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Preparing for Your Cosmetic Surgery Procedure

Cosmetic surgery is an interesting topic that may be subject to certain misconceptions. GLOW Surgical Arts want to remind you that cosmetic surgery is a well-established surgical specialty that positively changes lives. If you're reading this, though, you probably are thinking about whether cosmetic surgery is for you. Therefore, your Redwood City cosmetic surgeons Dr. Paul Gorman and Dr. Renee Marshall need to tell you about what to expect before your surgical procedure.

Preparing for cosmetic surgery goes far beyond just avoiding eating a meal starting at midnight the day before the operation. It's quite a long process that can start weeks or even months before surgery. No matter what type of cosmetic surgery you choose, GLOW Surgical Arts will provide specified advice tailored to the procedure being done, your overall level of health, and any pre-existing conditions. For many procedures, this can mean losing excessive weight. If you're having liposuction, tummy tuck, body contouring, or a mommy makeover you should be as close to your ideal weight as possible before the surgery. Even if you don't have to get to a lower weight for your procedure, all cosmetic surgeons will recommend or strongly encourage you to quit smoking at least a few weeks before a procedure.

Our cosmetic surgeons—Dr. Paul Gorman and Dr. Renee Marshall—will discuss your pre-surgical considerations with you. Two weeks before your cosmetic procedure, you may be asked to follow some additional rules, such as:

  • Discontinuing the use of herbal supplements
  • Following a healthy diet, staying hydrated
  • Stop using NSAIDs (any anti-inflammatory medication)
  • Refraining from alcohol or drugs
  • Finding a person to care for you after your procedure
  • Gathering any needed medications or after-care products

There are several considerations for the day of surgery that must be kept in mind. First, make sure you have a ride to and from surgery, and if necessary, a post-operative designated helper. Second, be physically well; any cold or illness may lead to a postponement of your procedure for your safety. Lastly, make sure you've gotten a full night's rest. Being fully rested and healthy will provide the best chance of the ideal outcome for your cosmetic procedure.

When deciding on cosmetic surgery, you should be serious. Don't make decisions based on media hype or persuasion. Make this decision for yourself. Remember that cosmetic surgery is a surgical procedure. Your health and happiness can be increased greatly, but you have to be committed to following the rules to make that happen. It's also important for you to know that the cosmetic surgeons and their team at GLOW Surgical Arts have the utmost professionalism and significant experience. Dr. Paul Gorman and Dr. Renee Marshall are here to help you understand your decision and prepare for your cosmetic surgery procedure. If you're located in the Bay Area, contact GLOW Surgical Arts at (650) 241-2209 to discuss your options in Redwood City, CA.