Top Tips for Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery


There are several things to do your big day comes near. What are the things you should have on hand for a hasty recovery? Who will be watching watch your kids? What can you eat?


Usually, you will have a one or two preoperative visits with your surgeon prior to the operation, to talk about any last-minute details. This is also a time when you could ask those lingering questions about the surgery and the associated risks and costs. Your liposuction Manhattan surgeon may give you advice on how to relax before the surgery as well.


Additionally, you might require some lab work -- including a complete blood count -- before the procedure. These tests will help confirm that you are healthy enough to have your surgery. Your surgeon should provide an information packet as well, and it should include everything you have to do and know prior to your surgery date. The packet must also include a list of medications that you are to avoid up to two weeks before and after your procedure. This list will probably include aspirin and other NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, which can increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery.


Your surgeon may inform you of the benefits of homeopathic solutions like bromelain and Arnica montana, both of which help ease the bruising and swelling. These are supposed to be taken prior to surgery to maximize their effects.


If you smoke, you have to stop for no less than two weeks prior to and after the surgery date. Smoking slows down circulation and thus, wound healing. Discuss with your Manhattan plastic surgeon the best ways to quit the habit for good.


It's important to prepare for your recovery to make things go a lot smoother.


Here are some suggestions:


> Have your house cleaned before the surgery.


> Plug in a nightlight to make it easier for you to go to the bathroom at night.


> Store some recovery food items, like frozen or prepared meals, gelatin or other soft foods, if your surgery affects how you eat.


> Get your bed set up with lots of pillows for elevating your head.


> Get someone to care for your child or pet care during the first few days or weeks of your recovery.


> Get all of your medications and dressings ready even before you're the surgery, including antibiotics, a thermometer,  frozen peas or berries to help manage the swelling.


> Put your medications in a weekly pill case or a labeled container marked with when they have to be taken.


Place your medications nearby.


On your nightstand while you're recovering, it is recommended that you keep:


> Bottled water


> Low-salt biscuits


> Your medicines


> A remote control with fresh batteries)


> Your cellphone, fully charged


On the Night Before Surgery


If you feel kind of jittery, try to relax and indulge in some "me time." Play your favorite music. Get some aromatic candles lit up. Wash your hair and remove all nail polish on your fingers and toes. Lastly, work yourself down to a good night's sleep.