The results of plastic surgery impact your life both physically and emotionally. And we’re pleased to say that for the majority of patients, the changes are profoundly positive.

That being said, the potential of complications or a challenging recovery can inspire uneasy feelings in some. This is perfectly normal, and precisely why the decision to undergo treatment requires a lot of thought and preparation.

What kind of plans is needed?

Firstly, the more information you know about your procedure, pre-operative practices and recovery, the easier it is to make your plastic surgery experience more comfortable.  This should always come from your doctor. As a trained professional, who knows your medical history and the test results on your current condition, there’s no one better to help you navigate this process.

However, there are a few things every patient should do before the big day, such as:

  1. Surround yourself with positivity

Your mind is a very powerful tool, before and after surgery. Studies have shown that stress can slow down your healing process, negatively affect your immune system and increase post-operative pain.

To avoid giving in to negative thoughts, surround yourself with supportive people, read the success stories of others and perhaps even adopt a few relaxation techniques. Music, meditation and yoga are popular tools patient’s use to stay calm before treatment and remain in good spirits during recovery.

  1. Replace unhealthy habits

The use of certain substances is strictly forbidden in the days leading up to your surgery. These include smoking, drinking alcohol and following an unhealthy diet, and should be replaced by water and vitamin-rich, nutritious foods. Doctors may even recommend a few supplements to strengthen your body from the inside out.

  1. Get your current medication cleared by your surgeon

If you’re on any drugs, vitamins or herbal remedies, you need to speak to your doctor about whether they’re safe to take before your operation. This includes non-prescription drugs, such as pain killers and allergy meds.

Why? Well, certain substances, such as blood thinners, could lead to complications during your procedure like excessive bleeding and cardiovascular disturbances. Rest assured that your surgeon can recommend safe alternatives, where necessary.

  1. Take up a form of exercise

Physical activity is essential before surgery, and not just to improve your health through weight loss. It also betters your blood circulation. This can speed up your healing process and reduce the visibility of scars.

Fortunately, you don’t have to instantly begin an intense exercise regime, unless that’s recommended by your doctor. Most people can improve their plastic surgery experience and recovery by simply walking for 30 minutes a day.

  1. Ready your home for your recovery

Lastly, prepare your home for your restoration period. We suggest you stock up on food, clean your house and pay your bills before treatment. With everything ready, you can focus all your energy on getting better.

Furthermore, you need plenty of rest following your surgery and won’t be inclined or allowed to completely resume life as normal for at least a few weeks. How long you need to heal will depends on your body and the type of procedure you had.

Please note that if your doctor doesn’t mention any of these leading up to your surgery, consider it a red flag and seek a second opinion.

What other plans can you make?

Beyond the physical results, the biggest concern for most patients is plastic surgery costs. Fortunately, we can help put your mind at ease about that too. Instead of worrying about whether your medical aid covers your treatment or pay thousands of excess, make an appointment with First Health Finance.

We make applying for medical finance a stress-free process by paying for the full cost of your operation and giving you between 6 to 36 months to settle the account. With efficient turnaround times and a personalised service, it’s not surprising that more than 2000 medical practices recommend us to their patients.

So give yourself the best chance of an excellent operation and recovery by being prepared.