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6 Preoperative Steps To Take For Successful Cosmetic Surgery

Whether you are opting for a cosmetic procedure such as body contouring, or require an urgent foot surgery, here's why the pre-operative period is so important.

When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic procedures such as face surgery and body contouring are a safe and effective way to improve one’s appearance.

But there are also many other possible benefits of such procedures including:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved physical health
  • Enhanced mental health
  • Higher quality of life

Whether you require an orthopedic procedure such as foot surgery, or are simply looking to enhance your appearance with a breast augmentation or liposuction body contouring, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons have the experience and expertise to meet all your unique needs.


What is Pre-Operative Care?

Pre-operative care is the preparation and management of a patient prior to surgery, whether it’s cosmetic or general. During this period, emphasis is placed on:

  • Assessing and correcting any physiological and psychological problems that may increase surgical risk.
  • Educating the patient on their procedure and teaching them the guidelines regarding the surgery.
  • Instructing and demonstrating any exercises that will benefit the patient after their foot surgery, body contouring procedure or face surgery.
  • Planning for discharge and any anticipated changes in lifestyle due to the surgery.

REMEMBER: Patients who are physically and psychologically prepared for surgery tend to have better surgical results.

That’s why pre-operative care is extremely important prior to any invasive procedure, including minor and major surgery.

Good communication between all members of the health care team, including patient and plastic surgeon, will ensure that you are well-prepared and ready to undergo any surgery.


6 Pre-Operative Care Steps You Can Take For a Successful Surgery

Pre-operative care is a very important aspect of any surgery, whether it’s a foot procedure or a body contouring treatment. Following your plastic surgeon’s pre-operative care instructions is crucial to achieving the best possible surgical results.

Here are 6 simple pre-operative care tips to follow before undergoing any surgery:

  1. Practice proper fitness: Practicing good fitness habits is a very important factor in your overall health and well-being. The better your health, the less likely you are to experience any surgical risk.                            
  2. Good nutrition: A healthy, balanced diet is essential for a successful surgery. Make sure to eat well during the weeks prior to surgery and avoid crash dieting, overeating or high alcohol intake.
  3. Stop smoking: Smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal. You must be nicotine and smoke-free for AT LEAST 4 weeks prior to surgery. This includes nicotine patches and other nicotine-based products including gum or vapor cigarettes.         
  4. Lead a healthy lifestyle: In the weeks before your foot or face surgery, be sure to maintain the best of health and hygiene. If you experience any sudden illnesses or changes in your health, make sure to advise your plastic surgeon IMMEDIATELY.     
  5. Prepare and plan: Scheduled any time off work and any support you’ll need at home after your surgery including housework, child care grocery shopping and a responsible friend/family member to take you to and from the hospital.      
  6. Check your medications: Talk to your plastic surgeon about any medication you are taking, especially any product containing Aspirin, as this can increase your risk of bleeding and other complications.


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To find out more about the costs, benefits and risks of our wide range of general and plastic surgery procedures including foot/face surgery and body contouring treatments, contact our Kelowna plastic surgeons at 250-868-9099 or fill out our online contact form.

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