5 Things You Need to Know to Plan for Plastic Surgery

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Plastic surgery can help you feel more confident and help you reach your physical appearance goals. While plastic surgery procedures are commonly performed every day, all surgery contains some element of risk and requires some need for preparation. Before booking a plastic surgery procedure, there are five things to consider.

Women undergoing a body contouring consultation with her surgeon.

Your Surgeon’s Training Matters

Your surgery should be performed by a highly-skilled and exceptionally trained plastic surgeon. When talking to surgeons, look for ones that specialize in the procedure that you wish, and don’t be afraid to ask for references or about their education and training. Another great tool is to ask to see before and after photos of their previous patients.

You May Need to Schedule Around Your Recovery

Your procedure can take anywhere from four to 12 weeks to recover, depending on how invasive it is. Combination procedures and in-depth procedures like tummy tuck surgery or body lift surgery will take longer than something like liposuction

If you want to be fully healed by a particular time of year or a specific date, be sure to schedule your procedure far enough in advance to allow for recovery.

You may also wish to consider your work schedule when planning your surgical procedures. If you have certain times of the year that are busier than others, it may be smart to wait until your business is slower to have more peace of mind while recovering. The more relaxed you are during your recovery, the better. Therefore, stressing about returning to work or getting ready for a special event may negatively impact your recovery and results.

There Will Be Risks That You Must Accept

Your surgeon will go over any risks associated with the surgical procedure, including those from general anesthesia. Some lifestyle habits increase your risks for surgery, such as smoking and excessive drinking. Your recovery will also be affected by your alcohol and tobacco use.

While it is uncommon to experience severe complications, there is no way to guarantee that zero risk. Everyone heals differently, and, sometimes, unforeseen complications arise.

A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way

You may be asked to quit smoking before having surgery to reduce the risks from general anesthesia. Or, you may be asked to lose a little weight before having surgeries to decrease your risks during the procedure and give you better-looking results. Preparing makes your surgery significantly safer and more effective.

Alternatively, preparing your home for your recovery will also ease the process. Consider establishing a comfortable “recovery zone” with easy access to anything that you might need (e.g., pillows, nutritious food, entertainment, etc.).

Lifestyle Changes May Follow

Certain augmentation and body contouring procedures may affect your wardrobe or alter how much you’ll be able to enjoy engaging in certain activities. For example, larger breasts may impact the types of exercises you can perform, whereas tummy tuck surgery, body lift surgery, or breast reduction can make exercising more comfortable.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are ready to start your plastic surgery journey, contact Dr. Tim Alexander by calling (954) 589-0722 or (305) 756-8743 or filling out our online contact form.