What you do in the weeks leading up to your plastic surgery procedure can affect how you recover and the type of results you see. To optimize your experience and help you get the most out of your plastic surgery, Dr. Ary Krau has a few tips to help you prepare. Read on as he shares a short guide to plastic surgery prep.
Medications and Supplements
Dr. Krau will provide you with a complete list of medications, vitamins and supplements to avoid in the two to four weeks leading up to your surgery. You will be asked to discontinue the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), vitamin E and herbal supplements known to increase bleeding and other surgical risks. Tylenol can be taken for headaches.
If you have questions about medications you take to control any pre-existing health conditions, do not hesitate to ask Dr. Krau for clarification.
Healthy Diet and Exercise
Healthy patients heal better after plastic surgery. By taking care of yourself with the proper diet and exercise, you increase your chances of a speedy, smooth recovery.
Starting a few weeks before your surgery, pay attention to what you eat. A great diet will put you in good shape for an optimal recovery and the best possible outcomes. Avoid aggressively dieting and focus on fueling your body with good nutrition, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Stay well-hydrated.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during the pre-operative period. Stop smoking for two weeks prior to surgery and avoid alcohol for at least three days before your surgery (one week is optimal).
Exercising prior to plastic surgery makes your body strong and resilient. It also helps keep your weight stable, which is important to your ultimate outcome. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week.
Another important part of the pre-operative period is preparing your mind for surgery. Don’t over-think things: keep a calm perspective and a positive outlook. Minimize unnecessary stress in whatever way feels natural to you: deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation or exercise.
Do your homework on your planned procedure, but do not scare yourself by googling plastic surgery horror stories on the Internet. Talk to supportive friends and family members, but do not allow anyone’s negative opinion to sour your outlook. If you have questions about your upcoming procedure, reach out to our team. We are here to educate you and help you feel prepared and calm about your upcoming treatment.
Contact Dr. Ary Krau
For more information about preparing for plastic surgery, Dr. Krau is only a phone call or email away. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals!