Visit your GP or local physician to ensure you are in good general health, have your blood pressure checked etc.
AVOID all medication that contains aspirin, NSAID's (anti-inflammatories) or any herbal / homeopathic remedies, vitamins, minerals etc. for at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
The list includes, but is not limited to, all OMEGA OILS, GARLIC CAPSULES, EVENING PRIMROSE OIL, FLAXSEED OIL, ARNICA, GINKO BILOBA, ST JOHNS WORT etc. All of these medicines interfere with blood clotting, putting you at greater risk for bleeding during and after the surgery. I will need to be informed about any medicines that you are taking on a regular basis.
SMOKING: Smoking interferes with wound healing, and increases the risk of all surgical complications. For these and all other procedures, one should stop smoking for 4 weeks pre-operatively and 4 weeks post operatively to minimize your risk of complications.
WEIGHT: Being significantly overweight is a risk factor for surgery - one should be as close as possible to one's ideal weight before surgery . CHECK YOUR BMI BY CLICKING HERE
BREASTS: If you are planning any aesthetic breast surgery, and are close to, or over the age of 40, it is strongly advised that you have a mammogram and breast ultrasound before the surgery, or at least within the preceding year.
Purchase an anti-septic body wash / shampoo (eg Betadine or Bioscrub - if you are not allergic to iodine) and use for 2 or more days pre-operatively.
Avoid alcohol the week before surgery.
You may need to purchase a pressure garment (for liposuction) or a sports bra (for breast augmentation) - I will advise you about this during the consultation.Avoid sun tanning in the days pre-op.
At your pre-operative consultation ensure that all your questions are answered and that you are confident that you understand your procedure, the risks and the likely post-operative course.Make sure that you ask
DAY OF THE SURGERY:
After any sedation procedure you may not drive for 24 hrs – please arrange transport.
Make sure of your admission time.
If you are having procedures under General Anaesthetic or deep intravenous sedation, you may not have anything to eat or drink for 6-8hrs prior to surgery.
Take a shower – use medicated soap or betadine wash.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:
- Slippers & light dressing gown
- Basic toiletries
- Loose clothing with buttons or zippers - avoid 'pull-over' clothing
- Any current medicines
- If possible leave valuables at home