Men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles or the proportions of their facial features often consider plastic surgery. Dr. Lloyd Van Wyck is proud to offer a wide range of facial cosmetic surgery procedures to address the signs of aging and other aesthetic issues. During consultations, Dr. Van Wyck provides patients with detailed tips for preparing for plastic surgery.
To receive your personalized tips, schedule a consultation at our Ottawa, ON practice. In the meantime, we've provided some general tips to give you an idea on how to prepare for plastic surgery.
Start Preparing Two to Three Weeks before Surgery
Patients should begin preparing for plastic surgery two to three weeks before surgery. At this time, it's a good idea to discuss any medications, vitamins, or supplements you take with your surgeon to prevent the risk of complications during and after surgery.
Those who smoke should stop smoking as far in advance of surgery as possible and no later than the third week prior to surgery. Smoking inhibits the body's ability to heal and can increase the risk of complications after surgery. Stopping as early as possible allows the body some time to recover from the immediate effects of smoking, which can help in overall recovery after surgery.
About two weeks before surgery is a good time to begin preparing a comfortable area for recovery. When preparing a recovery area, it's a good idea to gather fluffy pillows, healthy snacks, bottles of water, movies, magazines, and comfortable clothing.
Finally, about two to three weeks before surgery, arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. Depending on your procedure, it's often helpful to arrange for a friend or family member stay with you for the first few days of recovery as it may be difficult get around.
Make Further Preparations the Week before Surgery
Taking some time the week before surgery to further prepare is a good way to ensure a comfortable, speedy recovery. The week before surgery should be a time to focus on yourself, starting with getting plenty of rest. Go to bed early throughout the week and practice relaxing activities, like taking peaceful walks, to ease stress and stay well rested.
The week before surgery is also a good time to focus on diet. Staying hydrated is important to cellular health and a speedy recovery. Patients should make a point to drink plenty of water the week before surgery and limit beverages that can cause dehydration, such as coffee, tea, and alcohol. In addition to staying well hydrated, patients should eat a healthy diet of lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce. Foods high in salt should be limited because sodium can increase water retention and swelling after surgery.
Make Final Preparations the Day before Surgery
Patients will be given personalized instructions the day before surgery, such as not eating or drinking after midnight. Some final preparations to make the day before surgery include discussing all medications, vitamins, and supplements you're taking, especially if any changes have been made, with your surgeon.
Final preparations should be made for your recovery area, confirm with your friend or family member the time you need to be taken to your appointment, and do your best to get a good, restful night's sleep.
Schedule a Consultation
For more tips to help you prepare for plastic surgery, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Wyck.