There are a number of lifestyle and health factors that might make a surgeon refuse to perform plastic surgery or delay an operation. If a surgeon suspects that a surgical procedure may be unsafe for a patient then the patient may need to undergo additional pre-op tests, implement lifestyle changes, or sign additional paperwork before scheduling a procedure date.
Here is a checklist designed to help you prepare for surgery make your surgical experience as easy for
you as possible.
- You haven’t eaten or drank anything since midnight last night.
- You showered and washed your body with antiseptic soap last night and this morning.
- You haven’t put on any jewelry, deodorant, powder, lotion, makeup, perfume, hair spray or panty hose.
- You didn’t take any of your surgery vitamins or Bromelain. Wait until after your surgery to resume those.
- You know where you’re going and you have someone to drive you, pick you up and stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.
- You’re giving yourself plenty of time to get to the surgery center on time.
- You’re wearing loose fitting clothing with a loose shirt that buttons up the front and tennis shoes or some other shoes easy to walk in. No Manolo Blahnik's!
- You’re not wearing any contact lenses, jewelry or have dark fingernail polish or any piercings anywhere on your body.
- You have your ID, insurance card, eye glasses and case on your person. The crackers, pillow and throw blankets are in the car.
- You’re taking a car that’s easy to get in and out of and you’re not riding home with someone who drives like they are in a Fast and Furious Movie right?
With the right preparation and following your surgeons instructions you can expect a wonderful outcome.
*Tips courtesy of David B. Reath, M.D. Plastic Surgery