Whatever your plastic surgery intervention might be, you should be aware of certain essential information before undergoing surgery for aesthetic purposes. More than this, you need to spend some time carefully planning your plastic surgery intervention. Despite what some people seem to believe, going under the knife for a plastic surgery procedure is not as simple as going to the hairdresser for a change of look. Plastic surgery leaves behind permanent scars in most cases and the results can be long term or permanent. What some patients fail to understand is that your body might never be the same after undergoing plastic surgery. Even something as simple as an abdominal liposuction will sculpt your body in a manner that may or may not satisfy you. Your body might never get to look the same as before. From a medical point of view, it is only rarely that surgical interventions are performed in a certain season. What truly matters in choosing the right time to undergo surgery is the availability of the patient for recovery that may take up to three weeks, depending on the specifics of each procedure. After the surgery, the patient will experience changes for up to six or nine months, as this is how long it usually takes for the scars to mature and heal. Can you go in for your intervention right after work? Some procedures don’t require many preparations in advance just following some simple recommendations, but for others the surgeon might even advise you to take a few days off before the surgery to prepare and relax. It is normal to feel anxious before surgery. To make sure that the plastic surgery is a pleasurable and safe experience, here are some tips to help you feel safe and in control. Consider a time frame When contemplating going under the knife, you should also consider the length of the procedure and how long it will take until you are fully recovered. If you are very busy at work or at home, think about whether you can take the necessary time off to recover. After complex procedures such as breast and buttock augmentations, it might take a few days until you will be able to resume your daily activities. It is a good idea to consider if you can get someone to help you at home with the chores during this period of time. Keep in mind that the key to a fast recovery is giving your body enough time to relax as much as possible. If during that time you will be pressured to do things that must be avoided (such as strenuous movements to do chores), you will just put yourself under more unnecessary stress and this will lengthen the recovery time. Recovery The recovery period is different from patient to patient, depending on the intervention. Before making the final decision, discuss this topic with your plastic surgeon and make sure you understand and accept all that will happen during the recovery period. The plastic surgeon will advise you on what activities you can and can’t do during recovery. The plastic surgeon has the responsibility to prepare you for what is to come. Even if the recovery doesn’t require the patient to be on bed rest all the time, it might be helpful to have someone who can offer you support during the first week. Most patients are confronted only with a mild level of pain and discomfort, with pain medications prescribed to help them manage. However help will still be needed, as certain activities should be avoided shortly after the intervention. It is about little things such as opening and closing car doors after getting breast implants. Complete arm movement should be avoided for at least a month to allow the pectoral muscle to heal and recover properly. In the case of buttock implants, you will be advised not to sit down directly on your butt for extended periods of time. This means that if you need to return to a desk job shortly after the intervention, you might find it difficult to maintain the results of the procedure. Preparing for surgery Plastic surgery is different from other types of surgeries because it is elective and the patients pay for it themselves. Medical insurances don’t cover plastic surgery interventions performed for aesthetic purposes. This is why it is important that after you have chosen the type of surgery that you want, think about the costs and how the payments are going to be made. Will you get a loan? Will you take more time to save the necessary amount of money? Nowadays there are plenty of financial options available. You can even ask your plastic surgeon about what alternatives are available. Aside from the money that you need to pay for the intervention, you might also need some additional cash for incidentals. Keep in mind that with a little preparation and planning, you won’t have anything to worry about your plastic surgery intervention. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations Plastic surgery interventions are not easy procedures and we need to give them proper attention both pre and post-operatively. Not taking into consideration the plastic surgeon’s recommendation can land the patient in a lot of trouble, as well as prone to developing severe complications such as infection. The decision to correct an aesthetic imperfection should always be taken together with the plastic surgeon. He is the one to decide whether the procedure you desire is necessary and will suggest if there are better alternatives. The plastic surgeon will inform you about the risks and potential complications that are associated with any type of surgery. Planning Your plastic surgeon will tell you that the planning and preparation for undergoing aesthetic surgery start approximately 4 to 6 weeks in advance. Birth control treatments should be stopped at this time, as well as other types of medications and supplements. The patient is also advised not to use weight loss medication. To be able to go under the knife, the patient needs to be in good health and emotional condition prior to surgery. Two weeks before the intervention, the patient should stop administering any type of medicine that contains aspirin. Smoking is also strongly discouraged two weeks before the surgery as it can interfere with wound healing. It is essential for patients to avoid excessive sun exposure on the areas to be treated with plastic surgery, as well as restrictive diets for at least two weeks in advance. When scheduling the intervention, keep in mind that you should avoid having it during your menstrual cycle. Conclusion A plastic surgery intervention is not a walk in the park. It comes associated with risks and complications and requires proper planning and preparing. The patient is advised to clear her schedule for at least a few days after the surgery and to have someone around to help with the daily chores, as there are certain activities that need to be avoided for days or even weeks after the intervention.