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Proper diet, support, relaxation all help prepare you for surgery

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Proper diet, support, relaxation all help prepare you for surgery

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When considering a procedure, there are many benefits to lanning and preparing in advance. If you want your surgery and recovery to go as well as possible, then consider the following guidelines.

Maintain a Steady and Healthy Weight
You want to be at a stable weight when you have a procedure. If you are in the midst of losing weight, talk to your doctor about your regimen and goal weight. If you have a considerable amount of weight to lose, your physician may recommend you wait until your weight has stabilized; however, this depends on what type of treatment or procedure you are pursuing.

Assess Your Diet
Eating nutritional food and staying hydrated can help your body recuperate from surgery much quicker. Make sure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. This will not only help prepare you for surgery, but it will help you live a healthier life.

Learn About the Procedure
Find out as much information as you can about a procedure you are considering. Call your physician’s office and ask if they can recommend resources—online or in print. Talk to your family to gain their insight and opinion. This will help you to articulate your aspirations, expectations, questions, and concerns to your facial plastic surgeon. Your physician will describe the procedure, the technique, and the recovery. Ensure you understand the entire process.

Rally Support
It is important to have a support system for you regardless if your procedure is minimally invasive or major. Share your plan and let family and friends know how they can help you. Delegate responsibilities now so that you won’t have to worry about figuring it out when you’re on your way home. Think about tasks such as walking the dog, picking up the mail, watering plants, carpool duty, etc.

Follow Instructions
Your physician will provide you with detailed instructions to follow for optimal results. These must be followed exactly and can begin as much as two weeks prior to the procedure. These may include quitting smoking, stopping certain medications (e.g., aspirin and ibuprofen), and staying out of the sun.

Plan Accordingly
Your surgery may require no down time or two weeks of taking it easy. Regardless, use this pre-operative time to plan for a smooth convalescence. Go get your prescriptions for post-op filled. Prepare and freeze meals that you can simply heat and eat. Make sure you have clothes clean and ready for the week after.

Rest and Relaxation
As you prepare for your procedure, it is important that your body is wellrested and not tense. It is normal to be nervous, but you don’t want this to keep you up at night. Try relaxation techniques or a trip to the spa. If you can sustain a sense of calmness, your body will heal and recover quicker after surgery.