As a leading plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, Dr. Sayah prides himself in educating his patients so they feel fully prepared for their surgery. In this blog post, Dr. Sayah shares his top five recommended lifestyle changes to make prior to your procedure.
Smoking increases your risk of serious complications and may affect the way your body heals after surgery. For these reasons, you will need to stop smoking at least four weeks before your procedure. Smoking can also affect how long your results last, so it is a good idea to avoid picking the habit back up after surgery.
Follow a Well-Balanced Diet
Eating plenty of healthy foods strengthens your immune system and reduces your risk of infection after surgery. Foods rich in vitamins A and C, zinc and copper keep your energy levels up, while lean meats rich in protein help repair injured tissue during recovery.
Practice Proper Sun Care
The healthier your skin is, the sooner and better it can recover from plastic surgery. Staying out of the sun and applying plenty of sunscreen keeps your skin firm, allowing it to regain elasticity easier than dry, flaky, sun-damaged skin following surgery. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you step outside.
Certain medications can increase your risk of surgical complications. Aspirin and other blood-thinning medications can interfere with the body’s blood-clotting mechanisms, increasing your risk of excessive bleeding. Similarly, certain supplements may react badly to anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Sayah will provide a detailed list of medications and supplements to avoid before and after surgery.
Minimize Stress Levels
It’s common for patients to feel a range of emotions prior to their surgery, from excitement to stress and anxiety. Stress, however, can negatively affect your immune system. It’s important to have the right mindset prior to surgery, in order to reduce stress. If you have questions or concerns regarding your upcoming procedure, Dr. Sayah is here to discuss them with you. He can discuss your procedure and recovery process in detail with you so you know exactly what to expect from your surgery.
If you have questions about any of these recommendations, Dr. Sayah encourages you to reach out to him and his medical team. Please call his Beverly Hills practice today at (310) 905-8405.