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  • Like any type of operation, plastic surgery is a medical procedure that should not be taken lightly. Ensuring that you are properly organized for the operation will decrease its risks, aid in its success and improve recovery.


    If only it was easy as drawing some lines

    Research First!

    Before undertaking any surgery, discovering more information is essential to determining its safety and validity. The first step is investigating the procedure, focusing on its risks, limitations, cost and recovery time. Finding a licensed and qualified medical professional is also of the upmost importance. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are minimum requirements. References and testimonials with pictures should also be readily available to prove reliability and satisfaction of previous clients.

    When researching a physician, don’t feel obligated to only set-up one consultation. Meeting with multiple plastic surgeons will increase the chance of finding an ideal doctor that suits your needs and instills confidence. Although cost can be a deciding factor in choosing a procedure, do not allow it to affect the choice of physician. This individual has your health, and ultimately life, in their hands and should be the best option, regardless of expense.

    Thorough Consultation

                    Once a procedure and doctor is preliminarily chosen, the consultation may be even more significant than the surgery itself. Comfort levels should be increased after this meeting, and any red flags, no matter how small, must be meticulously considered before continuing. Discover how the procedure will be performed, as different methods can have different risks, outcomes and recoveries. Be sure to fully disclose all eating and lifestyle habits and current medications and supplements during the consultation to identify any issues, complications and recommendations. Bring some sort of writing implement to jot down notes as the information will extensive and expecting to remember it all is unrealistic. In addition, be sure to have the trusted friend or loved one who will the primary caregiver post-surgery attend so that they hear the information firsthand and can ask any questions they have.

    Pre and Post-Surgery Nutrition

                    Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and high sodium and salicylates foods is essential in the month before and after surgery. Smoking will decrease blood flow and thus, healing; alcohol suppresses the immune system; a diet high in sodium increases swelling; and foods high in salicylates can cause excessive bruising from any trauma. Ensuring healthy foods, especially vegetables, fruits and lean proteins, that are calming and easy to digest are stocked where recovery will take place is an important task to complete before surgery. Being properly hydrated constantly is also important to provide optimal blood flow, nutrient delivery and healing.

    These foods will promote healing and fight off infection and illness 

    Set Up a Healing Environment

                    Recovery from plastic surgery may not be a comfortable experience, especially for the forty-eight hours after. Don’t plan on driving or moving around much during this time period, as the anesthesia will affect decision-making and coordination. Taking the time prior to establish a soothing, relaxed and therapeutic recovery center in your home will make the best of this situation. Set up an additional area to the bed as a base with pillows, blankets and any other items that will help comfort and pass the time. Be sure to have a large supply of ice or icing materials, comfortable clothes, gauze, sanitary wipes, and tissues to deal with the aftermath of surgery.

    Comfort is key after surgery

    In addition to gathering your favorite movies and those television shows waiting to be caught up on, prepare some other low demand activities beforehand to provide variety to recovery time. Be sure to follow the doctor’s recommendations regarding your physical activity. Prepare the house for your limited abilities by putting all essentials on counters and easily accessible areas to prevent the reaching and crouching that can cause pain and possibly disrupt the healing area.

    Preparation is vital during every step of any plastic surgery procedure. Diligence must be exhibited to examine the feasibility of the chosen operation and its technique. Selecting a physician who is reliable and skilled is also imperative. Finally, work must be completed to establish lifestyle habits and the recovery setting to optimize the safety of the procedure and your health and healing.

    Guest post contributed by an editor for Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi,
    a fellowship-trained reconstructive and facial plastic in the Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village area in California.


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    1 Comment so far

    1. Silas Knight on June 7, 2016 12:11 pm

      My wife has wanted to get plastic surgery for a long time now. We have been doing just what you said, and researching as much as we can before she goes. She has set up multiple consultations, just in case, so thanks for the tips!

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