Your health and safety should be of utmost priority before, during, and after any surgery. Before your cosmetic surgery, your plastic surgeon will want to fully review your medical history and answer any questions or concerns. Candid communication with your surgeon and staff will support the best outcome of your surgery.
Providing accurate answers when disclosing your general state of health will help your surgeon know what safety considerations need to be addressed prior to surgery. Your medical history should include:
- A full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery
- All types of allergies and any reaction to prior anesthesia
- Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
- The use of oral contraceptives by women
Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon questions about your procedure. It’s natural to feel some nervousness, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of pre-surgery jitters. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery.
For your safety, you must follow all of your plastic surgeon’s preoperative instructions which will likely include:
- Cessation of smoking
- Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding
On the day of surgery, you may be asked to:
- Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period prior to surgery
Following all postoperative instructions carefully will aid in your recovery and results.
Your partnership with your plastic surgeon does not end once your surgery is completed. The relationship you establish with your surgeon is one that should continue with follow-up examinations. By staying in touch with your plastic surgeon, you can enjoy the benefits of continued quality care.
To find a highly qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon in DFW, search the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons member directory.