Summary: The best way to prepare for plastic surgery might seem pretty simple, and it can be summed up thusly: listen to your doctor and try to keep your weight stable. That said, there’s a lot of information out there on holistic recoveries and how drinking smoothies will help your body prepare you for surgery. But is any of that even true? I’m suspicious, personally, but maybe it’s worth taking a look at some of these other ways to prepare for surgery. After all, a little research can’t hurt before you talk to your doctor, right?
What’s the Best Way to Prepare for Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery can be a time-consuming and money-consuming ordeal. Sure, the results are great, and that’s really what you’re after, but it doesn’t stop the recovery process from being a complete drag. There’s the swelling, there’s the pumps that are surgically inserted (and have to be surgically removed), there’s the more swelling, and then there’s the waiting for the scars to recede. Some recoveries are easier than others, of course. There is a lot of personal variability (just look at the wide range of experiences with wisdom tooth removal—and you can imagine how wide the range is when it comes to something like breast augmentation).
So, yes, recovery from plastic surgery—especially when the procedure is a little more intense—can really suck. But there are some ways to prepare for plastic surgery, even if there is no single best way to prepare for plastic surgery. As always, you’ll want to listen to your body—because everyone’s body is different. But there are some general ways you can prepare yourself for your surgery. The better prepared you are for your operation, in general, the smoother your recovery will go (it’s worth really emphasizing that this is not always the case—sometimes no matter how well you prepare, your recovery will be rough and sometimes it will be smooth even if you didn’t prepare. What we’re talking about here is playing to the odds).
Get Plenty of Help
First and foremost, you want to make sure you have plenty of help lined up. We’ve talked about before how, after a surgery that focuses on a sensitive spot (such as a tummy tuck), you may be less mobile than usual for a while. Because so many plastic surgery patients are women, and because women are still largely responsible for household tasks (unfairly, we’d argue, but that’s still the reality), it’s important that patients of plastic surgery not feel pressured to continue performing those household tasks. And the best way to do that is to have plenty of help lined up, to get those household chores done so no one feels pressure to do those tasks.
Second, you’ll want to make sure your body is ready for surgery. You’ll find plenty of websites that give you “holistic” instructions on how to prepare your body (that recommend things like liquid diets and so on and so forth). Talk to your surgeon before you follow any of these “holistic” instructions. Let’s put it this way: your surgeon’s instructions come first and are far more important. Your surgeon knows what your body needs before surgery and will generally be able to help you prepare in the best way possible.
Hydrate and be Fit
But even when listening to your surgeon, and you should always do that, there are some extra things you can do. First, make sure that you are well hydrated in the weeks leading up to your procedure. Second, make sure that you’re fit. This means you should exercise. But you don’t want your body to change too much between, say, your consultation and your operation.
In other words, you want to keep your weight as stable as possible. If you’re in the middle of a diet or exercise regiment that’s designed to help you lose pounds, then wait until you’ve reached your final weight to think about plastic surgery. Plastic surgery recovery does, after all, take a number of weeks, so as part of your preparation for plastic surgery, you should try to maintain a stable weight. This means that you should not attempt to lose weight, as this may alter the proportions of your final desired look.
Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon
The most important way you can prepare for plastic surgery is, of course, to talk to your plastic surgeon. It’s a good idea for any patient to do a significant amount of research before deciding on a procedure—but that research can only go so far. You need to talk to a qualified professional. This is true whether you’re in the market for Los Angeles Botox or Connecticut facial surgery. You should do your research, yes. But you should also be prepared to talk to a doctor and listen to what that doctor has to say.
So, what’s the best way to prepare for plastic surgery? It’s not necessarily easy, and it does take a lot of thought. It also takes a lot of love: love for yourself and love from the people in your life who you are closest to. In that way, plastic surgery, even during a lengthy recovery, can be a time to bring your family and friends closer together. And, of course, it’s a time to focus on yourself as well.