If you have committed to undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure then it is important that you take steps to ensure that your body is prepared mentally and physically for the surgery. Any surgical procedure will require a certain amount of after-care and recovery time but you can also make sure that the treatment you’re having is as successful as possible by preparing your body before surgery too. So read on to find out how to prepare your body before going under the knife.
Take the cosmetic surgeon’s recommendations on board
The person who will be performing the surgical operation will book you in for a consultancy appointment before the operation. This is where you will find out what will happen on the day of the operation and it is also your chance to ask any questions or talk about concerns you may have. You should also ask what the specialist recommends you to do in order to prepare for surgery.
Avoid taking over-the-counter medication
Three weeks prior to the surgery is the time you should stop taking any over-the-counter medication such as aspirin. This type of medication can have an adverse effect on the outcome of the procedure and could cause clotting and excessive bleeding. You can ask your doctor for a list of safe medications.
If you’re not accustomed to exercising regularly, you can start by doing gentle exercise to help improve your circulation, flexibility, and lung power. Swimming is a great low-impact sport that uses every muscle in the body, or you could try increasing the amount of walking you do. This will help to prepare your body for maximum healing.
If you smoke, you should aim to stop the habit at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking greatly increases the risk of complications occurring during the procedure.
Improve your diet
This is not to say that you should begin a faddy food regime and cut out all of the food groups. Instead, focus on eating plenty of healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables which will give your body all of the nutrients it needs to aid with the healing process.
Make arrangements for post-surgery
It’s never too soon to start thinking of what will happen after the operation. Make plans for someone to drive you to and from the operation. You could also arrange for someone to help you around the house, run daily errands for you, and help with changing your dressings once you return home from having the operation.
Get your hands on new dressings, gauze, vitamin C, arnica, and any other creams or moisturizers recommended by your doctor.
It’s likely that you’ll be off your feet and ordered to rest for a few weeks at least after the surgery. That’s why it is important that you stock up on all of the things you are going to need in order to change your dressings and speed up the healing process.
It’s perfectly normal to be anxious a few days leading up to the surgery, which is why it is vital that you try to rest your mind and your body. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep prior to the day of the operation to help ease your mind.
By taking the above preparatory steps before you go under the knife will help you to feel more relaxed and prepared for surgery, knowing that you’ve done everything in your power to prepare. What’s more, by ensuring you prepare in advance, you will help the operation to run as smoothly as possible and boost your chances of a fast recovery time post-surgery.