The Importance Of Avoiding Certain Medication Before Plastic Surgery Introduction The decision to undergo surgery is rarely a simple decision, especially when it comes to plastic surgery. Unlike other procedures performed to save the patient’s life or improve health, plastic surgery is commonly performed with aesthetic goals in mind. Plastic surgery is elective, and in a vast majority of cases, the procedures are performed long in advance to give the patient time to prepare properly. The preparation for plastic surgery is an important stage of the process. Any surgery performed for cosmetic purposes requires mental and physical preparation. In this article, we will discuss the preparation for plastic surgery and the importance to avoid certain medication before the procedure. Getting ready for plastic surgery There are certain things you need to do to make sure you are well-prepared to undergo plastic surgery. The preparation stage is important both to ensure a fast and smooth recovery period and to achieve the best results possible. Get to know the plastic surgeon When undergoing plastic surgery, you choose the plastic surgeon. This means that you need to find someone who you can trust with more than your aesthetic appearance, but also with your health and well-being. The plastic surgeon needs to be well-versed in the practice of plastic surgery, board-certified, but also with a deep knowledge of aesthetics and the human body and someone you have great communication with. Often, patients undergoing plastic surgery achieve unsatisfactory results due to poor communication with the plastic surgeon. This can be avoided if you find someone who you can talk honestly and openly with even from the first meeting. Communicating your goals in clear words is important, and it will also give the plastic surgeon the opportunity to tell you if your expectations are reasonable and can be accomplished. You can research the plastic surgeon online and find all the information you can about him, then schedule a meeting to see what his recommendations are for your particular case. During the pre-operative consultation, the plastic surgeon will also provide you with a list of medication to avoid before undergoing the procedure and ask about any current treatment you might be taking. Get all the details about the surgery Most patients interested in undergoing plastic surgery will research online about the details of the surgery and how it is usually performed. However, it is only during the consultation with the plastic surgeon that you will get the whole picture of what the procedure entails. Each procedure is customized to the patient. This means that there are no two breast augmentations alike, even if they use the same kind of implant. The results of the procedure as well as the surgical plan to be followed are greatly dependent on the initial anatomy of the patient and the condition of the tissues, as well as the goals he or she wants to achieve with the surgery. Knowing what will happen during the procedure is important to reduce the pre-operative anxiety that can occur before plastic surgery. Moreover, you will get information about how you need to behave before the procedure to avoid complications. For example, when talking about medication to be avoided before plastic surgery, it is a well-known fact that certain medication, as well as natural supplements, can trigger post-op complications such as excessive bleeding and blood clotting. The risk of developing these complications can be significantly reduced if the patient understands how taking these medications can influence the post-op development. Share your full medical history It is crucial to the success of your surgery for the plastic surgeon to know all the medical aspects of your condition, especially ones related to chronic conditions such as pulmonary conditions or diabetes. Nowadays, most plastic surgeons will operate on patients with chronic conditions or patients under treatment, but it is essential for them to know what they are dealing with to better prepare for the surgery. Moreover, the plastic surgeon and the anesthetist should also know if you have different allergies to medication or if you ever had an allergic reaction to anesthesia in the past. If you are taking treatment before the procedure, chances are your plastic surgeon will work with your doctor and reduce, increase, or stop treatment for a few weeks before and after the surgery, depending from case to case. Make sure to talk to the plastic surgeon about the supplements and vitamins you currently take. Some of these can cause complications. The plastic surgeon will tell you what medication can be taken without problems and what is important to avoid before plastic surgery. Importance of avoiding certain medication before surgery Many patients want to know if there are medications that need to be avoided before or after a plastic surgery procedure. Depending on the type of procedure to be performed and the anesthesia used, the plastic surgeon might ask you to stop or reduce the quantity of medication that you normally take. Nowadays more and more patients take natural supplements. While these natural products can be beneficial for all sorts of health conditions, taking them before plastic surgery can be dangerous and increase the risks of developing a complication during or after the operation. Generally speaking, if you haven’t discussed the issue with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation and you can’t get in touch with him before the procedure, the recommendation is to avoid any type of natural supplements two weeks before the date of the surgery. Among the natural supplements that should be stopped or avoided before surgery are: – Ginger: It is a good anti-spastic and anti-inflammatory medication. Ginger supplements are often used to prevent nausea and for appetite. While it can be beneficial to fight post-operative nausea, using ginger supplements can interfere with blood coagulation and can also interfere with cardiac medication and anti-coagulant medication. – Ginkgo Biloba: It is used as an antioxidant and blood circulation activator. It has an anticoagulant effect that can trigger excessive bleeding during or after surgery. – Ginseng: Also known for its anticoagulant properties, it is used to improve physical and cognitive performance, as well as mood and metabolism. It can alter the effects of cardiac, hypertensive and anti-diabetic medication, so it should be avoided at least two weeks before plastic surgery. Aside from natural supplements, there are other types of medications to be avoided before plastic surgery, such as: – Medication containing aspirin and certain types of anti-inflammatory medications: These types of pills have a negative effect on the ability of the blood to coagulate and increases the risk of intra-operative and post-operative bleeding. For at least two weeks before surgery, you should check the indications on any pill that you take, even if a prescription was not necessary to get them, to make sure they don’t contain aspirin and they don’t have an anti-coagulant effect. If you are experiencing a minor discomfort or pain during those two weeks before the procedure, ask your plastic surgeon what medication is safe to take. – Birth control pills: Treatment with birth control pills needs to be stopped a month before the procedure. The patient is advised to find and use another contraceptive period during this time as birth control pills interfere with blood coagulation and can trigger the formation of blood clots after the procedure. This is a severe complication that can be avoided by not taking birth control pills close to the surgery date. Conclusion It is important for the patient to understand that the preparation stage is an important part of the process of achieving satisfactory results after plastic surgery and avoiding severe complications. The details of the operative plan and the list of dos and don’ts before and after plastic surgery will be discussed with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation. Certain medication, as well as natural supplements, taken in the two weeks before the procedure can increase the risk of the patient developing complications. Taking certain anti-inflammatory medication and especially ones containing aspirin can trigger excessive bleeding during and after surgery due to their anticoagulant effects. At the same time, not interrupting birth control treatment a month before the procedure can cause blood clots that are a severe and life-threatening complication. Make sure to discuss the issue of what medication to avoid before plastic surgery in detail with your plastic surgeon.