Top Tips For Preparing For Cosmetic Surgery

Our mum blogger explores the essential tips and hints for preparing for cosmetic surgery, your stay in hospital and having the most comfortable recovery.

The day of surgery is nearing and you’re undoubtedly bursting with excitement. You’ve already done the hard work of researching and finding your plastic surgeon, asked all the right questions and organised how you’re going to fund your dream surgery. So, what else is left to do?

Preparation is an important part of your journey, so let’s ensure that you are fully equipped with the essential advice and tips you need to plan your stay in hospital and for a comfortable and speedy recovery. 

Less is more - Top tips for preparing for cosmetic surgery

1.) Less is more

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to many of our beloved beauty regimes whilst undergoing cosmetic surgery. It’s actually an important precaution for your safety. Not only does it help to minimise infection risk, but also helps the care team with monitoring your health. You may not realise, but clean, clear skin during surgery can help the surgical team spot changes to your skin colour – an indication of poor circulation or blood loss.

What beauty products should we put away before our surgery? I would recommend taking off false nails, nail varnish, all make-up, hair/eyelash extensions and fake tan. Refrain from applying your moisturiser, lotions, creams and deodorant too! It’s always best to check any other individual concerns with your surgeon, especially for removing any body jewellery or piercings which should not be worn when you are having surgery.

Alcohol and smoking advice - Top tips for preparing for cosmetic surgery

2.) You’ve Heard it Before… But

If you like the odd tipple now and again, remember that for around 48 hours prior to cosmetic surgery, you should completely avoid alcohol consumption.

Similarly, if you are a smoker, then you should ideally be stopping smoking a few weeks before your surgery and be completely smoke free at least 48 hours prior to your surgery date. Smokers are much more likely to have complications after surgery, especially with poor wound healing. Therefore, stopping smoking at the right time before surgery can increase the amount of oxygen in your body, improve circulation and thus lower your risk of complications. Don’t forget, you can risk your surgery being cancelled if you keep smoking, so it’s just not worth it.

Dietary supplements - Top tips for preparing for cosmetic surgery

3.) Watching what you Eat

Whether you are health-conscious or not, if you take any regular dietary supplements you need to plan.

In addition to vitamins B and C, you are encouraged to stop taking vitamins E, K, herbal supplements and any weight loss or fat burning supplements. These should all be avoided for at least two weeks before surgery.

A few commonly taken herbal supplements to avoid are: ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginseng, ginger, St. John’s Wort and Omega 3 fatty acids out of concern for their ability to thin blood – we’ve long been told fish oils promote bleeding.

Packing your hospital bag - Top tips for preparing for cosmetic surgery

4.) What to pack

Once you’ve decided which day or overnight bag you’ll be packing your surgery essentials in, you have a few other packing decisions that can really make a difference.

Firstly, decide which pair of pajamas or nightwear you’re going to take with you.  You’ll want to feel as cosy and snug as possible. However, you might want to get a size bigger so that they are a bit more spacious, giving you more than enough room whilst also making sure that your wounds don’t get irritated.  If you’re not comfortable in pyjamas, try at least a front zipped top, they are easy to change in and out of, especially if you’ve had breast surgery.

Secondly, if you have had any form of breast surgery, you will need to invest in a compression bra to ensure that your breasts are supported and comfy during the recovery period. You may be given a recommendation but, take it from me, one of the best brands to look at is Macom. They are designed by surgeons to be safe and effective for post-surgical support, but they also still look and feel feminine too. It’s worth investing in a good compression garment as you’ll need to wear these for around 6 weeks post-op whilst you are healing.  

One last item not to forget is a V-shaped support pillow. Post-surgery you will be advised to sleep on your back in an upright position.  To help your comfort and support the correct posture, try having a V-shaped pillow ready – these are common in maternity and can be ‘just the ticket’ for getting a good night sleep!

Get help at home - Top tips for preparing for cosmetic surgery

5.) Aim for an uneventful recovery!

Once you’re home, you will be making use of your Netflix account post-surgery, so make sure you have planned ahead and have booked the right amount of time off work. Most common recovery period for cosmetic surgery will be around one-to-two weeks, so that you have plenty of time to recuperate and for wounds to heal. Your surgeon will likely indicate when its safe to return to work, but its always best to organise some lighter tasks when you return too, particularly if your job involves any excessive physical activity or heavy lifting.

For any parents with young children, try and get as much help as you can from your family and friends, as you are likely to be in a bit of pain or discomfort. It’s not advised to even pick up younger children, particularly after breast surgery or a tummy tuck. So best to get lots of help in the home, let somebody else do the chores and rest during those vital first few weeks of your recovery.

Letting your GP know that you’ve had cosmetic surgery may sound odd, but as they look after your health day-to-day, having a record of your surgery in the long term may be beneficial. It’s also handy if you need a sick note to certify your absence from work and avoid having to explain to your employer why you need time at home to rest.

Finally, you will have a coordinator looking after you at your hospital. You should contact them any time if you need any help or advice before or after your surgery. Don’t forget, no question will be silly, they will have heard it all before and have some more awesome tips from past patients to share!

It’s important to take the time to consider your own preparations for any cosmetic surgery. Before you get lost in the excitement, start to think about your comfort in hospital, and how to improve your recovery at home too.

Remember, if you have any problems post-operative and either feel poorly or fear you may have an infection then do not hesitate to contact your surgeon or care team. Pall Mall Cosmetics offer a comprehensive aftercare programme with the reassurance of a 24-hour support line with the Nursing team who can assist you day or night. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Mr Vummiti Krishnan at Pall Mall Cosmetics in Manchester, Liverpool and Newton-le-Willows

What can I do next?

You can view all of our cosmetic surgeons on our website. Or you can come down to Pall Mall Cosmetics for a free of charge consultation in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

Pall Mall Cosmetics have convenient clinic locations in Liverpool City Centre and Manchester City Centre in addition to a purpose built hospital in Newton-le-Willows. Appointments do NOT require any NHS referrals and are fully private and confidential.

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