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When planning for plastic surgery, you should take a few critical steps starting six weeks before your operation, whether body contouring or facial enhancement. These steps will help your surgeon perform the surgery safely and improve your ability to recover from your cosmetic procedure.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
Reduce Caffeine Intake
Check Your Vitamins and Supplements
Make a Recovery Plan
1. Stop Smoking
The most important step you can take when preparing for any surgery is to stop smoking. Patients who have smoked (even once) leading up to their operation have significantly higher risks during and after their procedure.
Nicotine restricts blood flow and prevents oxygen from getting to cells, which can cause serious complications.
Therefore, patients should stop smoking before surgery and stay away from cigarettes until their recovery is complete. Some side effects associated with smoking before surgery include:
- Heart attack
- Tissue necrosis and gangrene
- Poor wound healing
- Increased risk of complications related to anesthesia
- Increased risk of extensive scarring
If patients refrain from smoking within six weeks of their operation, these risks and more can be significantly reduced.
2. Stop Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol is not as dangerous as nicotine but can still contribute to several complications if consumed within two weeks of an operation. Alcohol acts as a blood thinner, increasing the risk of excess bleeding during surgery. It can also inhibit the body’s ability to heal. Patients should stop drinking alcohol for at least two weeks before surgery.
3. Reduce Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is one of the most commonly consumed drugs in America today, and a large part of that is because it is not seen as a drug. However, regardless of the wide acceptance of coffee and energy drinks, caffeine is still a substance that can significantly affect the body.
Caffeine can cause complications during surgery if a patient has high levels in their bloodstream. This is because caffeine can raise the heart rate and blood pressure.
Small amounts of caffeine may assist patients with recovery. However, large amounts (more than two cups per day in the week leading up to the surgery) can increase your risk of complications.
We suggest that if your daily caffeine intake is high, lower it over time. Our general guideline is a maximum of two cups of coffee per day by a week before your surgery. We also recommend maintaining that level of caffeine consumption for at least a week or two following surgery.
These guidelines may change depending on your physical condition and your chosen procedure.
4. Check Your Vitamins and Supplements
One of the greatest risk factors during surgery is an unexpected and adverse reaction between medication used for the surgery and medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements a patient has in their system.
These complications can range from minor annoyances up to potentially deadly complications.
To avoid these risks, patients planning for cosmetic surgery should get all of their medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements cleared by their surgeon at least two weeks before surgery.
Some patients may need to stop taking certain medications before surgery. If this is the case, you should consult your primary care physician to ensure that stopping an existing medication regime is safe for you.
5. Make a Recovery Plan
It is best to prepare ahead of time for your recovery. This will change depending on the type of surgical procedure you are undergoing. If you are planning for breast augmentation with implants, you can find more information on planning for breast augmentation on our blog.
If you are planning for tummy tuck surgery, consider a plan for an extended recovery period. If you are planning for liposuction, consider the areas you are targeting when preparing for your recovery. It is usually a good idea to recover in a way that reduces stress and tension on your incision locations.
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Are you interested in learning more about how to prepare for plastic surgery? Contact us at 909-291-4900 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andreasen or another member of our surgical practice.
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With the holidays around the corner, everyone is getting ready to wrap up the year and looking toward their future plans. However, the year isn’t over yet, and there’s still plenty of time to get a few more errands done this year. Many people may not realize it, but getting plastic surgery during the holiday season can be beneficial for patients interested in enhancing their overall appearance.
1. More Comfortable Recovery
Firstly, colder weather makes for a more comfortable recovery compared to warmer months. Many surgeries require the patient to stay indoors and recover for several days to weeks post-procedure. During the hot summer days, this can feel incredibly difficult, especially for individuals who are used to being very active.
Recovery is an essential part of plastic surgery, and a cold, dreary winter makes it easy to stay indoors and follow your doctor’s instructions.
2. You May Already Have Time Off
Many of us have an allotted amount of vacation days we get per year. Many workplaces don’t allow for these days to be carried over to the next year, so it’s a use-them-or-lose-them situation. You can book your surgery while you still have some vacation days to use before the end of the year. This allows you to make the most out of those vacation days while you still can.
Also, some employers give more days off during the holiday season, so why take additional days at another time when you may already have some days given to you?
3. Summer Prep
It’s inevitable: the holiday season ends, January begins, and people start to worry about their summer bodies. You can get a head start on everyone else and be ahead of the game. By getting your plastic surgery in the winter, you will be ready to show off your new beach body once summer comes around.
4. Gift Giving Season
Lastly, if you know someone unhappy with their appearance, consider giving them the gift of plastic surgery. Note that this shouldn’t be a total surprise and works best if the person has expressed a desire to get the procedure done. You can surprise them with a prepaid appointment with a local, qualified plastic surgeon.
Popular Procedures for the Holidays
Some of the most popular procedures during the holidays include:
Liposuction is an excellent procedure to get rid of excess fat and loose skin on the body. It also requires up to one to two weeks of recovery time, making it perfect for the holiday season.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery can help to reshape and define the abdomen area. This procedure takes at least one to two weeks (if not more) of recovery as well.
Breast augmentation will also require several days off for recovery, so the holidays are a perfect time to book the procedure.
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Book your consultation with Dr. Troy Andreasen today by calling (909) 291-4900 or filling out our online contact form.
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Body contouring consists of a series of surgical procedures that produce results difficult or impossible to achieve without surgical intervention. These procedures remove unwanted skin and fat and tighten areas of lax skin and muscle.
Unlike diet and exercise, these procedures offer direct intervention by removing unwanted tissue and enhancing what remains. While diet and exercise are essential lifestyle choices, even the most active and healthy person can find themselves struggling with stubborn fat or sagging skin.
Surgical body contouring can roll back the clock and restore the appearance of youth and healthy physiques.
Why Should I Choose Body Contouring?
1. Trims Excess Skin
Loose, hanging skin can develop across the areas in response to aging, pregnancy, and weight loss.
While there are non-surgical treatments that claim to tighten skin, none can physically remove excess skin.
Excess skin may be removed as part of tummy tuck surgery, body lift surgery, or butt lift surgery. These procedures remove hanging flaps of loose skin, removing wrinkles caused by the sagging, and allowing the remaining skin to appear younger and stronger.
Surgery is the only way to remove large amounts of excess skin that may negatively affect a patient’s social life, mental well-being, and physical health.
2. Removes Stubborn Fat Deposits
No matter how much you exercise, there are areas of the body where fat just won’t leave. These fat deposits can cause significant distress to patients who eat healthily, exercise regularly, and do everything right.
Fortunately, liposuction is a common addition to most body contouring operations and removes unwanted fat deposits. Liposuction is not designed to cause significant weight loss, but rather to remove small areas of fat from an otherwise healthy patient.
The fat extracted via liposuction may be used for a fat grafting procedure or may be discarded.
3. Tightens Weakened Abdominal Muscles
Muscle tightening is another element that can only be accomplished via a body contouring procedure.
During periods of excessive weight gain or pregnancy, abdominal muscles can be physically separated. This causes unwanted skin pockets and an abdominal bulge that cannot be tightened without surgery.
If left untreated, the rectus (abdominal) muscles will remain separated for the rest of a patient’s life. Fortunately, a tummy tuck tightens and reknits these separated muscles, restoring strength and tone to the abdomen.
4. Provides More Transformative Results
While non-surgical body contouring can minimize fat pockets and maybe provide some skin tightening, it cannot achieve the same level of skin and fat reduction possible with surgical treatments.
Surgical treatments may be more invasive; however, this invasiveness is needed to manipulate the tissues to create real, lasting results.
It comes down to a choice. Would you rather have minimal downtime and good results, or a slightly longer recovery period but wholly transformative results?
Interested in Learning More?
If you have questions about body contouring surgery, please contact Dr. Andreasen’s office to schedule a consultation by calling us at 909-291-4900 or filling out our online contact form.