Plastic surgery is a procedure aimed to transform you for the better, but the outcome can sometimes vary according to the patient. Factors such as physical health and lifestyle are attributes that can affect a patient’s success and recovery. The journey of a successful plastic surgery begins by assessing yourself to determine your eligibility for plastic surgery. Medications to avoid During consultation, your doctor might advise you to refrain from taking certain types of medication. For instance, any medication containing aspirin should be avoided a week before the surgery. This is because aspirin is believed to increase bleeding during and after plastic surgery. It is important to notify your doctor of all the medications you are currently taking so that you can be sure there is no aspirin in them. Avoid taking green tea, Vitamin E and certain herbal remedies a week before surgery. Surgeons believe that these substances can interfere with anesthesia, blood clotting, and healing after plastic surgery. Your surgeon should give you a list of medications that must be avoided before surgery. These include: • Choline saliclate • Celecoxib • Diclofenac sodium • Diclofenac potassium • Magnesium salicylates (Tricosal, Trisilate) • Diflunisal • Etodolac (lodine) • Indomethacin (indocid) • Ibuprofen • Fenoprofen • Valdecoxib (bextra) • Meloxicam (Mobic) • Rofecoxib (Vioxx) • Sulindac (clinoril) • Oxaprozin(daypro) Other substances to avoid: • Garlic • Valerian • Feverfew • Echinacea • Ephedra • Ginger • Fish oil • Clopidogrel • Coumadin • Warfarin sodium • Plavix • Kava kava • Ginko biloba Also remember to disclose your medical history to your doctor, who should be a board-certified individual that you feel comfortable with. Choose a doctor who you can confide your personal details to without fear of judgment. A healthy patient-doctor relationship with honest communication is key to a successful surgery. Avoid smoking Avoid smoking at least a month before plastic surgery. Not only is it an unhealthy habit in general, nicotine is believed to affect blood flow and can cause swelling. Smoking also affects recovery time and the overall healing process. Consult with your doctor on the soonest time that you can resume smoking after surgery to avoid possible complications. Foods to avoid Avoid foods that have high amounts of fiber at least a day before plastic surgery. Most surgeons normally advise their patients to avoid certain fruits and vegetables before surgery. This is because these foods take time to digest and it is important to have little or no food in your system during surgery. Alcoholic and some non-alcoholic beverages can increase the risk of infection and excessive bleeding. Avoid consumption at least three weeks before the surgery. Green tea interferes with anesthesia and can negatively affect your blood pressure and heart rate. Avoid drinking green tea for at least a week before surgery. Conclusion Plastic surgery, just like any form of surgery, requires you to be in the peak of health. It is important to have a thorough consultation with your surgeon to assess your lifestyle and physical condition to avoid possible complications. Make sure to get as much rest as possible before surgery. Ask your doctor for more do’s and dont’s in preparation for your surgery to ensure a safe and successful operation.