Schedule Surgery When You’re Healthy
If you are planning cosmetic surgery, try to schedule it during a period of relatively good health. This will give your immune system the best chance toward a speedy recovery.
Increase Your Protein Intake
Two of the most important healing elements are calories and protein. Extra protein is needed to build new tissue and blood vessels, repair injured tissue and step up production of cells that repair the wound. Choose high quality protein sources like fish, poultry, beans & legumes or lean cuts of meat.
Stay Well-Hydrated by Drinking Water
It is important to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water each day and especially the day prior to surgery, to help cleanse and hydrate the body. Water is very important prior to surgery, as fluid intake is reduced the day of surgery. To avoid complications during surgery, be sure that you do not drink anything after midnight the night prior to your surgery, unless told otherwise by your surgeon.
Do not Take Aspirin or Aspirin-Containing Products
Aspirin is not recommended prior to surgery because it is a blood thinner and can promote bleeding during surgery.
Do not Drink Alcohol 72 Hours Prior/After Surgery
Alcohol suppresses the immune system and should be avoided around the time of surgery.
Do Not Smoke 2 Weeks Prior/After Your Surgery
Smoking inhibits wound healing because less oxygen is supplied to the body’s cells. In addition, smoking increases the risk of complications during surgery.
Build a Support Structure
Rely on your family and friends to help you during the stressful time of a surgery. From assisting with household chores to providing emotional support, having them around is a plus.