The first step for any patient considering undergoing cosmetic surgery to take is to find a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon and set up a consultation. This consultation will usually consist of a physical exam, a review of the patient’s medical history, and a discussion of the procedure to be performed. Once the surgery itself has been scheduled, though, it’s time to begin preparing in earnest.
Make Sure the Doctor Knows About Relevant Medical History
Any patient who is taking supplements or drugs or uses any kind of medical device such as a hearing aid, glasses, or pacemaker needs to take extra caution to make sure his or her surgeon knows about their medical history and current health conditions. This will help the team prepare for the surgery and make appropriate suggestions to the patient regarding eligibility and what steps he or she can take to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Adhere to Medication Instructions
Part of the reason that it’s so important to discuss medications and medical devices with the surgeon prior to the scheduled surgery date is that some medications and supplements, including over the counter drugs and herbal supplements, can thin patients’ blood. These medications must be discontinued prior to the surgery in order to avoid excess bleeding.
Don’t Eat Before Surgery
Most of the time plastic surgeons will recommend that their patients begin abstaining from consuming any food or liquid at midnight on the night before their scheduled procedures. It’s important to adhere to these guidelines, as they are designed to make sure that patients can safely be put under anesthesia.
Wash Skin and Hair
Patients who are preparing to undergo a facelift should wash both their faces and their hair the night before their procedures, then again in the morning before they head to their appointments. Ensuring that the area is clean will help to prevent infection and other complications, so don’t neglect to take this simple, but important, step. Be sure to remove hearing aids, glasses, and other removable medical devices and place them in a safe spot as well.
Make Arrangements for After the Surgery
Patients who are coming out of anesthesia for any reason should not drive immediately following their surgeries. This goes for cosmetic surgery as well as medically necessary procedures. As soon as the surgery date has been scheduled it’s a good idea to start asking around and making arrangements to get a ride home.