Staying healthy prior to your cosmetic procedure

Staying healthy prior to your cosmetic procedure
Staying healthy prior to your procedure

Opting for cosmetic surgery is a very important decision in some people's lives. There are several precautions to take 48 hours prior to your procedure, such as heeding doctor's recommendations and avoiding unhealthy risk factors, but there are ways to substantially increase your health months before your operation - steps that may be key for guaranteeing your operation is as safe and effective as possible.

Ensuring a healthy lifestyle before going under the knife
Food, exercise and sleep are three components that are important for forming the healthiest lifestyle possible. Before any surgery, patients should be sure to avoid factors that may negatively impact their overall state of being, such as alcohol, smoking and an abundance of sugary treats. Be sure to load up on fruits and veggies in the months before your procedure, as these elements can greatly increase heart and brain health.

Do the research ahead of time
Staying physically active is important, but remaining mentally sharp is equally essential to the success of your procedure. Patients must conduct research concerning their operation, including stories from others who received similar surgeries, average recovery times and realistic outcomes from the surgeon. While a patient may go under the knife expecting to emerge looking exactly like Jennifer Lawrence, she must understand the intricacies of the surgery and let go of unrealistic expectations. HealthDay News reported that discussing the procedure, hopes and questions with the doctor ahead of time is crucial for optimizing the surgery's success.

The importance of having an honest conversation with your surgeon
In addition to trusting a board-certified surgeon with experience conducting your preferred procedure, you must also be 100 percent honest when discussing the details with the doc. Certain risk factors can affect your operation, such as family health history, cigarette and alcohol consumption, and emotional state of mind, such as anxiety or anger. Some patients feel embarrassed when admitting these elements and may not believe that they could affect the procedure, but doctors must have an all-inclusive snapshot of a patient prior to assessing their risks.

One plastic surgeon wrote a column for The Gazette where he explained that doctors ask specific questions to discover whether a patient may be at risk for certain complications. 

"At the beginning of each surgical case, we run a checklist to make sure we have the right patient, the right procedure, the right everything, essentially," he wrote.

Patients preparing for their procedures should be sure to remain completely honest with their doctors, even if they perceive their behaviors to be embarrassing.