Category: Pre-Operative

How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

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!

What to Expect Before and After Cosmetic Surgery

What to Expect Before and After Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery provides individuals the opportunity to enhance and reduce areas of their body. However, any time you consider an operation, you need to do your due diligence. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what to expect before and after a cosmetic surgery procedure.

How to Prepare for Cosmetic Surgery

The majority of cosmetic surgery planning revolves around the consultation, but before you schedule the meeting to discuss your treatment plan, you will need to choose the right cosmetic surgeon. Here are a few tips for choosing the one that is right for you:

Make Sure the Surgeon is Board-Certified

In order to comply and become certified, doctors must complete three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery—in addition to written and oral tests. Plus, board-certified surgeons must undergo continued education.

Where is Their Operating Facility?

You’ll want to ask your surgeon where they perform surgery and about the facility’s accreditation. Accredited operating rooms have a life support system, in the off chance that something goes wrong. Look for AAAASF, AAAHC or JCAHO operating facility certification.

They Have Experience in the Procedure You Want

Each cosmetic procedure requires a different skill set. Make sure your doctor has experience in the surgery you are looking for. Look at before and after photos and reviews of their practice.

They Share Similar Aesthetics

Before and after photos are an excellent way to ensure your surgeon shares your aesthetic. Take time to look through images of previous clients to be confident the results will match what you are trying to achieve. For better comparison, look for others who have similar face, body, and age as you.

Asking Questions in The Consultation

Now, that you’ve chosen your doctor, you’ll schedule a consultation. This initial meeting is crucial to the success of your surgery. It’s at this time you convey your desired results and begin an open discussion about the treatment plan. To get the most out of your consultation, here are a few good questions to ask according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery:

  • Am I a good candidate for my procedure of interest? If not, what is keeping me from being a candidate?
  • How many times have you performed this procedure?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the risks?
  • Do you have hospital privileges? If so, where?

  • Who will perform the anesthesia and what are their qualifications?
  • What type of anesthesia is required for this procedure?

What Happens After the Procedure

Each procedure will come with different post-op recovery plans, but there are a few additional areas you can address while recovering from cosmetic surgery.

Skin Care

With most procedures comes scarring. It’s a necessary part of the process, but most scars will fade if you take the right care. Sometimes the recovery time can take longer than you would like, but the worst thing you can do is Google your own alternative solutions. Your doctor should give you specific care instructions after your surgery on what is best for healing. Adhere to these instructions with care, as they will affect your results and the visibility of your scars.

Diet and Exercise

If your cosmetic surgery involved body contouring and removal of fat, diet and exercise are vital. Liposuction does remove fat cells, but only in a particular area. Without proper exercise and diet, you might find that other areas become trouble spots.

Tummy tuck’s and butt lifts require skin tightening. For these particular procedures to last, it is essential to maintain the weight you were at the time of your procedure. Otherwise, you risk stretching out the skin and losing some of the results.

Up Your Vitamin C Intake

Vitamin C helps promote collagen regeneration which is crucial post-op. It also helps improve the immune system function, so you can recover without the worry of getting sick. Vitamin C is water soluble and is quickly expelled from the body which means two things. To maintain healthy levels, you will need to have a continuous supply, and you won’t be able to overdose. Your body will always be able to get rid of what it doesn’t need.

Sunscreen

While recovering from facial surgeries or procedures, try your best to stay out of the sun. This is especially important since your skin will be at its most delicate. If being outside for extended periods of time is unavoidable, make sure to apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher. Better yet, bring it with you so you can reapply throughout the day.

Dr. Marvel is the leading cosmetic surgeon in the Middle Tennessee area. He’s helped many individuals achieve their goals through cosmetic surgery. If you are ready to see what he can do for you, call 615-329-3900 to book your consultation today!

What to Look for When Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon

Make Sure the Surgeon is Board-Certified

When a doctor is board-certified, you know that he is experienced in that particular field. In order to comply and become certified, doctors must complete three to five years of training in general surgery and a minimum of two to three years of training in plastic surgery—in addition to written and oral tests. Plus, board-certified surgeons must undergo continued education. This means you know your doctor will be up-to-date on all the advancements in current procedures and be able to advise you expertly.

You can find a list of certified surgeon by clicking here.

Operating Facility

Once you have confirmed that your doctor is board-certified, ask about their operating facilities. Your health and safety revolve around the anesthetist and quality of the operating room. You’ll want to ask your surgeon where they perform surgery and about the facility’s accreditation. Accredited operating rooms is having a life support system, in the off chance that something goes wrong. Look for AAAASF, AAAHC or JCAHO operating facility certification.

To learn more about the anesthetist’s qualifications, look for either a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) or a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist administering your anesthesia.

Experience in the Procedure You Want

Each cosmetic procedure requires a different skill set. As you can imagine, performing a facelift is completely different than performing a breast augmentation or reduction. When researching a doctor, make sure he or she has experience in the surgery you are looking for. Look at before and after photos and reviews of their practice.

Similar Aesthetics

Before and after photos are a good way to ensure your surgeon shares your aesthetic. These results will last the rest of your life, so you want to be sure you are getting something you are comfortable with. Take time to look through images of previous clients to be confident the results will match what you are looking for. For better comparison, look for others who have similar face, body, and age as you.

Personal Connection

You will spend a prolonged amount of time with your doctor and their team before, during, and after surgery. Trust is essential and your doctor should make you feel comfortable in their care. Having a good personal connection with your doctor helps. You should feel confident asking questions or voicing any concerns you may have. Their responses should make you feel comfortable and secure with the decision you are making.

Dr. Jeffrey Marvel has become one of the most recognized names for cosmetic surgery in Nashville and the surrounding Middle Tennessee area. He offers patients his undivided attention and is proud to provide surgical and non-surgical cosmetic solutions to patients throughout the Middle Tennessee area. 

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Preparing for Liposuction

Liposuction NashvilleFor people with healthy diets who exercise often, genetics can still hold onto stubborn fat deposits in unwanted regions such as the abdomen or thighs. For these people, liposuction may be necessary. Liposuction preparation is a critical part of the surgery process.

With liposuction preparation, knowing what to expect beforehand helps when thinking about the procedure. There are three major steps to a traditional liposuction: pre-operative, surgery, and post-operative. Each phase is valuable in their own way.

During liposuction preparation, you will discuss the details of the process with plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffery Marvel in a private consultation. Here, your desired results and preferences will be hashed out. You will also be asked to follow some basic precautionary measures before surgery.

Be prepared to get a medical evaluation or to adjust certain medications you’re currently taking. It’s always important to avoid smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery; failure to do so can have adverse effects on the surgery and recovery phases.

For more details on liposuction preparation, contact the experienced Dr. Marvel to set up a consultation at his Nashville office.