Cosmetic surgery is a dream for many men and women who strive to take their looks and self-image to the next level. Once you’ve committed to getting cosmetic surgery, here are 6 tips to naturally prepare and make the most of your upcoming procedure.
1) Get enough essential nutrients
You should supplement your diet before and after surgery with high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, copper and selenium. Each plays a role in wound healing and in building the immune system thereby reducing the chance of infection. Obtaining sufficient nutrients is especially important for recovery after more comprehensive procedures, such as a tummy tuck, facelift or liposuction.
2) Stay hydrated
It is important to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of high quality water each day and especially the day prior to surgery, to help cleanse and hydrate the body. Water is especially important prior to surgery, as fluid intake is reduced the day of surgery.
3) Don’t take Aspirin
Aspirin is not recommended prior to surgery because it is an anti-coagulant (blood thinner) and can promote bleeding during surgery. Any products containing Aspirin should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery.
4) Don’t smoke before or after surgery
Smoke inhibits wound healing because less oxygen is supplied to the body’s cells. In addition, smoking increases the risk of complications during surgery.
5) Participate in relaxation techniques
Listening to relaxation tapes or soothing music, taking a yoga or meditation class are examples of relaxation techniques that help to reduce stress.
6) Build a support structure
Rely on your family and friends to help you during the stressful time of a surgery. From assisting with household chores to providing emotional support, having them around can be a big plus.