The first step after making the decision to have plastic surgery is to have a consultation with the plastic surgeon.. The plastic surgeon will evaluate the patient and determine if the surgery is appropriate for the patients current state of health.
Surgery planning, physiological assessment before operation and post operation care are important to having a successful operation.
Women should ideally count the date according to menstruation at half of its cycle, because during the cycle there is higher bleeding and therefore higher risk of complications. About 14 days before operation the patient shouldn't take any medication which could influence bleeding [aspirin, Ibuprofen etc.]
Before operation in local or total anesthesia is necessary to accomplish at your physician complete physiological assessment before operation [EKG, blood picture, basic biochemical check of blood and urine, (bleeding and coagulation time).
For abdominal, breast operations and larger liposuctions, is necessary to have a gynecological examination. Additional ultrasound and mammography examinations are required for breast operations. Usually, the patient checks in the hospital in the same day when operation will be performed. The patient should not have anything to drink, eat or smoke 12 hours before operation.
In order to minimize scaring after the stitches are removed, patients are advised to apply light pressure massage several times a day. Usually this is done using light moisturizer cream and applying gentle downward finger pressure. A straight gentle downward pressure is applied with the fingers for about 30 seconds, and then released. This sequence is done about 10 times, 3 times each day during the first month. It is very important to take care of new scars during this time to reduce scaring. Over the course of a year, the scars will eventually get whiter and finer and become nearly invisible.