Plastic surgery is a great way to address cosmetic or functional issues standing in the way of your ideal appearance. Whether you are interested in a face, breast, or body procedure, it is important to know that being prepared for the big day will set you up for a smoother recovery and can increase your chances of achieving your desired results. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Elisa Burgess, has provided these tips for her surgical patients.
Your Plastic Surgery Checklist
Our practice will provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions before your procedure. In the meantime, there are several things that all surgery patients can do beforehand, including:
- Maintaining a healthy diet
- Taking time off work and other strenuous activities
- Stocking up on recovery supplies
- Filling any/all prescriptions that will be needed after surgery
- Having family or friends around to take you to operating room and care for you post-surgery
- Following directions regarding eating, drinking, or medications
What Not To Do
The things you need to avoid before plastic surgery are just as important as the things required beforehand. Leading up to your procedure, do not:
- Smoke: Smoking before surgery can create serious consequences, including marijuana. Smoking decreases blood flow and weakens your immune system. These effects can impact your ability to heal properly, as well as increase complications. For optimal healing, quit smoking 6 weeks prior to surgery, and 6 weeks after. Make sure to talk to your provider before consuming any products that contain CBD, before and after surgery.
- Drink alcohol: Alcohol can interfere with the way your body metabolizes anesthesia during surgery. It is best to stop drinking at least 48 hours before your procedure. However, the sooner you avoid it, the better!
- Take blood thinners: You should stop taking blood-thinning medications unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon. Drugs and many herbal supplements such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Vitamin E, can increase thinning and further complications.
Get Personalized Tips During a Consultation
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Elisa Burgess wants, you to feel confident going into your procedure. She and her team will make sure you know what to do to prepare for your surgical date. Schedule a consultation at 503-699-6464 to receive personalized recommendations.