Are you fully prepped for your cosmetic surgery procedure?

If you’ve never undergone a cosmetic procedure, the first one can be daunting. Like all reputable and professional clinics, we have a comprehensive pre-surgery procedure tailored for all our clients. But if you want to get ahead in your preparation, here are some tips…

Prepping for cosmetic surgery: keep tabs on your meds

You can’t use anti-inflammatory medicines for two weeks before the procedure, due to their blood-thinning properties. That includes aspirin, medications that contain aspirin, Alka-Selzer, Excedrin, Nurofen, Ibuprofen etc. If you need to use painkillers, switch to Paracetamol.

Vitamins or alternative medicines that cause clotting – such as Vitamin E, ginseng, St. Johns Wort and Gingko Boloba – are also to be avoided for two weeks, unless the practitioner has approved their use. In short: whatever you’re taking, let your practitioner know.

Prepping for cosmetic surgery: keep your weight stable

It’s crucial that you keep an eye on your weight and diet before the surgery, because your practitioner has drawn up a plan of action based on what you looked like during the consultation. Any fluctuation in weight can not only affect the results, but can increase any potential risks during surgery, so our rule of thumb is that if you have gained more than five pounds since the consultation, the procedure may have to be cancelled.

Prepping for cosmetic surgery: keep us in the loop

We will need to know if your health circumstances change, so if you experience a cold or an infection during the two-week period before the procedure, you must contact us and let us know. This won’t automatically mean the procedure will cancelled, but we may need to amend the procedure.

Prepping for cosmetic surgery: keep away from the sun

You are strongly advised to avoid prolonged exposure to intense sunlight before your procedure, because sun damage will affect the quality of your skin and compromise the quality of the procedure. Therefore, any evidence of sunburn will result in a cancellation.

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