When planning for plastic surgery, your doctor will tell you a few things you should do to prepare. Whether you’re undergoing functional or cosmetic plastic surgery, you should begin taking steps at least two months before your surgery date to ensure a smooth surgery and recovery.
To prevent your procedure from being compromised, here is the best way to prepare for cosmetic surgery.
Create a recovery plan
The best way to prepare for plastic surgery is to be two steps ahead. Before undergoing surgery, you should create a recovery plan. Recovery plans vary depending on the type of surgical procedure you’re experiencing. However, make sure to give yourself enough time to fully recover and consider the help you may need during this time. Think about recovery centers, physical therapy, or someone who can help you around the house for a while after the surgery.
Stop smoking for six weeks
The most crucial step when preparing for your procedure is to stop smoking at least six weeks beforehand. Even if you smoke once within the six-week countdown, you’re at risk during and after the surgery. When you smoke, the nicotine restricts your blood flow and causes a lack of oxygen to your cells—which can cause serious complications.
Smoking before your procedure can cause:
- Poor healing
- Heart attack
- Increased risk of complications with anesthesia
- Increased risk of scarring
Lower your caffeine consumption
Caffeine can cause complications during surgery, especially if the patient has high levels in their bloodstream. High caffeine levels in your system during surgery can raise your heart rate and blood pressure. If you consume high amounts of caffeine, you should lower it as you approach your surgery date. If you drink four cups of tea or coffee daily, try to knock it down to two.
No alcohol for two weeks
You should refrain from drinking alcohol for at least two weeks before your procedure. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner and increases the risk of excessive bleeding during surgery. Drinking before surgery can also hinder proper healing.
Check your medications and vitamins
Your surgeon should tell you to bring in all your vitamins, supplements, and medications before surgery to advise you which ones are safe to take, and which are not. If not, you could have an unexpected reaction between the drugs used for surgery and your medications. Your surgeon may suggest you not take certain medicines before surgery to reduce potential risks or harm.