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How You Should Prepare for Surgery

Before undergoing any type of surgery, most of the time, your surgeon will describe the procedure to you so that you know what will happen and have an idea of what you can expect from the surgical procedure.


Upon consultation, the surgeon will also let you know what you should and should not do before the surgery.


It might also be quite helpful for you to know how you should prepare for your surgery on your own so it would not come as a shock when the doctor finally advises you on what to do.


For most surgeries, you would be asked to bathe or cleanse your body before the procedure. Some doctors will require you to use a specific bathing soap, usually issued by the clinic or the hospital, to ensure that your body will be cleansed thoroughly.


Major surgical procedures and most surgeries that involve the digestive system require fasting for hours before the scheduled surgery. The length of time for fasting depends on the type of surgery: there are procedures that require fasting for 12 hours, there is some that call for the fasting for 8 hours. During fasting, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything.


More often than not, surgeries will involve using anesthesia on the patient to block the pain. One of the common side effects of anesthesia is drowsiness or dizziness, therefore you should prepare for it by having someone accompany you – especially on your way home from the clinic if it will be an outpatient surgery. Even if it will be an inpatient surgery, you still need someone to assist you (help you eat, help you when you need to go to the toilet, and so on).


There will also be medications that the doctor will disallow you to take prior to surgery. This could include something as common as aspirin, so you have to pay attention to what your doctor has to say to guard your own safety.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery

Today, there are millions of people from all around the world who have experienced getting cosmetic surgeries: nose lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, and many other types of surgeries to enhance one’s natural beauty.


Seeing numerous celebrities do it almost every day, it is unsurprising why so many people are interested in getting one for themselves. If you are interested in trying it, too, there are several things you have to take into consideration first and there are important questions to ask yourself:


Why do you want to get cosmetic surgery, anyway?


Before anything else, you have to admit to yourself why you want to undergo cosmetic surgery. Do you have any underlying problem that pushes you to go under the knife? Do you suffer from depressive thoughts from time to time and you think it will be cured by having some physical enhancements? The thing is, at times, there are some individuals who think that aesthetic surgery will help get rid of depression or other mental disorders – while, in reality, it will not. If you are suffering from depression, consult a mental health professional instead so you can get to the root of the problem.


Are there any other non-surgical ways to achieve the result you want?


While there’s nothing that could stop you from getting a cosmetic surgery if you really want it, you should also ask yourself if there are alternative ways for you to get the physical changes you want. For instance, if you want to lose weight through liposuction, have you considered trying following a strict low-fat diet and engaging in the regular workout instead? A healthy diet and regular physical exercise will cost way less (and hurt less) than undergoing cosmetic surgery.


Are you fit enough to undergo surgery?


Cosmetic surgery is still a surgical procedure. You have to be physically fit to ensure that you will be safe during the actual procedure. Prior to booking your appointment for an aesthetic surgery, consult a doctor and make sure that you have no health problems that could have an impact on the surgery you are about to have.