Having facial plastic surgery to correct a bothersome trait or minimize the signs of aging is usually a life-altering and positive experience. Before undergoing surgery, patients must prepare their bodies (and minds) for the operation and recovery. This reduces some of the risks of surgery and makes the recovery process go more smoothly.
Here, Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter of Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery shares several lifestyle changes to make prior to surgery.
Smoking is always terrible for your health, but especially as you prepare for plastic surgery. It floods the body with toxic chemicals and robs the blood of oxygen needed to support the body’s healing processes. Smoking can also constrict the blood vessels, making it difficult for them to deliver blood to the healing tissues. And, smoking raises the risk of post-operative complications. If you smoke, commit to quitting for several weeks prior to surgery, and try to avoid picking the habit back up after surgery.
Fuel Your Body Properly
Following a good diet, exercising and getting enough sleep puts your body in prime position to heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. Fuel your body with nutritious foods high in antioxidants and vitamins; the right diet builds up your immune system to reduce the risk of infection. Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and promote good blood circulation. Exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Minimize Stress Levels
Reducing stress is important, because stress hormones can negatively affect your immune system. Practice deep breathing and positive visualization. If you feel nervous or anxious about an aspect of your upcoming treatment, talk to Dr. Porter. She can put you at ease as you prepare for your operation.
Re-evaluate Your Medications and Vitamins
There are certain medications and vitamins you need to abstain from in the weeks leading up to surgery. Aspirin and other anticoagulants (blood thinners), including Vitamin E and ginkgo biloba, can affect your body’s blood clotting abilities. Alcohol thins the blood, too, and can cause excess bleeding. Other drugs may react with anesthesia used during surgery, or with the medications prescribed after surgery.
Dr. Porter will provide a detailed list of medications, vitamins and supplements to avoid, as well as a timeline for stopping these medications. In the case of drugs like aspirin, she can recommend safe alternatives.
Contact Dr. Porter Today
Want more tips for preparing for surgery? Have a question about the instructions you have received? Contact Dr. Porter’s office today by calling (301) 652-8191.
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