Carrying out plastic surgery is a very serious decision. You need to be properly prepared for the procedure – and it’s not just about carrying out all the necessary tests beforehand or proper body preparation. No less important is choosing a good doctor who will professionally perform the surgery.
Plastic surgery – how to prepare
The first step is to find a surgeon. The best way is to use the experience of other patients in given offices and to rely on opinions and results photos. If there are none, it is not good for a given surgery – after all, nothing else would better confirm the skills and qualifications of the surgeon. Of course, you should also make sure that the doctor is a member of the Polish Plastic Surgery Association, as this is a certificate of appropriate education.
Interview with a plastic surgeon
In the selection process, just talking to your doctor is also important. The professional will inform the patient about the exact course of the operation, list possible complications, and provide recovery details. Avoid surgeons who only praise their methods and equipment, not allowing something bad to happen during the procedure. Plastic surgery is still medicine, and operations strongly interfere with the body, so even with the best preparation of the procedure and the vast experience of doctors, the risk of complications will never be zero. The task of a good surgeon is to prepare the patient for it, as well as referral for examinations that will confirm that the state of health allows for the operation. Do not arrange for a surgeon who is ready to perform the surgery “on the spot” – this approach is not safe at all.
After passing the appropriate tests and confirming that you qualify for the given procedure, a date will be selected. Usually, you have to wait about one month for surgery, as you need to prepare your body for surgery for several weeks. One of the necessities is to quit smoking and drinking alcohol three weeks before surgery. You also need to make a diet change – it is important to limit your salicylate intake. They are found in tea, wine, potatoes, nuts or mushrooms. Also, not all vegetables and fruits are suitable for consumption shortly before surgery and include: cucumbers, green peppers, radishes, tomatoes, raisins, apples, melon, blackberries, cherries and grapes. It’s quite a long list of products, but fortunately it shouldn’t complicate your daily diet too much.One of the advantages of a low-salicylate diet is that chocolate is allowed in any form! (Unless, of course, it contains the ingredients listed above.)
Watch out for medication before surgery
If you are taking any medications on a permanent basis, consult your surgeon when they should be put off. Some preparations can be taken up to two weeks before surgery, some should be put off a week before, while others do not have to give up at all. A very individual but at the same time extremely important issue; To be sure, you can also contact the doctor who prescribed these medications – he can also advise you whether taking them before plastic surgery is acceptable.
Two weeks before surgery is also the time when you should start taking vitamins recommended by your plastic surgeon. Usually these are vitamins A and C, in turn it is often ordered to give up taking vitamin E and products that contain it. You must not take medicines containing aspirin during the last pre-operative 14 days, as they thin the blood (for the same reason you are advised not to take aspirin during your periods).
Don’t forget to deal with less medical and more practical issues first. Because during the first days after surgery any movement should be limited, make sure there is someone, it will take care of your animals – at such an early stage even a walk with the dog can be a problem. Leave necessities such as a telephone with a charger, painkillers and water by the bed, so you can’t limit your physical activity to a minimum.
Do not drink or eat the day before the operation; if you are thirsty, you can help yourself with moistening your lips with water. It is important that the surgery takes place on a completely empty stomach. In addition, relax – sleep well, so that during the operation be in the best condition.
And most importantly, don’t stress. You will be in the hands of professionals who will make sure that the operation will run smoothly – with a great end result.