It doesn’t matter how you want to look on the outside if your inside is not fit to receive that transformation. So, if your goal for this year 2022 is to bet on a new figure, there are several points that you must know to achieve the desired results externally, but making sure not to affect the internal.
The plastic surgeon Manuel Torreira answers some questions on the subject so that LISTÍN DIARIO readers know in depth the details they should know before, during and after undergoing plastic surgery.
What are the most important points to know?
Be in good health, choose a certified plastic surgeon, undergo evaluations at various medical consultations, prepare physically and mentally before entering the operating room. It is extremely important that the patient is well informed about the procedure to be performed, what real expectations when entering the operating room, that she knows what is going to happen in there and what to do during the postoperative process. All of this is just as important as the surgery itself.
How to prepare my body?
Before undergoing plastic surgery, it is ideal to prepare your body to optimize results. Practicing exercises, eating in a balanced way and taking vitamin supplements are some of the measures that will help a better recovery and healing. If you take birth control pills, you should stop using them for at least a month before surgery. Stopping smoking and drinking alcohol is also recommended. If you are taking medicine or suffer from any medical condition, you should communicate it to make a consultation with the specialist of the condition and know if you are suitable for surgery.
What should I know about my surgeon?
One of the most important decisions is choosing an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. You must ensure that your surgeon has the appropriate credentials and is a member of associations that ensure that they are constantly updating and growing.
What is the process to follow before obtaining the yes to go to the operating room?
The surgeon must be 100% sure that the patient is fit to enter the operating room and to achieve this he must submit the patient to a good evaluation (Anamnesis). Physical examination, blood tests, imaging, evaluations with specialists (cardiologist, anesthesiologist, pulmonologist, etc.). For this reason, your surgeon must have a trusted multidisciplinary team. Very important is the mental health of the patient and knowing that the expectations of the results are real. After the pandemic, every patient who is going to undergo surgery must undergo a Covid-19 detection test.
Is there a chance that I am not a candidate and what should I do to reverse the answer?
The answer is yes. There are several reasons why a patient is not a candidate for surgery. Very high body mass index (BMI), age, hemoglobin levels below what is necessary, bleeding disorders and certain medical conditions all influence. Now there are some reasons that can be reversed. Losing weight to improve your BMI, increasing your hemoglobin levels with meals rich in protein, iron, and folic acid. Always be honest with your surgeon, since there are certain medical conditions that he or the patient may have that if they are treated and controlled with the specialist, they can undergo surgery.
Which are the steps to follow?
Staying hydrated (2-3 liters of water daily), drinks like Electrolyt and Gatorade help, juice with vitamin C help absorb iron. Maintain a diet rich in iron (liver), protein and fiber. Recently operated patients lose their appetite a little and it is ideal to keep eating balanced. Avoid alcohol, drugs, and nicotine, as they delay healing. Make sure you keep the follow-up appointments that your surgeon gives you. Take medications at the time written in the directions. These will include antibiotics, pain relievers, gastric protectors, and blood thinners. The use of the girdles will help to achieve the desired results, as well as the lymphatic drainage massages indicated by your doctor and performed by a trained and trusted staff.
The care I should have at home after surgery
Keep the home clean before and after your surgery. Do the laundry and make sure you have clean sheets while you recover in bed. Keep in ventilated places. Avoid heat. Do not wet the wounds. Your surgeon may stop bathing and showering on recently operated wounds. The use of ‘wipes’ can be essential in the first postoperative days. It is recommended to buy a case to have all the medications that you will take after the surgery. Keep everything within reach, because the movements will be a little more limited than normal. It is ideal to restrict yourself from typical household chores.
How long does it take to get on a plane or boat if I want to travel?
It will depend on the procedures performed, usually 15-21 days.
What signs tell me that I should go back to the surgeon?
If you feel something unusual, such as fever and significant changes in general condition, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon.