Different people choose to have plastic surgery for varying reasons. For some, it is the need to correct an aesthetic imperfection such as a crooked nose or breasts that are ‘too‘ small. For others, reconstructive plastic surgery offers a way out after deforming injuries or treatments such as mastectomy (surgical operation to remove the breast often in order to prevent or treat cancer). If you have thought about undergoing a plastic surgery treatment for one reason or the other, it is important that you learn as much as possible about the procedure, recovery, and expected results.
Plastic surgery has come a long way since its early days. Techniques have immensely advanced and surgeons are able to deliver these procedures with precision. A recent study highlighted in the American Psychological Association showed that about 87 percent of individuals who had cosmetic surgery were happy with the outcome of the procedure. The key for patients is to select the right plastic surgeon and take the time to prepare for a successful outcome.
This post offers a few important tips to help you prepare for your plastic surgery in Monmouth County.
Find the right plastic surgeon
Selecting the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important steps for individuals who are planning to have cosmetic surgery. Keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons are the same. The first thing you want to ask for is board certification by the ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgery). This is a de facto industry organization that ensures that practicing plastic surgeons are qualified and adhere to the highest standards of quality. Membership with professional organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is another positive indicator. During your initial consultation, ask the surgeon about their experience level in the precise cosmetic procedure you want to have. Take a look at before and after photos and even call a few of the surgeon’s past patients for ideas on their experience. All this should help you decide whether you feel comfortable enough to work with the surgeon.
Follow the surgeon’s recovery instructions
Plastic surgeons provide precise information for patients who are prepping for cosmetic surgery. You’ll be asked to quit smoking at least 4 weeks before the day of the surgery. You’ll also need to stop taking certain types of medications and herbal supplements that are known to increase the risk of bleeding. Restricting alcohol intake can also go a long way to ensure a successful procedure. Make sure to adhere to these and other instructions and get in touch with your plastic surgeon’s office if you need clarification.
There’s no understating the importance of diet when preparing for any surgery. Experts recommend that you focus on healthy proteins such as fish, chicken, beans, soy, and grain-based options. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to keep your body supplied with the right mix of nutrients. Another important tip is to stay hydrated by drinking the recommended daily levels of healthy fluids. All this helps keep your body in shape for a quick comeback and seamless recovery after surgery.
Get your recovery supplies
Another important tip that you should keep in mind when preparing for plastic surgery is to get your recovery supplies ahead of time. Remember that following the surgery, you won’t be able to run to the market and order foodstuffs and other necessary items. The precise recovery supplies you need to purchase will vary depending on the type of plastic surgery that you are offering. However, common items include pill organizers, bedside commode, hand sanitizer, ice packs, and extra pillows. During your consultation visit at Dr. Vemula’s Monmouth County office, our team will provide an exhaustive supplies list.
Prepare your recovery area
You need to set aside a room or area in your home where you can rest and relax during recovery. This needs to be a comfortable enough area that is equipped with pillows, books, movies, and other items that you’ll need to pass time.
Arrange for financing
Financing is another important thing you need to take care of when preparing for plastic surgery. Most plastic surgery treatments (e.g. breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, liposuction, arm lift, buttock lift, and facelift) are considered to be elective and are thus not covered by health insurance. You need to find out how much the plastic surgery you’re having costs in Monmouth County so you can make arrangements for financing. Our office typically makes a point to provide an individualized cost breakdown following your initial consultation visit.