Lifestyle Changes Before Plastic Surgery Can Improve the Results
By Dr. Fredric Newman on July 21, 2016
Patients who visit our Darien facial cosmetic surgery center know that we take all phases of surgery seriously. This doesn't just mean the surgery itself and the post-op recovery. We also want to make sure patients are prepared for surgery. In essence, proper healing begins a before a surgery is even performed.
Let's look at a few ways that patients can prepare themselves for cosmetic surgery simply by making some lifestyle changes. More detailed pre-op instructions can be provided during the consultation process.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Smoking and chewing tobacco can have plenty of negative effects on your health and wellness. One of the major issues with smoking is that it can make recovery times longer after surgery, and it can lead to poor wound healing and an increased risk of infection. If you smoke or use any tobacco products, be sure to refrain from this bad habit for a few weeks before and a few weeks after surgery.
Refrain from Alcoholic Beverages
A drink every now and then can be great to unwind, but it can actually take a toll on the body if you're healing from surgery. Like tobacco, alcohol can affect healing times and healing efficiency. Be sure to avoid alcoholic beverages for a few weeks before surgery and a few weeks after surgery just to make sure you heal properly.
Exercise for General Wellness
Exercise is extremely important for proper healing and general wellness. Get your blood circulating and body moving ahead of surgery so you are healthy as you heal. Even low-impact aerobics and simple calisthenics can make a major difference in terms of mild weight loss and good overall condition.
Eat Healthy and Eat Right
You are what you eat, and what you eat can make a major difference when it comes to general health and your ability to heal quickly and properly. Make sure that your diet is low in fat and sugar, high on fiber and rich in nutrients, and consists of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid Certain Medications
Aspirin can thin the blood, which is great for some heart patients but bad for surgery. Thinning blood can lead to issues with people healing at incision sites, and could pose a risk for post-surgical bleeding. Be sure to avoid taking aspirin leading into your surgery. Other medications that thin the blood or that could pose an issue to recovery can also be discussed during the consultation.
Prepare Yourself Mentally for Surgery
Just as important as these various ways to improve your physical well-being going into surgery, your mental and emotional well-being should be taken into account as well. As you head into surgery, be sure to discuss your concerns with the team at our practice. We can answer questions and empower you with information to allay any anxieties. Similarly, be open with friends and family about your concerns. Having their support before and after surgery is crucial for you to feel great in the long run.
Contact an Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon
For more information about preparing for a surgical procedure and how we can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. We look forward to your visit to our practice.
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