Properly preparing for your plastic surgery procedure is key to ensuring you have the best possible surgical experience, with great results and the lowest risk of complications possible.
While each procedure has it’s own pre-operative instructions, here are some general guidelines that apply to most surgeries. Please keep in mind that this page is intended only to help prospective patients better understand what they can expect before committing to surgery. This information should not replace the pre-operative instructions given to you during your consultation with Dr Anh, or any other plastic surgeon.
Preparing for surgery
Smoking is one of the single biggest predictors of post-operative complications. Smokers are more prone to wound breakdowns, and generally heal slower than their non-smoking counterparts. For this reason, you should quit smoking from at least six to eight weeks before surgery until six to eight weeks after surgery.
Adjust your medications
Certain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can interfere with normal blood clotting and prolong healing. Before undergoing surgery, you should speak with your doctor about any and all mediations you are taking so they can adjust your dose or recommend alternatives.
Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital
Plastic surgery is almost always performed under general anaesthesia, after which you will not be able to drive. Prior to surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. You may also need them to stay with you at home for the first few days to help you with daily tasks.
Take care of any errands
Undergoing surgery can be both mentally and physically exhausting, and it is likely that you will want to stay home and rest for at least the first few days following. Ensure that you are prepared beforehand by taking care of any necessary errands, for example filling in prescriptions and going grocery shopping.
Prepare your recovery space
Depending on the procedure, your recovery could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. You’ll want to be comfortable while you heal, so we recommend preparing a cosy space ahead of time. Gather plenty of pillows to keep you upright, and find a bunch of books or movies to keep you entertained.
Report any signs of illness
It is important to be healthy on the day of your procedure. If you notice any symptoms of a cold or other illness in the days leading up to your surgery, please contact Dr Anh’s friendly surgical team.
Shower as directed
The night before or morning of your procedure, you should take a shower using Chlorhexidine soap, as having clean skin will reduce your risk of infection. You will be contacted by the hospital in the days leading up to the surgery, and they will provide more comprehensive pre-operative wash instructions. You will also be unable to shower after surgery, so ensuring you are clean beforehand is always of benefit. Your nurse will advise you, during your scheduled post-operative appointment, when you are able to resume showering.
Stop eating and drinking
You will need to stop eating or drinking anything, even water, 12 hours before your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase your risk of complications. If you must, you can ingest a small sip of water to take medication. Your fasting time will be clearly marked on your pre-operative instructions
Wear comfortable clothing
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to the hospital. We recommend a button-up shirt, pants that can be easily pulled on and flat, slip-on shoes. Clothes that do not need to be pulled over your head are best.
Remove jewellery and contacts
You should not wear any jewellery, including piercings to your procedure. Contact should also be taken out and glasses worn to the hospital instead.
Do not wear makeup and other products
You should not apply any products to your skin before surgery. This includes makeup, creams, lotions, hair gels and sprays, perfumes and deodorant. You will also need to remove any nail polish and acrylics. Such products will add bacteria to your skin and increase the risk of infection.
Arriving for your procedure
We recommend arriving early for your procedure. Your admission time will be clearly noted on your paperwork and pre-operative forms. Dr Anh will advise you on any forms to bring and what you should pack to bring to the hospital.
Follow Dr Anh’s instructions
Remember that this is just a guideline of pre-operative instructions. In addition to this, it is crucial that you follow any specific instructions that Dr Anh provides.
What is my next step?
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