Myint Minute: Prepping for Surgical Success
Remember Ben Franklin, the guy whose face lights up a hundred dollar bill? He once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Not only is that a great saying to take through life, it’s something to keep in the front of your mind if you are planning on having any type of cosmetic or plastic surgery. Technological advances in cosmetic surgery, and the popularity of so many procedures threaten to belie the fact that surgery is serious business. The positive results from surgery are greatly enhanced by the proper preparation.
I encourage my patients to get as much information from me as possible before surgery. You should begin at least a month ahead by first making sure that all of your questions about your upcoming procedure are answered. Your piece of mind has a significant impact on your physiology. If you are anxious, that affects your immune system. A strong immune system is the key to proper and quick post-surgery healing.
Some of your lifestyle choices come into play in your preparation. If you smoke you need to stop. Smoking adversely affects the blood flow in your body and you need proper blood flow during and after surgery. You should stop consuming alcohol. It suppresses the immune system and increases bleeding which could lead to difficult healing. There are certain foods that are normally very good for your diet but in the days leading up and after surgery they should be kept at a minimum because they contain salicylates, which can cause bruising. Lay off of all berries, almonds, citrus, grapes, peaches, cucumbers, and vinegar.
We live in a pill popping culture so be sure that you consult with your doctor on all of your medications at least two weeks ahead. Here are a few of the medications that you absolutely want to stay away from because they adversely affect coagulation. All Aspirin and Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, and arthritis medication. There are recommended vitamins that you will want to take prior pre and post surgery. They include, any multi vitamin that doesn’t include vitamin E, you need collagen synthesis so take vitamin C, vitamin A for the immune system, and Bromelain for swelling. Also, change your diet to avoid breads, starches, and sweets. Eat your veggies and a little protein three times a day.
It’s important to remember the logistics as you get close to your surgery date. Make sure all of your prescriptions are filled and you have purchased the clothing you need to wear while you are healing. Think about a hairstyle that you may want to cover any surgical effects. If you are going to be sedated, arrange for transportation to and from. The night before your surgery, no food or liquid if you are going to be sedated. You can wash your hair but don’t use hair products like spray. Wash the areas that are going to be covered by the surgery. On the day of surgery don’t apply lotions or perfume and leave all of your jewelry and valuables at home. Above all get plenty of rest. Cheers. Dr Myint.
As always for any further questions feel free to call Dr. Myint at 702-207-6468.
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