Once you make the decision to have a cosmetic or reconstructive facial surgery procedure, you’ll likely start counting down the days until the big event. It’s only natural to feel eager to look your best. You’re making a financial investment in yourself, so you’ll want to take steps to maintain your health and well-being before this life-changing event to ensure a speedy recovery and fantastic results.
1-3 Months Before Surgery
- Now is the time to get your skin in tiptop shape. Ask your surgeon about starting a prescription skin care regimen and what other things you can do to promote your skin’s health, whether it’s facials and gentle masks or microdermabrasion.
1-2 Weeks Before Surgery
- It’s important to follow your surgeon’s pre-op instructions, including what medications to avoid up to two weeks before and after surgery. This list will likely include aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, which can increase bleeding risks during and after your surgery.
- If your surgeon has advised you of the benefits of homeopathic remedies like bromelain and Amica montana to help reduce swelling and bruising, you must take them before your surgery to get the maximum benefit.
- Now is the time to get ready for your recovery, including arranging for child and/or pet care during the initial phase, filling your prescriptions and shopping for your post-op care pack. Don’t forget to have movies, books and plenty of magazines and games on hand to ward off boredom as you recover.
1 Day Before Surgery
- Do not smoke at least 12 hours before surgery. Better yet, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible. Smoking significantly impairs circulation, which can affect healing. Your surgeon would be happy to discuss the best ways you can kick the habit for good.
- You many not eat or drink anything (including water) for eight hours prior to your surgical appointment.