The following is an excerpt from our new e-book, How to prepare for plastic surgery.
Congratulations on your decision to have cosmetic surgery! It’s exciting to think about your upcoming surgery and the beautiful results you will experience afterward. During the weeks and days prior to your procedure, try to take some time to pamper yourself and get ready for your transformation.
Some surgeries, such as breast augmentation, require more preparation and recovery than a minimally invasive option such as a mini facelift. But with any surgical procedure, you should allow yourself some time afterward to rest and recover as your surgeon advises for the best possible results.
Here, we have outlined our recommendations based on our years of plastic surgery experience and thousands of satisfied patients. This guide will give you the information you need to properly prepare for your surgery and make your recovery as smooth, comfortable, and relaxing as possible.
Several weeks before surgery
Your body and health
Even if your surgery is still a few weeks away, now is the time to start preparing your body, your life, and your home for a smooth recovery. One of the most important things you can do for a healthy body during surgery and beyond is to quit smoking. Smoking interferes with your body’s natural healing processes and ages your skin and body, detracting from your natural beauty. You may also be advised to quit drinking alcohol for two weeks or more before surgery, as alcohol can increase your chance of bleeding and can interfere with healing.
In some cases, your surgeon may recommend certain supplements that can help with healing and decrease swelling after your surgery. If advised, you will likely begin taking these about two weeks prior to your procedure.
Work and children
The optimal time to think about your work arrangements is now, when you have time to plan. You will need to take time off from your job for several days or more. Your surgeon will recommend a specified time off work based on your procedure, your job requirements, and your individual needs. Put in the request for the time off well in advance to avoid any undue work-related stress.
If you have small children, make sure you find someone who can care for your children and take them to school or activities as needed, whether it’s your partner, family members, or a hired babysitter. You will not want to hold and carry small children or drive to sports games right after your procedure, so get your care in place now. You’ll be glad made arrangements in advance so you don’t have to scramble to find help later.
Arrange for your ride home from surgery
Talk to a close friend or family member about driving you to and from your surgery appointment. We typically ask that all of our patients have someone in the waiting room during the procedure, and this person should be ready to drive you home once your surgeon releases you. You will not be able to drive or operate machinery for one or more days, depending on the type of surgery you are having. Make sure you have everything you need at home, so you won’t need to drive during this crucial healing period.
Preparing for your surgery can help you feel at ease before, during, and after your procedure. Learn more about how you can prepare by downloading your free copy from our e-book library.
Ready to improve your appearance and get the body you’ve always wanted? Monarch Plastic Surgery offers a multitude of cosmetic surgical procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, the Monarch mini facelift, and skin rejuvenation procedures. Request a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons today!