Undergoing the plastic surgery procedure of your choice can be an exciting experience! Plastic surgery allows you to improve aesthetic concerns that have long been bothering you. That being said, you will most likely have many thoughts running through your mind in the days leading up to your surgery. The best way to relax is to make sure you are prepared for the day of surgery. To help you accomplish this, Dr. Donald Hause shares the important things you should do to prepare.
Complete Lab Testing
If you are required to undergo routine blood testing before your surgery, you should take care of this about two weeks before your procedure. Also, in the week before your procedure, make sure to pick up any medications that Dr. Hause has prescribed for your postoperative use.
Prepare Your House
Preparing your house (or the place where you will recuperate after surgery) is an important step. When you get home after your operation, you will likely be groggy from the use of anesthesia and will want to sleep as much as possible during the first few days after surgery. That is why it is essential to prepare your place of recovery before your day of surgery.
If you are having a body contouring procedure, put down plastic sheeting over your bed and couch, to protect against draining fluid. Facial rejuvenation patients should make sure they have plenty of pillows close by, as they will need to keep their head elevated for the first couple of days after surgery.
All patients should make sure that they have comfortable, loose-fitting clothes nearby, as well as any pain relievers, antibiotics or other prescription medication. You may also want to make sure you have easy access to ice packs, blankets and anything else that will make you feel more comfortable as you recuperate.
Finally, make sure your fridge is stocked with healthy, whole foods, plenty of water and perhaps Gatorade (or other electrolyte-packed fluids). Try to stay away from processed foods and foods that are high in salt, sugar or fat. Eating nutritious meals and staying hydrated will help your body heal.
Make Post-Op Arrangements
Arrange to take several days off from work or your usual routine following surgery. The exact number of days patients need off from work varies, depending on the procedure. For instance, liposuction and breast augmentation patients might only need to take about three to seven days off from work, while tummy tuck and facial rejuvenation patients might need to take about two weeks off from their everyday routine.
In addition, arrange to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your procedure and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. If you have children, you should arrange to have help with the kids for the initial phase of recovery.
It important to eat healthfully, not only after surgery but also in the weeks leading up to your procedure. This will help strengthen and prepare your body for the operation. Also, make sure to stay hydrated.
Lastly, if you smoke, you must stop smoking for at least four weeks before (and after) your procedure. (It is best if you can quit smoking altogether.) Smoking constricts the blood vessels, impeding blood circulation, robs your blood of nutrient-rich oxygen, introduces noxious chemicals into your bloodstream and can cause serious surgical complications, such as wound reopening.
Find Out More
Dr. Hause and his team at Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery provide a comprehensive list of pre- and post-operative care instructions before your surgery day. However, do not hesitate to contact us by calling (916) 646-6869 if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the plastic surgery process in general.