hydration
Maintaining a balanced diet and staying adequately hydrated is crucial for surgery preparation. Proper nutrition and hydration help promote optimal healing and reduce the risk of infection. Follow any dietary guidelines provided by your board-certified plastic surgeon.
Prepare a comfortable and safe space for your post-operative recovery. Ensure you have easy access to essentials like water, medications, and a phone. Consider creating a cozy area with pillows and blankets for resting.
Your surgeon will provide you with specific preoperative instructions tailored to your procedure. These instructions may include fasting before surgery and avoiding certain products, like makeup or nail polish.
On the Day
On the day of surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothing and slip-on shoes. Remove all jewelry as well, and practice relaxation techniques, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to help manage anxiety and stress.
Transportation and Support
You will be unable to drive yourself home after surgery because of anesthesia. Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to pick you up and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours post-surgery. Having someone to assist you during your initial recovery is essential.
Want to Learn More?
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at the Ocean Surgery Center today! Your well-being is our priority, s0 we will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about preparing for your plastic surgery.