If you’ve decided that you want to have plastic surgery done, remember that it is still a medical procedure just like any other and that there are things you can do to prepare and to give yourself the best outcome.
There are certain things you have to do way before a surgery itself and as the surgery approaches. This can also help you achieve better results after the procedure and help you heal faster. Let’s take a look at some things you need to do before the surgery.
1. Understand Your Surgery
You need to understand what will happen in the surgery, so it’s a good idea to get as much information about it as possible. You can research your surgery online as well, though you need to visit sites that are genuine and not some individual’s personal website. Sites that are from medical organizations or those of a board certified plastic surgeon will be good and informative sites. You can also visit forums where others have had similar surgeries just to get an idea of their experiences.
2. Research The Plastic Surgeon
Once you find out the name of the surgeon, make sure to thoroughly research him or her. The surgeon must be board certified. Remember, there are those who are not properly qualified who will perform surgeries, so be careful of them. Yes, these things happen. A reputable surgeon would have had years of training. Some people may have come from another country where they trained for 6 months. These people should not be allowed to practice. Even plastic surgeries can have complications and only a fully trained and qualified doctor can deal with this. Apart from doing your research, you can also ask people you know who may have had procedures done and if they would recommend the doctor.
3. Maintain Healthy Body Weight
Before you have your surgery, try to achieve a healthy body weight and see your family doctor if you have to, just to get some good advice on this. This can be very helpful when it comes time to have the surgery. Try to maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle. Remember, don’t try to pile on weight or lose weight overnight by doing anything drastic, which is why you should see your doctor for the right advice. Remember, some of these surgeries will have weight-related aspects to it, so you want to make sure you go into it in good shape so that you recover properly.
4. Anti-Inflammatory Medications
If at all possible, you should try not to take anti-inflammatory medication a month before you have your procedure done. If you do have any cause to take these medications, perhaps you could try something like Tylenol as this can lower the risk of bleeding during and after the surgery when compared to medications like Aleve or Advil.
You may not need to fast for certain procedures, but if you do, then don’t have anything to eat or drink from the midnight before your surgery. This is to lower any risks from the general anaesthetic. Make sure to clearly understand the rules on fasting from your doctor.
If you are well prepared before the surgery, then you will stand the best chance of everything going smoothly, not just during and after the surgery, but also during the recovery process.