How to Prepare for Your Plastic Surgery Procedure
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Memorial Plastic Surgery offers patients in Houston, Texas a range of plastic surgery options to help them achieve their best self and restore their confidence. But the preparation for surgery – no matter what type of procedure it is – can be overwhelming and sometimes even scary.
It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious when you are planning plastic surgery. That’s why it’s important to prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Your health in the weeks leading up to surgery will play a crucial role in how the end result will look as your body heals during the recovery period after surgery.
Consider these tips to ensure you are prepared for your procedure so you can fully experience the satisfying and life-changing results of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate for Plastic Surgery?
The ideal candidates for plastic surgery are generally in good health, maintain a stable weight, and have realistic and reasonable expectations of their final results. Our doctors recommend that every patient learns about the risks before undergoing surgery, as every procedure carries potential complications.
Patients with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease may be less optimal candidates for plastic surgery due to the increased risks they carry. This can lead to complications during and after surgery, compromising the ability to achieve the best results.
Whether you are a candidate for surgery will be determined during your initial consultation with our surgeons, which we require before any procedure to determine the right treatment for their goals and to assess their health and readiness for it.
How Can I Find the Right Plastic Surgeon?
The most important decision you need to make before your surgery is choosing the right surgeon. Many doctors today can legally perform cosmetic surgery and call themselves plastic surgeons, but may not have the necessary formal training, experience, and credentials.
This is why choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is of utmost importance to ensure that you receive care from a well-trained and qualified physician who has performed the procedure for several years on different patients and using different techniques to achieve the best results.
How Can I Prepare for My Initial Consultation?
During your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and expected outcome from the procedure with your surgeon. This will include a detailed discussion about your lifestyle and health, as this will help them determine the right treatment plan for you.
While it is important that you go into the consultation with an open mind and realistic expectations about your results, it is strongly recommended that you do your own research prior to the consultation.
Take the time to study your doctor’s credentials and experience, as well as his or her experience performing your chosen procedure. Go into the consultation as informed as possible, and do not be afraid to ask your surgeon the following questions to determine if they can expertly achieve the results you desire:
- Are you board-certified?
- What procedure do you recommend based on my aesthetic needs and physical health?
- How often do you perform my chosen surgical procedure?
- Am I in good physical health to undergo this procedure?
- Where will you perform the procedure?
- Will my procedure require anesthesia?
- Who are the other members of your surgical team?
- What will happen if a serious complication arises during the procedure?
- What can I expect on the day of the procedure?
- Do you have before and after photos I can review?
- Do you have patient testimonials I can review?
What Should I Avoid Before My Surgery?
Plastic surgery has the potential to change your life for the better, but you’ll need to do your part to make sure the procedure is a success. There are several things to avoid to ensure a successful, stress-free surgery and recovery.
For many patients, surgery serves as an opportunity to start over with a healthy cleanse and detox. Detoxing before surgery can help break down the anesthesia during surgery. Meanwhile, eating more fiber and protein and avoiding processed junk foods promotes wound healing and can help maximize the end result.
It is important to tell your doctor during your consultation what medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking. Some medications may affect bleeding or interfere with other medications taken during surgery.
The most commonly prescribed medications are anti-nausea agents, antibiotics, and pain relievers. These medications help relieve the pain and nausea associated with surgery.
It is important to take any medications prescribed to you after surgery and discontinue them as soon as possible to prevent addiction and side effects. Short-term antibiotics should be completed to avoid infection.
We recommend abstaining from alcohol and smoking at least a month prior to your procedure to promote healing. Failure to do so may result in poor wound healing, which will compromise your final results.
It is normal to feel anxious in the days leading up to surgery and especially on the day of the surgery itself. By spending a lot of time learning about the procedure and asking your surgeon about all the important details of the surgical process, you will feel more prepared on the day itself. You will also feel more confident when you go with a plastic surgeon you trust, knowing that they fully understand your goals and desires and have created a treatment plan for you that has your best interests in mind.
What Can I Expect During the Surgery?
On the morning of your surgery, you will meet your surgeon early for final reminders with your doctor. This will allow you to address any last-minute questions or concerns before you proceed with surgery. Once the incision marks are drawn on your body, you will be taken to the operating room where an anesthesiologist will administer your chosen anesthesia. Once you are comfortably sedated, the surgery will begin as planned.
After the procedure, a surgical dressing and compression garment will be placed over the surgical site. You will be able to go home after being cleared by your doctor and will be given post-operative care instructions to help you recover. Follow-up visits will also be scheduled.
*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.