One of the reasons we remain a leading facial cosmetic surgery center in Orange County is our emphasis on patient wellness. We want our patients to look good and to feel good. That's why we offer detailed instruction on the pre-op and post-op process.
When it comes to any surgery, preparing for the procedure is an important part of healing. With that in mind, we want to consider why that is and what patients should consider about their lifestyle and habits before they undergo a facelift.
Healing Begins Before Surgery Is Performed
What many people do not realize is that healing begins before surgery is performed. That's right. A patient can do a lot to improve the healing process by making certain lifestyle changes prior to their procedure. These lifestyle changes promote overall wellness and reduce the chances of serious side effects and complications.
Below are just a few things that patients can do to help ensure a speedy and problem-free recovery.
Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products
Smoking and tobacco products are known to slow down the healing process. In addition, they can prolong the average time it takes to heal. Be sure to quit smoking and using chewing tobacco in the weeks leading up to surgery. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco for a few weeks after surgery as well. This could be a convenient excuse to quit for good.
Reduce Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
Alcoholic beverages have a similar effect on healing as tobacco products. Consider avoiding alcoholic beverages in the weeks before the surgical procedure. And, like tobacco, consider avoiding alcohol for a few weeks after surgery. Wait until you are healed and your surgeon gives the go-ahead to have another drink.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated
You are what you eat, and if you eat healthy, you're more likely to be in a suitable state for recovery. Be sure to eat a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Staying hydrated is also important, so be sure to drink water through the day to feel refreshed.
Exercise and Stay Active
Exercise promotes good overall health and proper blood circulation. Try to stay active and exercise regularly before your surgery is performed. This will put you in an ideal position to heal once you undergo surgery.
Stop Taking Certain Medications as Instructed by Your Surgeon
While prescription drugs are necessary for many people, certain medications can have a negative impact on surgical healing. Blood thinners, for instance, can make healing more difficult. Be sure to avoid certain medications before your surgery as instructed by your surgeon.
Consider Your Emotional Needs Before Surgery
Whether it's elective or medically necessary, a surgery can take a lot out of a person emotionally and mentally. It's important that you express concerns and discuss any anxieties you have with a member of our team as well as your loved ones. By asking questions and discussing matters, you can put your mind at ease heading into the surgical procedure.
Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery
For more information about facial rejuvenation options and how you can improve their results, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Our entire team will help you look your very best.