The first step to preparing for successful plastic surgery is choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon. After all, the quality of your plastic surgeon will have a huge impact on your entire plastic surgery experience…and your results. You may find the right plastic surgeon via the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.
After selecting a capable, experienced and aesthetically-refined plastic surgeon, it’s time to get organized for the pre-op aspect of your plastic surgery procedure. The first step to getting it together is knowing what to take to your first consultation.
In general, you should have a list of highlights of your medical history, along with contact information for your family physician and specialists (if any). If you have allergies to medications or other health problems that may factor in (if you smoke, for example, or have high blood pressure, etc.), make a note of any health issues or adverse habits and then mention them to your surgeon.
Get a List of Pre-op Instructions from your Plastic Surgeon
Once you’ve discussed your health and your preferred plastic surgery procedure with a plastic surgeon, it will be time to find out what he or she needs from you before surgery. Most plastic surgeons have detailed lists of “do’s and don’ts”, which they give to their patients during consultations. Be sure to ask for this list if it isn’t offered to you.
The list will let you know how to get to the medical facility where you’ll be having your operation, and it will also give you information about whether or not you can eat or drink 24 hours before your operation (generally, you can’t). In addition, this list may detail medications that you must take (if any) before your procedure.
When it’s time to get ready for your operation, plan to prepare a few days in advance by obtaining supplies for the recovery phase, following your doctor’s pre-op instructions to the letter, and finding friends or loved ones who will be happy to chauffeur you to your operation and back. These companions should also be on call if you need anything during your recovery. Be sure to plan to thank your friends and relatives with cards or other thoughtful gestures after you’re fully healed, as their support is so important.
If you are addicted to cigarettes, make every every to “butt out” in the days before you surgery, as smoking really does impair healing and raise the risks of complications during surgery. The evening before your operation, make sure your overnight case is packed with everything that you must bring to the medical facility. Avoid taking steal-able items to the facility, as they may not be protected properly during your operation. If you wear contacts, make sure that you have a case for them (and saline solution), as they must be removed before surgery. Choose baggy clothes that don’t constrict, as these will be far more comfortable for you than fitted designs.
After surgery, follow all post-op instructions that are given to you by your plastic surgeon. These may include taking pain killers, applying cold compresses, or wearing compression garments. Give yourself time to rest, relax and look forward to your improved face or body.