Procedures such as facial plastic surgery to minimize the signs of aging and body contouring procedures to improve the figure have been overwhelmingly successful for patients. Of course, any surgical procedure carries a degree of risk, but under the skilled and experienced hands of plastic surgeon Stephen P. Hardy, patients can feel confident that their cosmetic procedure will be safe and effective. Still, it is not just what Dr. Hardy does that helps ensure the success of treatment, but also what the patient does in the weeks and days leading up to treatment.
It is very important that patients mentally and physically prepare for their plastic surgery procedure. By adequately preparing for plastic surgery at our Missoula, MT practice, patients can minimize the risk of surgical complications and difficulties during surgical recovery.
Although the risks of plastic surgery are minimal, it is still a big undertaking that requires weeks of preparation. By preparing and making arrangements in advance, patients can minimize the stress of last-minute surgical preparations. We suggest that patients take the following steps in the weeks before plastic surgery:
The last few days before surgery can be nerve-racking. By taking the following steps, patients can feel more confident knowing that they are adequately prepared for their surgical procedure and recovery:
By the night before surgery there should not be much more for the patient to do. We suggest taking a shower, eating a light dinner (and then no food or beverages after midnight), and getting to bed early. If it is difficult to relax, patients can try breathing exercises or mediation. Rest is one of the best things a patient can get before going into plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery allows patients to address cosmetic flaws and enhance their natural beauty. If you would like to learn more about the cosmetic procedures offered by plastic surgeon Stephen P. Hardy, contact us at your earliest convenience.