Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, it’s essential to be well-prepared both physically and mentally. So, our team has gone ahead and addressed some FAQs to help you get ready for your surgery:
Can I continue taking my regular medications before surgery?
Certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, blood thinners, Vitamin E, and herbal supplements should be discontinued 1-2 weeks before the procedure to minimize the risk of prolonged bleeding. However, if you need pain relief before or after surgery, Tylenol is safe to use.
Can I eat or drink anything the night before my surgery?
This depends on the surgery but we advise patients to avoid eating or drinking 8 hours before the scheduled surgery. An empty stomach is essential to reduce the risk of complications during anesthesia.
What should I wear on the day of my surgery?
We suggest wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Avoid wearing any jewelry or nail polish to the office, as they can interfere with monitoring devices and present unnecessary risks.
Can I drive myself to the surgery center on the day of the procedure?
We advise you to arrange for someone to drive you to the surgical facility and back home. The effects of anesthesia can impair your ability to drive safely.
How long before my surgery should I stop using makeup and skincare products?
Depending on your surgery, there may be specific instructions regarding skincare products and makeup. Generally, it’s best to avoid using any products on the surgical area the night before and the day of surgery. This includes lotions, perfumes, or deodorant.
Can I shower before the procedure?
You can shower the night before or the morning of your surgery. We recommend using shampoo and antibacterial soap.
How should I prepare my home for post-op recovery?
We recommend creating a comfortable recovery environment by having essential items within reach. These may include extra pillows, medications, dressings, and any recommended post-op care supplies.
Can I smoke or drink alcohol before the procedure?
We strongly advise you to stop smoking several weeks before your surgery. Smoking can increase the risk of complications and hinder the healing process. Additionally, it’s essential to avoid alcohol in the days leading up to the surgery, as it can interfere with anesthesia and pose risks during surgery.
If you have any further questions, please contact our office at (410) 266-7215. We’re excited to be a part of your transformation journey and look forward to assisting you every step of the way!