How to Prevent Plastic Surgery Accidents

Making the decision to have plastic surgery is an empowering one. This choice can boost your confidence and help you present your best face to the world. There are some things you can do to ensure that you undergo a procedure without issues.

First, are you a good candidate for cosmetic surgery? If you have realistic expectations, you may be. There are lots of things to take into account when considering plastic surgery, including knowing the medical risks and what will happen physically during the recovery process as well as your limitations during this time of healing. Do you have chronic medical conditions? Now is the time to make sure that any conditions are being treated and are in a good place for you to go through surgery. 

One of the best ways to lessen the risk of a negative outcome is to select the surgeon to perform your procedure carefully. Narrow down your search for a plastic surgeon, checking their credentials with a sharp eye, including their education, medical degrees, board-certifications, patient reviews and hospital affiliations. Schedule a consultation to meet with the plastic surgeon. Don’t be shy and ask questions. This is the time to understand their qualifications. Ask how many procedures he or she has done similar to the one that you are considering and what other healthcare professionals may be involved in your care.  Find out if there are any risks unique to your health history.

What can you do to ensure that you are in top form and ready for a plastic surgery procedure?  See your primary doctor for a physical exam to clear you. Try to schedule this at least a month before your surgical date, which will help to minimize the risk of potential complications. 

Set up your social network to help you during recovery. Enlist a friend or family member to take you for the procedure and take you home. Make sure to stock the freezer with meals made ahead of time so that you won’t have to spend time on your feet cooking while you heal. Stock your bedside table or comfy living room couch with entertainment necessities like books, movies, medications, and cell phone chargers so you can relax and give your body a chance to heal. Understand that you won’t be able to do everything that you normally do so alert friends and family that you’ll need their help and use it!

Do you smoke? Quit now. You’ll need to stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to the procedure. Many plastic surgeons will not perform procedures on patients who don’t stop smoking before surgery as it can lead to infection and decreases blood flow which can result in a heart attack or stroke. Stop taking any aspirin products two weeks before since they are a blood thinner and can cause excessive bleeding. Don’t drink any alcohol for 72 hours before the day of surgery as it can have a negative impact on your immune system.

In the two weeks prior to surgery, increase your intake of water to keep hydrated. Increase physical activity to lessen the chance of complications. Avoid processed foods to keep the sodium level low as excess sodium exacerbates swelling. Eat a healthy diet of lean meats and fish, lots of whole grains and vegetables as well as fiber. This will give your immune system a boost, promote digestive health and avoid constipation, which can cause complications.

Call 646.362.5245 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Levine who is double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Her philosophy of “Believable Beauty” is used to enhance her patients’ appearance. See how it can make you look and feel!

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