How to Prepare for Cosmetic Surgery
Preparing for cosmetic surgery can be exciting. Your mind may be humming with the thought of a whole new look—a whole new you! With that said, it’s not just your physical transformation that matters. The top priority is your health; your surgeon will want to work with you closely to ensure you’re in good shape for the procedure and that you’re poised for a swift recovery. As you prepare yourself for a safe and healthy cosmetic surgery, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Getting Ready for Cosmetic Surgery
Schedule Surgery for When You’re Healthy
First and foremost, you only want to have a procedure done when you’re in a period of good health and when your immune system is at its best. If you’re just getting over a serious or prolonged illness, it may be best to hold off on your surgery for a few weeks. Along the same lines, you’ll want to schedule your procedure for a time of the year where you can get some rest; often, that means the end of the year, when you can use the holiday break to recuperate and bounce back a little bit.
Ensure the Right Nutrients
In the days and weeks leading up to your procedure, it’s vital to eat a good, nutritious diet—ensuring that your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy and to make a full recovery. Vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and copper, are especially important. Ask your surgeon for some specific dietary recommendations. It’s also wise to increase your intake of protein, which helps the body rebuild itself. Lean protein sources, like poultry, fish, and beans, are invaluable.
Talk to Your Doctor About Medications and Supplements
If you’re currently taking any medications or supplements, you’ll want to make sure you tell your surgeon all about them. Some of them may complicate the healing process, and your surgeon will advise you on the medications you need to temporarily discontinue. (This can even include OTC pain relievers, so be thorough in telling your surgeon which meds you take.)
An obvious but essential point: Your body isn’t at its best when it’s dehydrated, and you’ll especially need hydration during your surgical recovery. Make sure you’re getting those eight glasses of water each day!
Stop Smoking and Drinking
Alcohol consumption and smoking both inhibit wound healing, which is why surgeons will typically recommend you stop smoking two weeks before surgery, and don’t start up again until at least two weeks after. It’s also best to abstain from drinking during the 72 hours before your procedure.
Ensure a Safe Cosmetic Procedure
As you consider any kind of surgical intervention, your personal wellbeing should take precedent over everything else. Remember these guidelines as you prepare for your cosmetic procedure, and don’t forget to ask your surgeon any questions you may have. Reach out to Exclusively Faces today if you have any inquiries about your upcoming surgery.