Preparing for Plastic Surgery

Preparing for Plastic Surgery: Steps to Ensure a Successful Surgical Experience

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Dr. Mark Magnusson and the team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery understand that choosing to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery is an intensely personal and private decision, and one that can have a dramatic impact on your life.

Here we share with you our tips for maximising the positive potential of this decision and ensuring a successful plastic surgery experience.

1. Prepare your mind
Mental preparation is key to a successful cosmetic surgery. You will look and may possibly feel different after the procedure. For many people, this can have a positive impact on many facets of your life including; self image, confidence and social interaction.

Friends and family may ask questions about your renewed appearance and you need to know how you will address these and how much information you would like to share. It is important to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the ‘new you’ and what this will mean in your everyday life.

2. Do your research
Having cosmetic surgery should be an informed decision. Many people aren’t aware that there is even a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon.

Many doctors have different ways of doing things and some specialise in certain types of procedures. Costs can often vary between specialists. Make sure you are armed with all the facts prior to surgery and choose a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable, confident and excited about the positive potential of your upcoming surgery.

3. Schedule surgery when you’re healthy
To give your body the best chance of recovery, try to schedule surgery when you are in optimal health. This will help you heal faster, give your immune system the best chance of a speedy recovery and get you back to normal life as soon as possible. 

Remember some surgeries require a period of rest, downtime or restricted activity afterward so schedule your surgery when you are able to take a break from work and your usual responsibilities.

4. Increase your protein and vitamin intake
Protein has been proven to assist healing and is vital in building new tissue and blood vessels, repair injured tissue and increase cell production for wound repair. High quality sources of protein include fish, poultry, beans and legumes or lean cuts of meat.

It is also important to ensure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals to assist in effective recovery. Ensuring your body has enough essential elements such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, zinc and copper will help fast-track your road to recovery.

5. Stay hydrated
On average it is recommended you drink between six to eight glasses of water each day, however this is especially important prior to surgery, to help cleanse and hydrate your body.  As fluid intake can be reduced the day before some surgeries, maintaining high fluid levels in the lead up to surgery can help. 

To avoid complications during surgery, be sure that you do not drink anything after midnight the night prior to your surgery, unless advised otherwise by your surgeon.

6. Avoid alcohol, smoking and certain medications
Although you may feel like celebrating your surgery with a glass of bubbles, it is strictly recommended not to drink alcohol for 72 hours before or after surgery. Most surgeons would recommend avoiding alcohol for one week prior and post surgery to achieve optimal results.

While smoking is never recommended, if you do smoke, try to abstain for at least two weeks prior to and following your procedure. Smoking inhibits wound healing as less oxygen is supplied to your body’s cells.  In addition, smoking increases your risk of complications during surgery.  In some surgeries, you may be asked to stop smoking up to six weeks prior to your procedure.

Many common and prescription medications are best avoided around the time of surgery so as to avoid any complications or counterproductive effects. Aspirin should be avoided as it is a blood thinner and can promote bleeding during surgery. If you are on any specialist medications, speak to your surgeon to find out the best course of action.

7. Build a strong post-surgery support network
Recovery following cosmetic surgery can be tough. You may not be able to resume normal activities for a while. So it is important you have a strong network of friends and family who can provide you emotional support, as well as helping you with practical things such as driving, household chores, physical activity and maintaining supplies.

Ensuring you are comfortable and well cared for will enhance a full and speedy recovery and maximise the positive potential of your plastic surgery experience.

8. Have realistic expectations
It’s important to have realistic expectations going into any cosmetic surgery. Invasive surgery will leave a scar, although there are many options to help minimise scarring and assist wound healing. The outcome of every procedure is different and results are often dependent on the individual patient, age, skin type and personal circumstances.

Your surgeon should equip you with all of the information about your procedure, including any risks or complications that may occur so you can be fully prepared for any outcome.

Understanding a patient’s motivations and helping them to achieve realistic expectations is a vital component in achieving successful outcomes. With a combination of communication, experience and knowledge, Dr. Magnusson and the specialist team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will work together with you to ensure best results.

To learn more about successful cosmetic surgery visit Toowoomba Plastic Surgery, complete a contact form or call us on 1300 662 960.

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On November 21, 2015

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