We’re back with “Big Decisions: Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?” at Carolina’s Center for Plastic Surgery. Last week, we talked about one of the biggest questions people have about plastic surgery: “What is my consult going to be like?”
Before that hot topic, we shared tips for conducting extensive and quality research. And in our prior (and first ever) installment, we defined plastic surgery and its possible benefits and consequences.
This week, we’re going to share some vital info: what you need to do (and what you might not want to do) in the days and weeks leading up to your cosmetic surgery, so you can be fully prepared and ready on the day of surgery.
Prepare For Your Surgery Date in Morehead City and Jacksonville
Two Weeks Before Your Procedure
- Stop taking Aspirin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. These types of medications are “blood thinners” and can make it harder for blood to clot, which may cause more bleeding during and after surgery.
- Increase your recovery success and wound healing rate by up to 50 percent by stopping one bad habit: smokers are asked to stop smoking for the two weeks before and the two weeks after cosmetic plastic surgery.
- Confirm your ride to your appointment, and your companion for at least the first night after surgery.
- Get your Netflix queue ready to go, and find books you’d like to read during your recovery period. The best way to avoid boredom is to be prepared with low-energy activities to keep you occupied.
One Week Before Your Procedure
- Tie up loose ends at work. Get ahead on work for the days you’ll miss during your recovery, remind your boss and coworkers of your upcoming absence, and prepare anyone who may be covering for you in your absence.
Three Days Before Your Procedure
- Run errands. Stop by the grocery store for essentials (and food and drink that will be easy on your stomach), hit up the pharmacy to fill prescriptions, and pick up your dry cleaning.
- Do household chores like laundry, routine cleaning, washing dishes, and cleaning up your pet’s area (if you have a pet).
Next Week: The Recovery Process
Now you’re prepared for you procedure — so relax and let the professionals at Carolina’s Center for Plastic Surgery take care of you. Thanks for reading, and check back next week to learn about the cosmetic surgery recovery process in our “Big Decisions” series.