Preparing for Your Cosmetic Surgery

Once you’ve decided to get a cosmetic surgery procedure, what you do in the two weeks leading up to your surgery can really make a difference. I talked to friends who had had one or all of the procedures to get their input. I read numerous Web sites, blogs and other resources. And I got great advice from the nurses at Dermess and Marvel Cosmetic Surgery. Some good rules of thumb:

Scheduling Your Surgery

When you schedule your surgery, be sure you understood what your recovery will look like so you can schedule the right amount of downtime.

Two Weeks Out

  1. If you smoke (does anyone smoke anymore – or admit to it?), stop. Not only is smoking dehydrating, it actually decreases blood flow and impairs healing. If blood is not getting to your incision, then you are not getting the oxygen and vital nutrients that allow healing to occur.
  2. Stop taking any over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These drugs act as anticoagulants and can increase bleeding. Take acetaminophen if you need a pain reliever. If you take a prescription anticoagulant, ask Dr. Marvel or the staff what you should do. Discuss any other drugs you may take regularly.
  3. Stop taking any Omega 3 (fish oil) and Omega 6 (flax oil), or any other herbs or supplements that can act as anticoagulants.

One Week Out

  1. Stop drinking alcohol, which causes flushing of your skin, but does not improve circulation. It may also cause bleeding.
  2. Start taking arnica montana – a homeopathic formulation that helps prevent bruising and swelling – twice a day. You can purchase a convenient blister pack at any of the Marvel Cosmetic Surgery/Dermess locations.
  3. Drink plenty of water, to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  4. Find out how long your procedure will take and plan accordingly.

 Day Before Your Procedure

  1. If you’re going to receive any anesthesia before your procedure, don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the evening before.
  2. Confirm your ride to and from your appointment.

Next up…The Day of Your Procedure