Whether you are going to have a face lift, a tummy tuck, or a nose job, there are some things you should know about preparing for a plastic surgery procedure. Your doctor will, of course, give you specific instructions for what to do before and after the surgery – but here are a few things to keep in mind to make your procedure and your recovery a success.
Get help in advance
After any procedure, you should have someone to drive you home. You might even want someone to stay with you overnight, to help take care of you. If you have young children, having some help is definitely something you should arrange in advance.
Prepare your home
If you can’t have someone there to take care of you every minute as you recover, there are some things you can do before the procedure to make things easier on yourself after the procedure. You can prepare a few meals ahead of time, make sure you have your favorite snacks on hand, and prepare a good place to relax, such as having a good book and the remote near your favorite spot on the sofa.
Even if you are getting a tummy tuck to get rid of some extra fat, this is no time to start pigging out on junk food and giving up on your exercise routine. Eating right and staying in shape right up until the day of the procedure can help your body heal faster.
Your doctor will give you a list of medications to stop taking, as well as details on when you should stop taking them. Generally, patients should stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, a couple of weeks before surgery. Don’t forget to ask your doctor about herbal medications or supplements, to see if you should stop taking them as well.
Take the time to prepare yourself and your home before your procedure so that you can have a quick and comfortable recovery. If you are interested in a plastic surgery procedure or have questions about an upcoming surgery, contact Dr. Gary J. Price in New Haven or Fairfield County, CT. Call (203) 453-6635 today!