IntroductionWhen considering plastic surgery, many patients forget that no matter how simple the intervention is, its success, as well as a fast recovery period, is greatly dependent on the measures taken by the patient.Certain changes in lifestyle such as eating healthy and balanced can be extremely beneficial before plastic surgery as they can speed up the recovery process. Moreover, feeling anxious before going under the knife is completely natural, and this is why it is important for the patient to be prepared for the surgery, both physically and emotionally. Another important factor that will weigh heavily towards the success of your procedure is good communication with your plastic surgeon as well as the anesthetist.In this article, we will discuss how you can prepare for plastic surgery and what are the ten most important things you need to buy before going to your appointment. How to prepare for plastic surgeryAs we have mentioned many times, plastic surgery involves incisions and the patient is subjected to certain risks. Getting bigger breasts and buttocks is not as easy as changing your hairstyle, despite what you might have heard on TV. This means that preparation is essential. Communicate openly with the plastic surgeonIt is rarely the case for a patient to achieve satisfactory results after the intervention if the communication with the surgeon lacked in understanding. The reasons behind this are very simple. Unlike other types of surgical interventions performed to restore the functionality of an organ or to cure a health condition, plastic surgery is all about the patient’s desires and needs. And these needs are different from one patient to another. One patient will want bigger breasts, but with a discreet augmentation and a natural shape. Another will want to have perfectly round, augmented breasts that are very high on the chest and stand out looking anything but natural. Different people, different needs, different methods to provide the desired results. The plastic surgeon must evaluate the patient and offer recommendations, but in the end, it is the patient’s decision which way the surgery will go.Even from the initial consultation, you will need to tell the plastic surgeon everything about your medical history. Do you have any allergic predisposition? Are you currently on any kind of treatment? Do you take vitamins and minerals on a daily basis? Even something as common as birth control pills need to be mentioned during the pre-operative consultation. There are medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory pills, vitamin E and certain food supplements (usually with ginseng or garlic extract) that can increase blood flow. This is why the surgeon might ask you to stop taking them a few weeks before the procedure is scheduled. Also, make it a priority to talk to the surgeon about your hopes and fears to allow him to assess the realism of your expectations and if they are doable or not. Give up smokingSmoking delays healing and you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks before the surgery. Smoking should also be avoided for at least two to three weeks after the surgery, so make sure you are ready to comply with the surgeon’s recommendation before scheduling your intervention. Take all the mandatory testsSome surgeons will recommend a minimal batch of tests before surgery while others will ask you to take more out of consideration for your well-being during and after the surgery. Depending on your age and health condition, the surgeon will advise you to undergo certain medical tests before any type of surgical intervention. There are a few mandatory blood tests but also tests to check the condition of the heart, lungs, and different parts of the body that will be targeted by the procedure. Measures you need to take at homeFor at least 6 to 8 hours prior to surgery, it is recommended for the patient not to drink or eat anything. At the same time, in most cases, all medication intake should be stopped, unless you have a green light from the anesthetist. It is also recommended to shower and clean the area where the surgery will be performed. Here are ten things you need to buy before plastic surgery:Food and drinksWhen returning from the hospital after the procedure, we can assure you that you will be in no mood for a trip to the store to get food for lunch. This is why we recommend our patients to buy food and drinks and other day-to-day necessities before the procedure. You will want to stock up on vegetables and fruits, lean meats and whole grain cereals as they will help you fight constipation that sometimes occurs after a surgery. Make sure to buy enough to last you a few days.EntertainmentIt might sound funny, but you will have quite some time on your hands during the recovery period, so make sure you have entertainment available. Is there a book you wanted to read for quite some time and never got around it? You will have time now, so why not get it before the surgery? You can also consider games, movies, whatever you think will keep you entertained. After many plastic surgery interventions such as breast and buttock enhancement procedures and tummy tucks, the patient is advised to limit certain body movement. This means that you should get plenty of rest and not put pressure on the surgical sites.Ice packsYou will be happy to have these around the house, especially for the first week after surgery. During this time, the swelling after surgery is still obvious and applying ice packs on the areas treated will help with reducing the inflammation and also provide you some relief from the pain and discomfort. Make sure to apply the ice on a piece of cloth and not directly on the skin and don’t keep it on for more than 10 to 20 minutes at a time.Medication and supplementsYour plastic surgeon might advise you to get medication and supplements after you are discharged from the medical facility. It would be easier to hit the pharmacy before going to the operating room. Make sure to get only what your surgeon recommends and nothing else.Compression garmentsSome plastic surgeons will provide compression garments required to be worn during the recovery period; others will just advise you on what to get. Wearing compression garments can significantly improve the results of your surgical intervention, so make sure you get them to wear as soon as the operation is over.Comfortable clothingAre you going in for a breast augmentation? Then you certainly need some comfortable clothing after the procedure. Before anything else, ample arm movements are to be avoided, so you will need enough shirts or blouses with buttons in the front that can easily be put on or taken off. After any type of augmentation procedure, you will need some clothes to fit your new and improved body feature.Comfortable sitting/sleeping accessoriesAre you undergoing a buttock enhancement procedure? Then you will need at least a pillow that you can use when sitting down, as sitting directly on your buttocks is not recommended for at least three weeks. If you are having a tummy tuck, you will need a chaise longue or plenty of pillows to put behind your back to maintain your body in a flexed position all the time.ThermometerIf you don’t have one around the house, now would be a good time to get it. It will help you monitor your temperature. High fever is a sign of infection that you want to detect as soon as possible to get treatment.DressingsAfter being discharged from the medical facility, you will have to change the dressings yourself after cleaning the surgical wounds.Antibacterial soapThe most efficient way to avoid post-operative infection is to keep the incision sites clean. Use an antibacterial soap and follow the surgeon’s instructions when caring for the wound. ConclusionAside from the physical preparation and the things that you need to get to make your recovery period smoother and faster, keep in mind that optimism will speed up the healing process as well.Having already bought the things you will need after surgery should give you a certain peace of mind that you are ready and prepared. This will help you fight the pre-operative anxiety and the post-operative stress.Among the things that you will need are healthy food and drinks, entertainments, dressings and the prescribed medication, suitable clothing, ice packs, and sitting and sleeping accessories that will make your life easier.