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Patient Memo: Preparing for Plastic Surgery

For most people, the word operation sounds a little intimidating. However, in life it may happen that the need for a change in appearance is possible only in this way. These may be different reasons. For example, you need nose plastic surgery after an injury or for some other reason, breast enlargement or reduction in women. For this, patients are given time and recommendations for psycho-emotional and physical preparation for plastic surgery.

For the convenience of patients, we offer to get a consultation on a photo. But it is worth considering that this type of counseling is not complete, since it does not give a complete picture to either the doctor or the patient. For this reason, after an online consultation, a personal consultation with a plastic surgeon is mandatory. You can make an appointment to our clinic directly on the site by filling out the form, or by calling.

At the stage of the initial examination, the plastic surgeon can ask all the questions of interest for the operation and voice his wishes, get acquainted with the possible options for plastic surgery (contour, mammo, rhino, abdominoplasty, etc.). An experienced specialist will always compare these desires with the capabilities of the human body and his own as a surgeon. Then the optimal plan for further actions is already selected for the patient and the doctor.

After agreeing on a work plan, the doctor prescribes a series of examinations. This is an integral part of the preparatory period, which will reveal complete information about previous diseases and surgical interventions, as well as give an idea in general about the clinical condition of the patient.

Laboratory examinations

General list of necessary analyzes:

  1. Allergy tests. Needed to prevent unwanted allergic reactions to drugs and anesthesia.
  2. General and biochemical analysis of blood.
  3. Infectious studies (HIV infection, hepatitis, syphilis, etc.). Often this becomes a reason to cancel the operation.
  4. Study of the cardiovascular system. A cardiogram is important for determining the normal functioning of the patient’s heart.
  5. Chest x-ray (fluorography).

Based on the results of such analyzes, the surgeon will be able to objectively assess the state of the body as a whole and predict undesirable risks during plastic surgery in order to avoid them. Consultation with individual specialists may also be required. For example, with breast augmentation, a visit to a mammologist will be mandatory.

Operation Decision

When all the results are ready and showed that there are no contraindications to the operation, the day of its conduct and recommendations for preparation are appointed. If there are any reasons, then the operation is postponed until they are completely eliminated or canceled completely.

For example, the reason for the complete cancellation may be poor blood clotting or taking hormonal drugs, without which the patient can not do.

Types of anesthesia and preparation for it

The clinic of plastic surgery applies:

  1. Local anesthesia (anesthetic of local anesthesia of an individual organ or tissue).
  2. Conduction (blockade of transmission of a nerve impulse along a large nerve trunk).
  3. General anesthesia (the most potent anesthesia - introduces the patient into deep sleep, completely disconnecting him from external stimuli).

Each of these methods is selected individually by the doctor and patient, depending on the complexity of the operation, the emotional state of the patient, his age characteristics and wishes.

To perform surgery under local anesthesia, you need to undergo a series of medical examinations.

Tests for local anesthesia:

  1. General and detailed blood count for platelet count and blood coagulation rate.
  2. General urine analysis.
  3. Electrocardiogram.
  4. A blood test for hepatitis B virus antigen and a blood test for antibodies to hepatitis C viruses.
  5. Blood for HIV infection.
  6. Studies on chorionic gonadotropin (hormone).
  7. X-ray examination of the chest.

For surgery under general anesthesia, you need:

  • Analysis of urine.
  • A blood test for clotting speed and platelet count.
  • Blood sugar test.
  • Biochemical blood test (bilirubin; renal tests - creatinine, urea; electrolytes - potassium, sodium).
  • Electrocardiogram.
  • Ultrasound examination of the veins of the lower extremities, especially when lifting the face and neck, as well as with liposuction.
  • A blood test for chorionic gonadotropin.
  • A blood test for HIV infection.
  • A blood test for hepatitis B virus antigen and antibodies to hepatitis C viruses. Without this study, doctors have no right to admit the patient not only to surgery, but even to conservative treatment.
  • Chest x-ray.
  • Ultrasound examination of the mammary glands is mandatory for plastic surgery on the chest.

All these studies will help to avoid side effects during plastic surgery and will facilitate the rehabilitation period.

Stages of preparation for plastic surgery

First of all, the patient is advised to exclude the use of hormonal drugs, including birth control. On the eve to prepare the intestines for its complete cleansing. We can also prescribe sedatives to normalize the patient’s psycho-emotional state and sleep. On the day of the operation itself, food is prohibited and, if possible, smoking should be abandoned.

The success of the plastic surgery itself and the recovery period depend on the implementation of all recommendations. Of course, this depends on the clinic and its specialists no less. Therefore, before making a decision about the operation, you can familiarize yourself with photographs of other patients before and after plastic surgery, patient reviews and information about the clinic’s specialists online. Also on the website of our clinic you can find patents and certificates.

Be young, healthy and beautiful!