Many people would like to have plastic surgery to enhance something about their appearance. However, concerns about surgical risks can stop them in their tracks. We don’t want that to happen to you. Our team prioritizes patient safety, understanding that cosmetic procedures are still surgery and therefore carry risks. We have devoted many hours to developing precise surgical techniques and protocols that can help decrease surgical risks. The work of managing the risks of surgery begins well before anyone steps foot in the operating room. Some of that work is done by you as the patient.
Managing the Risk of Bleeding
Regardless of how exciting it is to imagine the outcome of a successful plastic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or brow lift, no one likes being on the operating table. Our surgical team knows that surgery of any kind can be physically and emotionally stressful regardless of the outcome. That’s why we do everything we can to create a smooth process from consultation to recovery. Being one of the prominent surgical risks, bleeding is something a surgeon begins to manage before making any incisions. Before surgery, patients may be advised to avoid certain supplements and medications. Examples include:
- Aspirin and NSAIDs like Advil & Tylenol
- Vitamins E, C, K & B
- Herbal supplements
- Fish oils
Certain foods can affect surgical risks as well as optimal healing. Patients may also be advised to avoid caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.
Some prescription medications may contribute to increased surgical risks or poor surgical outcomes. It is important to discuss all medications and supplements with your surgeon during your consultation so there is ample time to stop or switch medications if necessary. The goal of pre-surgical recommendations is to achieve an optimally-healthy state for surgery and the weeks that follow. Our doctors have been in practice for several years and have realized that what happens before surgery can significantly impact recovery. Following the pre- and post-operative instructions provided by your doctor, you know what to expect and what choices will help you reduce the risks of your plastic surgery procedure.