Once you've scheduled your surgery, there are a few things you can do to make the process of recovery smoother. As we've discussed in a previous article, recovering from cosmetic surgery can be emotionally and physically challenging. You can prepare for your recovery by ensuring you will have all you need ready ahead of time. Last-minute stresses and distractions can take a toll on your body's ability to heal.
To help you avoid common stressors, here is the ultimate checklist to make sure you are prepared for your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Get a physical examination with your family doctor. Your surgeon may request specific tests to ensure your safety during and after the procedure.
Schedule enough time off from work to be sure you will get adequate rest. Click here to see how much time is typically needed for common procedures.
Review all medications and supplements (vitamins, minerals, & herbal) with your surgeon. Discuss if and when you need to stop taking them.
To minimize bleeding and bruising, avoid aspirin, Advil, Entrophen, ASA, 222s, Naprosyn, Vioxx, and other anti-inflammatories for three weeks before surgery. Tylenol is okay to use if needed.
Ask your cosmetic surgeon if there are any supplements you can start taking that will aid your recovery.
Stock up on nutritious food to help fuel your body during recovery (fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins).
Stop smoking and drinking at least three weeks before your cosmetic surgery.
Reduce your sodium intake to 1200 to 1500 mg per day. This helps to reduce swelling after surgery.
Prepare your recovery area with supplies to keep you entertained and to help with changing any dressing/bandages.
Move all essential items into an easy to reach area to avoid bending and stretching.
If you have pets or children, make arrangements for someone to take care of them while you rest and recover.
If needed, find someone to drive you on the day of your surgery.
If your surgeon recommends a caretaker, be sure to arrange that well ahead of time.
Pick up any prescription medication you'll need for recovery a few days early.
Pick out clothing that will be easy to put on and remove after your surgical procedure. For example, if you're having a facial surgical procedure, then a button-up shirt is ideal to wear during recovery.
Avoid eating and drinking anything during the final eight hours before your surgery. This includes sips of water and chewing gum. If your stomach is not empty, there’s a chance you could regurgitate while you’re under general anesthesia. If this happens, food or water could enter your lungs.
Your surgeon will give you instructions and recommendations specific to your procedure and your needs. Be sure to follow all instructions to reduce the risk of complications. If you are ever unsure, it's best to contact the surgeon's office.
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