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Preparing for Plastic Surgery

Courtesy of Dr. Gawley – Phoenix, AZ Breast Surgeon


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It is not unusual to question the decision to have plastic surgery many times before actually preparing for the surgery. This is normal. Having cosmetic surgery takes courage. Many doubts will race through your head before surgery. You will be concerned about rational issues such as risk of infection or whether you will be satisfied with the result. You may also be concerned about irrational issues such as, “will I wake up after surgery?” The central theme to these concerns is the same basic question: is it really worth it? Only you can answer this question. It is natural to have last-minute anxiety, or even concerns. The plastic surgeon should address all your concerns. Only you can prevent or reduce your own anxieties. Hopefully this information will help to get you there.

The Day of Cosmetic Surgery

In preparation for plastic surgery, DON’T eat or drink anything unless otherwise instructed by your plastic surgeon. This may seem like a terrible way to start an already anxious day, but there is a reason. Your stomach must be empty during surgery to minimize the risk of vomiting and make your procedure as safe as possible. If you take prescription medications, ask your plastic surgeon whether or not you should take them the morning of surgery with a sip of water. ALWAYS leave your jewelry at home. Do NOT drive yourself to surgery.

When you arrive at the surgery center, you’ll change into a gown. The nurse or anesthesiologist will check your vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate). The cosmetic surgeon will make marks with a felt pen before surgery and may take additional pre-operative photographs. You may be given a sedative before being brought into the operating room.

After Cosmetic Surgery

Following most operations, you will be allowed to go home when you are awake and alert. For extensive or uncomfortable procedures, such as Tummy Tuck, breast reduction, or large-volume liposuction, an overnight stay at the hospital or clinic may be required.

For more information on preparation for plastic surgery, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Gawley, please call or email our Phoenix area plastic surgery office.

Disclaimer: The plastic surgery information throughout The Cosmetic Surgery Directory is not intended to be taken as plastic surgery advice. The information on this page is intended to provide general information about preparing for plastic surgery, but we strongly advise you to speak to your cosmetic surgeon about how he/she would like you to approach cosmetic surgery preparation. If you would like to be put in touch with a plastic surgeon from your area, please Click Here. This website is not intended for viewing or usage by European Union citizens.
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