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Top Tips for Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery

There are so many things to do before your big day comes. What do you need on hand for faster recovery? Who will take care of your kids? What can and can you not eat?

Usually, you will have a one or two preoperative visits with your surgeon prior to the operation, to talk about any last-minute details. This is also a time for you to ask any questions you might have on the surgery and the related risks and costs. Your surgeon can also provide advice on how to ease your pre-surgery anxiety too.

On top of that, you may have to get some lab work — including a complete blood count — prior to the procedure. These tests help make sure that you are healthy enough for the surgery. Your surgeon should provide an information packet as well, and it should include everything you have to do and know prior to your surgery date. The packet must also include a list of medications that you are to avoid up to two weeks before and after your procedure. Included in this list is probably aspirin, as well as other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, which makes you more likely to bleed.
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Your surgeon may inform you of the benefits of homeopathic solutions like bromelain and Arnica montana, both of which help ease the bruising and swelling. These have to be taken before surgery for optimal effects.
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If you smoke, you have to stop for no less than two weeks prior to and after the surgery date. Smoking can impede circulation and therefore delay the healing of the wound. With your surgeon, talk about the most effective ways of junking the habit for good.

Preparing for your recovery will help things go more smoothly.

Here are a few suggestions:

> Have your house cleaned before the surgery.

> Use a nightlight so it’s easy to find your way to the bathroom at night.

> Have some recovery food items stocked, like prepared meals, gelatin, pudding or other soft, foods, if you will be unable to eat normally after surgery.

> Your bed should be set up with plenty of pillows to elevate your head.

> Have someone care for your child or pet at the initial recovery phase.

> Buy all of your medicines and dressings before the surgery, including antibacterial soap, antibiotics, a thermometer, and bags of frozen peas to help ease the swelling.

> Organize all medications in a labeled container, marked with times when they have to be taken.

> Keep your medications nearby.

While recovering, have the following on your nightstand during recovery:

> Bottled water

> Biscuits (low sodium)

> Meds

> A remote control (and new batteries)

> Your phone, fully charged

Night Prior to Surgery

If you feel kind of jittery, try to relax and indulge in some “me time.” Put on your favorite CD. Light up an aromatic candle (lavender is great). Give your hair a good wash and remove your fingernail and toenail polish. Now sleep like a baby.