What to Expect From Your Plastic Surgeon
Surgery is an extensively applied medical or surgical specialty which makes use of surgical instruments and operative techniques on an individual to explore or remedy a pathological state like an injury or disease, to aid improve physical function, appearance, or repair of permanently damaged tissues. The word ‘surgery’ is derived from Greek words referring to ‘searching the wound’ and ‘operation’. Surgery is also related to other medical specialties, such as anesthesiology, radiology, and obstetrics. These disciplines all form part of the larger field of medicine called ‘medicine’. The scope of medicine includes a large number of specialties, including pediatrics, anesthesiology, general surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology, and radiation oncology.
Before you can decide to have surgery, you should understand how the process works and what responsibilities you will be assuming once you have the procedure done. For example, preoperative preparations need to be carefully planned to prevent complications during surgery. You will need to discuss pre-operative diet and nutrition with your surgeon before the operation, and the risks associated with those foods and other lifestyle choices you will make prior to the procedure. Planning a diet in advance can be extremely helpful for both you and your surgeon.
Your surgeon will design a prior regimen designed to reduce your risks and to ensure that you are comfortable before the surgery takes place. Those who have diabetes, a history of bleeding in the breast or pelvic area, or a history of poor eating habits or obesity may need to adjust their post-operative dietary habits to allow for a period of fasting while they heal. During fasting you should avoid solid foods, liquids such as water, and any medication that contain sugar. If you smoke, quitting will be required on the day of the procedure. Smoking interferes with blood clotting and can be dangerous for you and your surgeon during the procedure.
The length of time you will be off of work will vary according to the type of procedure you have, your age, how you heal, and your overall health prior to the surgery. Generally, you will be able to return to work after three to five days but might take longer if complications arise during recovery time. You should not resume strenuous exercise for at least four weeks. Smoking is illegal for at least six months prior to the surgery date to minimize complications. Any medication you are currently taking can be adjusted or stopped and your doctor may advise you to do the same.
Once you have made it through the preop period, your surgeon will move you into the post-surgical recovery phase. This can be quite hectic and you may need help with coordinating your recovery and following your post-op appointments. It’s also important to follow the post-surgical instructions given by your surgeon carefully. If your recovery is successful, you should be able to return to work within two weeks.
Many people who undergo this type of cosmetic procedure feel extremely confident about their appearance immediately following surgery. Many surgeons will schedule a consultation in advance to discuss your expectations and progress. Contacting several different surgeons and inquiring about their client experiences will help you find a reputable surgeon who will offer you the results you are looking for.