In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the simple ways that our plastic surgery facilities, along with any other such reputable facilities, go about ensuring safety and sanitation during any and all procedures we carry out. Safety is the single most important priority for us during any procedure we’re performing on your behalf, and we take major precautions here — and also advise our patients to do the same.
At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we’re proud to offer the very best plastic surgery procedures to clients throughout Utah, from mommy makeovers and body sculpting to breast surgery, rhinoplasty and more. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll switch gears slightly and discuss some of the top recommendations we often make to clients on how to prepare for any upcoming procedure with safety in mind.
Choosing a Reputable, Certified Surgeon
First and foremost, it’s critical that you choose a reputable and certified surgeon to carry out your procedure. This may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s one that’s often overlooked in the excitement leading up to surgery. Doing your research on a potential surgeon ahead of time is crucial, and you should always check things like their board certification, experience level and online reviews before making a decision.
Additionally, make sure you choose a surgeon who operates out of an accredited facility — this accreditation should come from organizations like the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the Joint Commission or similar.
Be Honest About Medical History
A key part of ensuring your safety during and after surgery is being completely honest with your surgeon about your medical history. This includes any and all medications you’re currently taking, as well as any allergies or reactions you have to medication. Additionally, let them know if you’ve had any surgeries in the past, even if they weren’t related to plastic surgery, as this can impact the way your body reacts to anesthesia and other medications.
Stop Smoking in Advance
If you smoke, it’s important that you stop at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. Smoking significantly increases the risk of complications during and after surgery, so quitting — even for a short period of time — can make a big difference.
Get Plenty of Rest
Getting plenty of rest is important for your overall health, but it’s especially crucial before surgery. The night before your procedure, make sure you get a full eight hours of sleep, and avoid drinking any alcohol in the 24 hours leading up to surgery.
Follow All Surgeon Directions
Ahead of your surgery, your surgeon will likely give you a list of pre-op instructions to follow. It’s important that you take these directions seriously and follow them to the letter. These instructions are in place for a reason, and following them can help reduce your risk of complications during and after surgery.
The above are just a few of the recommendations we often make to our clients here at the Utah offices of Steven Warnock MD. To learn more about preparing for your upcoming procedure, or to schedule a consultation with our team, contact us today.