When deciding to undergo plastic surgery, it is a life-changing experience for most people. Some patients might have always struggled with a characteristic they are unhappy with or would like to address; a feature of their face or body that has evolved due to aging or weight fluctuations. Deciding on surgery can be daunting, as plastic surgery is surgery. Because celebrities have gone overboard with cosmetic procedures, some of them have even given plastic surgery a bad reputation. This has caused many people to steer away from undergoing cosmetic surgery; however, with so many advancements in plastic surgery, someone can achieve their ideal look safely and efficiently. How does an individual avoid the “plastic” in plastic surgery? It is all about how serious the patient addresses their plastic surgery process.
Finding a Plastic Surgeon
Even before booking your surgery, finding the right plastic surgeon for your procedure is of the utmost importance. It is highly recommended to choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ABPS), such as Dr. Jervis. Whether you are undergoing facelift surgery or breast augmentation surgery, your surgeon should be knowledgeable and experienced in performing your surgery. During your consultation, ask them plenty of questions about your procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) can provide you with important questions to ask your plastic surgeon. It is crucial that you are comfortable with him/her and that they have an excellent bedside manner. Having excellent communication between you and your surgeon will ensure that you have a successful plastic surgery experience.
Preparing for Your Surgery
Once you have booked your procedure, you should start preparing for it immediately. The preparation process plays into creating a safer surgery and helps a patient achieve the best outcome. It is of particular importance that patients who are undergoing body contouring procedures continue to diet and exercise before their surgery to maintain their weight or lose enough weight to help them to meet their plastic surgery goals. Here are some other things you may be asked to do before your procedure:
- Complete all of your lab testings, and get a medical evaluation by your primary care physician
- Quit smoking and consuming alcohol for the duration of your surgical process, at least
- Avoid certain medications such as herbal supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, and aspirin
- Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
Following a Safe Recovery Process
Your recovery is an important aspect of the plastic surgery process. A patient can achieve the best results by following all instructions after their surgery and properly caring for their surgical wounds. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with all of your post-op recovery instructions after your surgery. Most procedures are performed as outpatient surgeries; however, you should designate a person to drive you to and from surgery and to care for you for the first 24 hours. You should keep your incisions clean and covered, and avoid exposing surgical wounds to any sun exposure. Depending on your procedure, you may have drainage tubes and individualized instructions on how to care for yourself following surgery.
If you are interested in plastic surgery, Dr. Jervis is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (925) 937-7100 or by filling out our online contact form.