So you’re scheduled for a breast augmentation, tummy tuck or other surgical procedure. The date draws nearer – and you notice that you’re feeling a little apprehensive.
Being nervous in the lead-up to a plastic surgery procedure is completely normal. We know that it’s a step into the unknown.
The good news is that all of this can be managed with the right preparation!
Taking the right steps to prepare doesn’t just insulate you against seemingly unexpected health issues – it can also speed up your post-surgery recovery too.
So how should you be preparing for your upcoming plastic surgery procedure? Read on to learn exactly what you can do to ensure you’re rested, healthy, and in the best possible condition for surgery!
Plastic surgery preparation: what should you be doing?
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we recommend preparing from the moment you wrap up your first appointment.
That way, by the time your procedure rolls around, you’ll be in a position to:
- Undergo the procedure without complications
- Enjoy an efficient and safe recovery
- Achieve good results
It’s simple, really: healthy bodies recover faster!
In the lead-up to your procedure, it’s important that you take efforts to make yourself as healthy as possible. This boosts your immune system, which may speed up recovery.
In the lead-up to your procedure, your plastic surgeon will provide advice and help craft a preparation plan.
In addition to following your doctor’s specific orders however, you can also prepare by…
1) Get plenty of rest
Your first thought might be exercise and diet – however, sleep is equally important when it comes to your health. Sleep deprivation is linked to:
Weeks and days before your surgery, be sure to get good sleep. That means getting at least 7-8 hours of good-quality sleep per night.
Not only is this crucial for your recovery, but it’s good advice in general!
2) Get your diet in order
Processed foods are full of all sorts of nasties like preservatives and salt – both of which may even promote inflammation, impacting your recovery!
What you’ll want to do instead is fill your diet with protein-rich foods such as fish, beans, legumes, poultry, and meat. This can restore blood vessels and tissues, accelerating healing after your surgery.
That’s because their high-protein content help repair injured tissues and promotes the creation of cells required for healing.
You should also increase how many fresh fruits and veggies you’re eating. These are rich in Vitamin C, which can increase the level of the wound healing process respectively.
Omega-3 rich food like sardines, tuna, chia seeds, and olive oil are also a great choice, as they have anti-inflammatory agents helpful for you during and after the surgery.
3) Maintain a healthy weight before the surgery
Months before your scheduled surgery, you’ll want to get down to a healthy weight.
This dramatically reduces the chances of weight-related complications.
In particular, some plastic surgery procedures require patients to undergo general anaesthetic. Obesity affects breathing, and can make it harder to determine the right dosage of anaesthetic.
It’s important to note that a crash diet is not the answer – while you may be tempted to go on a fad diet, this can make things worse!
Improve your weight healthily and gradually through positive changes to your diet and a consistent exercise routine.
4) Stay hydrated before the procedure
They say the average person requires 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
In the weeks leading up to your surgery, you’ll want to drink lots of water. Water ensures you’re well-hydrated and helps to flush any unwanted toxins from your body.
5) Eliminate sugar, salt, alcohol and caffeine
This should go without saying!
As much as possible, try to eliminate your intake of alcohol, sugary and salty foods. Just like highly processed food, these promote inflammation and can weaken your immune system.
If you are a coffee drinker, weeks before the surgery, train yourself to lessen your regular caffeine intake.
Coffee substitutes that taste like coffee (but without the caffeine) can help you overcome your caffeine withdrawals as you near your surgery date.
6) Avoid aspirin
You’ll want to avoid taking medications that contain aspirin in the two to three weeks leading up to your surgery.
This is because aspirin is a blood thinner, and in some cases promotes the flow of blood – not something you want happening during your operation.
We suggest consulting first with your surgeon or GP about which medications are appropriate to take before your surgery.
7) Build a support system
A crucial part of your preparation is having a support system of friends and family members.
In addition to providing emotional support and helping you mentally prepare for your procedure, a good support network also has practical uses.
For example, you may find yourself laid up for a brief period following your surgery. A good support network helps you can make arrangements for post-surgery considerations such as:
- Chores and housework
- Looking after your kids
- Doing groceries
After all, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to do these things yourself!
Make sure you have people in your support system who can assist you going to the clinic.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help looking after your kids or other household chores – this will help you lessen any stress that it might face following your procedure, allowing you to focus on recovery.
Choose an experienced plastic surgeon in Cairns
Meet Dr Isolde Hertess and the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery!
At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we make it our goal to ensure your experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Dr Hertess and her team offer a unique patient-first approach.
For women in Cairns and the surrounds, that means a uniquely caring and encouraging approach not just to your surgery, but towards preparation and recovery too.
Book a free and no-strings session with one of our nurses at Cairns. Our reliable team will help you better understand what you ought to expect and discuss your needs and enquiries right from the start.