Many people are choosing cosmetic surgery because they wish to enhance, rejuvenate, or simply reshape their body. Today, technological advancements give surgeons the ability to provide clients with the most natural results.
But before you go under the knife, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your cosmetic procedure.
Confirm Your Doctor is Board Certified
After medical school, most doctors go on to specialize in one area of medicine. They work towards becoming a board-certified surgeon, which requires even more training, continued education, and the ability to pass a rigorous set of exams. Only choose a doctor with a board certification, so you know they will have the expertise to complete your procedure safely and with the best results possible.
Book a Consultation
Consultations are a must when preparing for surgery. In fact, it would be inadvisable to continue with a procedure without talking to your doctor first. The consultation gives you and the surgeon plenty of time to discuss your goals and create a treatment plan specific to you.
During this meeting, ask about your options, the final pricing, and any risks associated with the surgery. Ask about the recovery period, taking time off work, and avoiding strenuous activities like exercise.
This conversation will deepen your connection with your doctor, instill trust, and confirm you have made the appropriate choice for your surgery.
Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery
You’ll need to prepare for surgery at least three weeks before your appointment. Here are some of the best tips for getting your body ready.
Three Weeks Before
What you put in your body can impact the results and how well you recover from surgery. Three weeks out, stop smoking and drinking. Both weaken the immune system which will be working overtime to help you recover after your operation. Alcohol can make you susceptible to bleeding. You should stop consuming alcohol pre and post op until your surgeon has given you permission.
All prescription and over the counter medications need to be divulged to your doctor. If you are taking anything that could compromise your health during the procedure, you’ll need to stop taking them temporarily to prepare your body.
Two Weeks Before
Coming off your medications is often a gradual process. During week two, you will revisit all your medications with your surgeon and make necessary adjustments. Most notably will be the removal of blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen and other medicines like anti-inflammatories or Vitamin-E.
During week two you start taking vitamin supplements that will boost your overall health. Vitamins A and C are great, plus Bromelain. It’s found in pineapples and works will to relieve swelling after surgery.
One Week Before
This week, you’ll need to focus on reducing the swelling. Surgery is hard on the body, and there is sure to be some swelling associated with the procedure. Did you know that too much salt increases sodium levels which can be uncomfortable after your procedure is complete? Continue improving your immune system by eating whole fruits, vegetables, and grains. If you will need prescription post-op, go ahead and get them filled before.
Are you ready to see what Marvel Cosmetic Surgery can do for you? Contact us today to book your consultation by calling 615-329-3900!