The first step when considering plastic surgery or any cosmetic procedure is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon, where you can discuss your desires regarding your appearance and what to expect during and after the procedure. At this time, the doctor can help you to assess the risks and compare the benefits of surgery, as well as explore all different options to achieve the look that you want.
After you schedule your procedure, you will usually have to see the doctor for a pre-operative visit, at which time you will receive specific instructions regarding how to prepare for surgery. These include guidelines on eating, drinking, quitting smoking, and taking or avoiding certain medications. It is important that you pay attention to the instructions you are given and follow them closely leading up to your surgery. As a general guideline, you will need to quit smoking, chewing nicotine gum, or nicotine patches about two weeks before the procedure.
Smoking can have a disastrous effect on how well you heal from the surgery. You may also need some blood tests, and a physical exam to be performed. Some patients should receive a medical clearance from their primary physician to undergo a cosmetic procedure. At your preoperative visit, you will also have photographs taken and you can discuss your expectations from the surgery you are planning to have. It is very important that at this stage, the doctor completely understands what your desires and expectations are, this will ensure a positive outcome.
If your procedure involves anesthesia or sedation, you should also arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgery and help you out around the house afterwards, if needed. This is because sedatives may remain in your bloodstream for about 24 hours after the procedure and may cause dizziness, sleepiness, and disorientation after surgery. Most cosmetic procedures are considered an outpatient surgery and are performed at our certified and accredited private outpatient surgical facility.
If you want more information about preparation for a specific procedure, or are interested in exploring plastic surgery options, you need to contact Dr. Yuly Gorodisky, a Ventura plastic surgeon at the West Coast Plastic Surgery Center. Dr. Yuly Gorodisky is devoted to provide patients the best results with maximum comfort. Call the office today 866-909-2945 to schedule a consultation!