The weeks and months running up to any cosmetic surgical procedure can be rather daunting to say the least, particularly if this is your first time undergoing such surgery. It doesn’t matter whether you are heading toward the very best liposuction treatments Harley street London has to offer or simply to a local clinic for a tiny skin correction, there will always be plenty of nerves involved and questions when it comes to preparation.
Of course, it should come as no surprise to learn that the exact preparatory steps involved with any given cosmetic treatment will be determined by the nature of the treatment itself and the current health and a general condition of the patient. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that various lifestyle changes may be recommended by the surgeon and when such changes are recommended, they should be considered as mandatory. After all, the better prepared you and your body are for the surgery, the better the results to follow.
So with this in mind, what follows is a quick introduction to just a few of the most common preparatory measures you may be advised of prior to going ahead with the surgical procedure:
1 – A Specific Diet or Healthy Eating Regime
First up, as it is important to get your body in shape for the procedure, the surgeon may advise that you follow a very specific diet or some kind of healthy eating regime in the run-up to the surgery. This is likely to become much more specific and intensive in the final days running up to the procedure during which time there will probably be certain things you are advised to eat and not eat, while there may also be the likelihood of being advised not to eat at all a day before the surgery. If at any time you are unsure, just ask your surgeon.
2 – Cessation of Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use
Regardless of what it is you are planning to have done, habits like smoking, drinking and recreational drug use will all have a detrimental effect on the success of the procedure and its outcome. Alcohol, drugs and cigarettes wreak havoc with the body inside and out and are absolutely guaranteed to adversely affect pretty much any cosmetic procedure. As such, while it might be easier said than done it is almost guaranteed that the surgeon will recommend that you quit smoking and lay off the alcohol in the weeks and days running up to the operation.
3 – Use of Specific Creams, Moisturisers or Treatments
There’s also a good chance that you will be prescribed or at least recommended certain creams, moisturisers or treatments to apply to the area of the body where the cosmetic surgery will be carried out. It could be a case of ensuring that the area is as well moisturised as possible, or is simply as strong and healthy as possible prior to the procedure itself. These may be provided by the surgeon though in most cases have to be purchased from elsewhere, though as an investment in your own health and well-being that is more than worth making.
4 – Withdrawal of Certain Medication Prior to the Surgery
As is the case with all types of surgery across the board, your surgeon will ask you about any medication or health supplements you are currently taking. There will always be certain supplements and medications which should be withdrawn from use prior to any kind of surgery, while others may be recommended against in accordance with the specifics of specific cosmetic surgical procedures. Unsurprisingly, it is of crucial importance to listen carefully to what your surgeon says about medication and to ensure that you let them know every single thing you are currently taking.
5 – Exercises and Preparatory Activities
There may also be a recommendation for exercise and certain activities in the run-up to the surgery, which in most instances are simply to help get the body in shape and as healthy as possible. Nevertheless, there may be exercises and activities prescribed which target one specific area of the body in order to help prepare that area of the body for the procedure to follow.
6 – Multiple Screening Checks and Follow-Ups
Last up, don’t be surprised if even though you have reached a 100% satisfied decision that you want to go ahead with the procedure, the surgeon still insists that you attend several consultations, follow-ups and screening checks. Not only do they need to assess that you are healthy enough to go through the procedure, but a responsible surgeon will also ensure that you have had sufficient time to think about the procedure in general and are not rushing into a decision that you will regret at a later stage.