Whether you’re having breast augmentation, tummy tuck or another cosmetic surgery procedure, careful planning and preparation is key in achieving beautiful and successful results. In this blog post, Dr. Eric Pugash shares his top recommendations on how to prepare for the big day and your recovery.
Smoking is dangerous for both the surgery and recovery period. Smoking constricts the blood vessels and prevents them from delivering blood to the healing tissues. If you smoke, you increase your risk of post-operative complications, such as poor wound healing and bleeding. Make sure to stop smoking at least three weeks prior to surgery.
Get the Right Nutrition
Get your body and mind on tip top form for surgery by eating right. Eating a well-balanced diet can boost your immune system and help with your healing process. Ditch overly processed foods that are high in fat and sugar. Instead opt for lean protein, vegetables and fruit. It’s also wise to avoid sodium, which can increase post-operative swelling and discomfort. Drinking plenty of water before and after surgery is also important as it helps with circulation and flushing out toxins from the body.
Stop Taking Certain Medications and Supplements
Certain medications and supplements can hinder your healing process. Anti-inflammatory medications may thin your blood and increase your risk of bleeding during and after surgery. They may also interfere with other medications that you will need to take after surgery. Before your surgery, Dr. Pugash will give you a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid. You will need to stop taking these medications for two weeks prior to surgery.
Plan Ahead for Your Recovery
Once you return home after your procedure, you will likely be groggy from anesthesia and low on energy. Because of this, it’s important to prepare your house before your surgery day. Place fluffy pillows on your bed (or couch) and plastic sheeting or old bed linens over your bed if you anticipate having fluid drainage. Set aside loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Stock up on healthy foods that are easy to make, like hearty soups, as well as plenty of water.
Learn More from Dr. Pugash
To obtain further information about pre- and post-op surgery care, or about a specific plastic surgery procedure, contact Dr. Pugash today. Please call (604) 522-5199.