Undergoing plastic surgery entails a certain level of preparation in a vast majority of cases. The patient will receive a set of instructions from the plastic surgeon after undergoing the pre-operative consultation when the procedure is scheduled. Among these instructions are also things you should avoid a month before getting plastic surgery. Here are just some of them: – Smoking Many patients are surprised and don’t understand why the plastic surgeon can be very firm about quitting smoking a month before undergoing the procedure. The recommendation is to stop smoking three to six weeks prior to undergoing plastic surgery. This is important for the patient’s well-being, and it will help you avoid potential complications that could occur after the procedure due to the lack of proper oxygenation of the tissues. Keep in mind that smoking should also be avoided for the same amount of time after the surgery to ensure good results and to minimize the risks. Among the risks that are increased for patients who smoke are infection, wound dehiscence, and delayed wound healing. Smoking can also lead to the death of the fat cells transferred during a lipofilling procedure. – Birth control medication Birth control pills are associated with a side effect known as deep vein thrombosis. This complication is caused by the formation of a blood clot. Surgery is another factor that increases the chances of developing a blood clot, especially if the surgery is performed on the lower part of the body. To minimize the risk of getting deep vein thrombosis, the plastic surgeon will ask you to avoid taking birth control medication a month before getting plastic surgery. However, make sure to choose alternative birth control options to avoid pregnancy as this will also make you ineligible to undergo the procedure. – Strict diets Strict diets, as well as overeating, should be avoided for a month before the surgery. However, the recommendation is firmer for patients undergoing procedures involving fat transfer, breast enhancement or a tummy tuck. To achieve good results and to be able to sustain them over time easily, the patient needs to have a normal weight that has been stable for at least a few months. If you lose weight before a fat transfer, the surgeon might not have enough fat to work with. Also, the appearance of the breasts, tummy, and buttocks can be affected by considerable weight fluctuations, so better keep a light, healthy and balanced diet before any type of plastic surgery. Also, keep in mind that the surgery entails trauma for the body that will need to be in top condition to recover quickly. A strict diet can weaken the immune system and cause delayed recovery.