Patients can have a major impact on the results of their plastic surgery so you want to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Preparation can reduce the chance of complications and make the procedure go more smoothly. Every precaution needs to be taken to minimize any negative reactions.

Prepare For Plastic SurgeryThe preparation process begins three weeks before the surgery. Here are some guidelines to help you get prepared.

Three Weeks Before Plastic Surgery

Stop Smoking. In some cases, smoking may even need to stop earlier. Smoking interferes with healing by constricting blood flow to all areas of the body which could prevent the wound from healing properly.

Stop Drinking. Alcohol causes increased bleeding, increases the chances of infection, depresses immune functions and may interfere with wound healing.

Check Your Medications. Your surgeon’s office needs to check out all medications you take including over the counter and prescribed, plus supplements and vitamins to ensure nothing you are taking will interfere negatively with your surgery.

Watch Your Diet. It is important to eat a healthy diet and to reduce foods which naturally contain salicylates as they affect blood and can cause excessive bruising. Foods containing salicylates that should be reduced from your diet for two to three weeks before and after your surgery are: almonds, apricots, cherries, cucumber, grapefruit, grapes, limes, nectarines, peaches, plums, raisins, and tomatoes.

Two Weeks Before Plastic Surgery

Check Medications Again. What may have been acceptable last week may not be acceptable now. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drugs, blood-thinners and Vitamin E supplements as these products may cause excessive bleeding.

One Week Before Surgery

Reduce Sodium. Sodium increases swelling so reduce it to a minimum in order to minimize discomfort after the procedure.

Get Proper Nutrition and Rest. Have healthy, regular meals which include eating fruits, vegetables and protein with every meal.

Get Prescriptions Filled. And, if instructed by your doctor, buy surgical garments.

Make Arrangements. You will need someone to drive you to and from the operation and stay with you for the first 24 hours. If possible, make arrangements for someone to assist you with changing dressings and help care for incision sites for the 72 hours following surgery. Cook and freeze two weeks worth of meals and have plenty of healthy snack foods on hand. Prepare plenty of ice packs.

Night Before Plastic Surgery

Eat and Drink Nothing after midnight prior to your procedure.

It is normal to be apprehensive before surgery. Try to relax and get a good night sleep. Being prepared and following these guidelines well in advance of your surgery date will help ensure your procedure, as well as your recovery, will go very well.