Health Recommendations before Plastic Surgery

What to Avoid before Plastic SurgeryPrior to undergoing plastic surgery, there are a number of health considerations and commitments that patients should make. The best candidates for any surgical procedure are those patients that are in good health; these patients face a significantly reduced risk of developing complications during and after surgery. Even if you are in overall good health, there are habits that could put you at risk of complications or delay your recovery. In this blog post, San Diego plastic surgeon Vince Marin advises patients on the habits they should adopt and avoid in the weeks before their surgical appointments.

Stop Smoking

As if you haven’t heard enough reasons to quit smoking, here is another one. Smoking cigarettes can seriously delay wound healing after surgery and increase your risk of infection and other complications. If you smoke cigarettes regularly or socially, you will need to completely quit four weeks before surgery. If you decide to start smoking again, you should wait another four weeks after surgery to resume the habit.

Stop Taking Certain Medications

Certain medications thin the blood, which can increase your risk of bleeding during and after surgery. When you meet with Dr. Marin for your pre-operative consult, come equipped with a complete list of medications, vitamins, and herbs that you have taken in the past year or so. Dr. Marin will let you know if any of them could interfere with your surgery. Some of the medications you should avoid before surgery include NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E, St. Johns Wort, ginkgo biloba, and ginseng.

Get to a Healthy Weight

Patients should be in good health before any elective surgical procedure. But it is especially important that patients shed any extra weight and be in or close to their ideal shape before undergoing skin tightening surgical procedures such as tummy tuck, arm lift, and thigh lift. During these procedures, excess skin is removed to produce smoother skin contour. If patients lose additional weight after surgery, they may experience additional wrinkling of excess skin.

Consume Less Sodium

Sodium increases inflammation, which can further exacerbate already inflamed skin and tissue after plastic surgery. In the weeks before and after surgery, patients should make an effort to reduce their sodium intake to a level that Dr. Marin finds satisfactory. One of the best ways to limit sodium consumption is to eat a well balanced diet of fresh foods. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins should make up a large portion of your diet.

Don’t Drink Alcohol

Patients should avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in the weeks leading up to surgery. It is best to avoid all alcoholic beverages for at least a week before surgery, and patients definitely should not drink the day before their surgical appointments.

Drink Water

Drink the recommended 64 ounces of water a day before your plastic surgery procedure. Drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated and flush any residual toxins from your system.

Being in excellent health before plastic surgery will promote a speedier recovery and enhance the results of surgery. For additional pre-operative plastic surgery instructions, and to schedule and appointment with Dr. Marin, contact Marin Aesthetics.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!