If you’re planning liposuction for the arms, it’s important to know how to get ready for your surgery. There are several things you should do to prepare for this popular procedure. Being well-prepared will ensure you get the best outcome from your treatment. Here are five things you need to do and keep in mind before the big day.
The first way to prepare for your surgery is to make sure you follow your surgeon’s advice regarding medications. Your surgeon may advise you to take some medications before you undergo surgery. He or she may also advise you to stop taking others or to alter the amount you take. For example, if you take NSAIDs, aspirin, vitamin E or certain herbal supplements, your surgeon may tell you to stop. This is because they could make you bleed more during your procedure.
Nicotine Replacement Products
If you’re a smoker, your surgeon will advise you to quit beforehand. At the very least, he or she will tell you to stop for a few weeks before you undergo liposuction. This is because smoking can slow down healing and can lead to complications post-surgery. Scarring can be worse in smokers, and blood clots are more likely. Nicotine replacement products will help you to give up the habit. Remember, though, it’s the nicotine in cigarettes that causes poor healing. Therefore, give yourself plenty of time to quit completely before your procedure.
Being at or close to your ideal body weight is essential to get the best outcome from liposuction. Therefore, it’s important to shed any excess pounds before your procedure. However, you shouldn’t go on a crash diet. This could result in weight loss that’s impossible to maintain. After your surgery, you could then put a lot of weight back on. This would negatively affect the outcome of your procedure. Stock up on healthy snacks, such as fruit and nuts, instead of cookies and candy bars. By switching to a well-balanced diet, you can implement a long-lasting lifestyle change to maintain long term.
A Tray of Essential Items
When you first come home from your surgery, you will want all your essentials in easy reach. You will experience some pain and swelling initially after your procedure. You should also avoid any strenuous arm activities. You should ensure you can easily access everything you require without straining or stretching. Keep a tray near your bed or sofa for the first couple of days with vital items on it. This will make your early days post-surgery much easier.
A Helping Hand
Arranging for someone to help you after your surgery is essential. You’ll need somebody to drive you home after your procedure. You could also benefit from someone to assist with your children or pets. Someone should also stay with you for one night after your surgery just to make sure you’re OK.
Preparing for Liposuction Surgery
Contact the Artlipo team today to find out more about our Celebrity Arms procedure. We can give you all the advice you need about its benefits and how to prepare for the best result.
Dr. Meegan Gruber is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice since 2005. She is a native Floridian who was born in Miami. Dr. Gruber attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with honors with a double major in Molecular Biology and Ethnic Studies and a minor in Fine Art.