How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

Regardless of the procedure, preparation is the key to having a successful outcome from your cosmetic surgery. In addition to preparing your body for the procedure, it is very important that you also prepare your mind. It is vital that you go into your cosmetic procedure fully understanding the ramifications and making sure it is really what you want. I advise patients to wait a period time after your initial decision to ensure that you are mentally committed to undergoing the cosmetic procedure.

After you are sure of your desired procedure or treatment, it is extremely important that you educate yourself. By educating yourself you are better able to be aware of any potential risks or complications and to understand realistic aesthetic outcomes. It is helpful to go into your initial consultation having a general overview of the procedure, what the procedure entails, and what the recovery process may be like.

Your consultation is a great time to ask any additional questions, clarify any information, and understand how the procedure will be performed and what the recovery process will necessitate. Preparing yourself mentally will allow you to feel less stressed and nervous the day of the procedure, allowing you to have a more peaceful procedure and recovery.

In addition to mentally preparing yourself, it is important to also prepare your body. Many procedures, especially those like tummy tuck and liposuction, tend to yield better results when your weight is well maintained and you are as close as possible to within 15-20 lbs your goal weight. Being very overweight will potentially prolong the time to heal and increase the risks of surgery.

Properly preparing your body for your cosmetic procedure also requires you to be eating healthy and exercising. You may be advised to take a multivitamin. You will also be asked to discontinue aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Fish oil, Vitamin E and all medications or supplements that may “thin” the blood 2 weeks prior to surgery. It is essential to stop smoking if you are a smoker. Smoking not only puts you at a much higher risk of complications from anesthesia, it also delays your recovery.

Through proper planning and preparation of both the mind and body, you are increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

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