When you visit our Ottawa office for plastic surgery, you benefit from advanced procedures and Dr. Brownrigg’s decades of surgical expertise. Still, the entirety of your cosmetic experience is not just limited to what transpires during the procedure. The steps you take prior to surgery and the resulting recovery period are both important factors in the treatment process. In order to help you achieve the most satisfying results, we wish to convey the best things you can do in the weeks and days leading up to treatment.
With facial plastic surgery, it is especially crucial to take the right precautions, as any complications or irregularities during recovery are immediately noticeable. If you plan on undergoing a facelift at our practice, take note of the following pre-operative instructions.
In the weeks leading up to treatment, patients should take care not to consume anything that may lead to complications or interfere with recovery. Even certain foods and seemingly innocuous supplements can negatively interact with the body or other medications after surgery. As a result, try to avoid each of the following:
In addition to what you should avoid, also keep in mind that positive health habits will lead to an optimal surgical experience. The same general rules that apply to everyday health are doubly true for pre-operative health. First, remember to get plenty of rest every night throughout the weeks prior to surgery. A rested body performs better overall, including its healing, circulation, and resistance to infection.
Diet also plays a strong role in health. It’s important to maintain a full, balanced diet in order to receive the proper nutrients and boost your immune system. However, some foods in particular may do more harm than good in conjunction with surgery. Sodium has a tendency to prolong swelling - a common side effect of facelift surgery - and should be kept to minimum. Additionally, foods with salicylic acid can thin blood, and should also be avoided. Such foods include olives, tomatoes, vinegar, mushrooms, and citrus fruit.
Because a facelift is often performed using general anesthesia, do not drink or eat anything after midnight of the preceding night, as this may result in unconscious regurgitation and damage to the lungs. It is similarly important to get a full night’s sleep right before the facelift. When getting ready that morning, follow the below recommendations:
Your safety and comfort are of paramount importance to us. If you have any questions about your upcoming surgery or would like to meet with Dr. Brownrigg, contact our office via phone or email.