Top Tips for Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery
There are many things to be done as your big day nears. What do you need on hand for faster recovery? Who will take care of your kids? What are you allowed to eat?
You will probably have one or tow preoperative visits with your surgeon prior to the surgery, to discuss any last-minute details. This is also a good time to ask any questions you may have about your surgery and the accompanying risks and costs. Your surgeon could also offer some advice on how you can calm your pre-surgery jitters too.
On top of that, you may have to get some lab work — including a complete blood count — prior to the procedure. These tests will help confirm that you are healthy enough to have your surgery. Your surgeon should provide an information packet as well, where everything you must do and know before your surgery will be presented. Included should be a list of the medications you shouldn’t take for up to two weeks before and after the procedure. Included in this list is probably aspirin, as well as other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, which makes you more likely to bleed.
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Your surgeon may inform you of the benefits of homeopathic solutions like bromelain and Arnica montana, both of which help ease the bruising and swelling. These are supposed to be taken prior to surgery to maximize their effects.
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If you smoke, you have to stop for no less than two weeks prior to and after the surgery date. Smoking slows down circulation and thus, wound healing. Discuss with your surgeon the best ways to quit the habit for good.
It’s important to prepare for your recovery to make things go a lot smoother.
The following are some good recommendations:
> Have your house cleaned before the surgery.
> Plug in a nightlight to make it easier for you to go to the bathroom at night.
> Have some recovery food items on hand, like frozen meals, pudding, or any other soft foods, if your surgery keeps you from eating normally.
> Get your bed set up with lots of pillows for elevating your head.
> Get someone to care for your child or pet care during the first few days or weeks of your recovery.
> Buy all the medications and dressings you need before the surgery, including antibacterial soap and antibiotics, a thermometer and some frozen peas or berries to help the swelling.
> Organize all medications in a labeled container, marked with times when they have to be taken.
> Keep your medications nearby.
On your nightstand while you’re recovering, it is recommended that you keep:
> Bottled water
> Low-salt biscuits
> Your medicines
> A remote control with new batteries
> Your phone, fully charged
The Night Prior to Surgery
If you are feeling really nervous, try to get some “me time.” Play your favorite music. Light up an aromatic candle (lavender is great). Wash your hair and remove all nail polish on your fingers and toes. Now sleep like a baby.