Preparing for Plastic Surgery: A Three-Week Timeline
By Sheryl Pilcher on August 21, 2017
At Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., we want you to have the most positive plastic surgery experience possible, whether you undergo a minimally invasive procedure or a more comprehensive body contouring, facial rejuvenation, or breast enhancement procedure. In order to achieve the best possible results, it is extremely important that you diligently follow all of the post-surgical instructions provided to you by Dr. Sheryl Pilcher. However, there are also many ways that you can help to promote a positive plastic surgery experience before your surgery, as well.
Dr. Pilcher will discuss the issue of preparing for your plastic surgery procedure during your consultation at her San Antonio, TX practice so that you know precisely what to expect before you commit to surgery. Your willingness and ability to make lifestyle changes and other preparations before your plastic surgery appointment can profoundly influence how smoothly your procedure goes.
Are you interested in learning more about a given plastic surgery procedure? If so, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher at Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A. today.
Three Weeks Prior to Your Procedure
Now is the time to start making some serious lifestyle changes. If you are a smoker, you will want to quit smoking at this point if not earlier, as smoking can lead to complications during your procedure and interfere with the healing process after surgery. The best course of action would be to quit smoking permanently, but you should expect to give up smoking at least until you have fully recovered from your procedure.
If you drink alcohol, you should also quit at this point. This includes even light drinking, such as a glass of wine with meals. Alcohol consumption increases the risk of bleeding before and after surgery.
If you don’t already have an exercise regimen, now is the time to start one, even if you simply take a 30-minute walk every day. During your recovery, light walking will be fundamental to proper healing. The better health you are in going into surgery, the lower your risk of complications during surgery and the quicker your body will heal after the procedure.
Two Weeks Prior to Your Procedure
At this point, you may be required to stop taking certain medications such as ibuprofen and blood thinners. On the other hand, Dr. Pilcher may recommend that you start taking vitamins and other supplements that will help to reduce the risk of side effects such as swelling after surgery.
The Week before Your Procedure
In the week leading up to your procedure, you will want to be careful to avoid unhealthy foods and foods high in sodium, as the latter will increase your risk for swelling after surgery. Be sure not to leave any arrangements you have to make for your post-surgical healing until the last moment. Arrange to have someone take you to and from our practice on the day of your surgery and to help you around the house for a day or two after your procedure. Also, be sure to have any medications prescribed by Dr. Pilcher picked up from the pharmacy.
Learn More about Preparing for Plastic Surgery
To learn more about preparing for plastic surgery, please contact Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A. today.
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