How to Best Prepare Your Body Ahead of Surgery

Jun 4th 2021

Congratulations! We're sure you’re feeling pretty excited (and maybe more than a little nervous) right now, but rest assured: you’re on your way to your new self! But first, it’s important that you prepare your body for plastic surgery to ensure a smooth procedure and fast recovery. Whether you’re getting a Brazillian Butt Lift, a breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or another procedure, Dr. Barrett has curated a whole host of pre-surgery care, tips and best practices to prepare for plastic surgery.

The weeks leading up to your surgery:

● It’s very important to be as healthy as you possibly can for at least two weeks prior to your surgery. This means:

○ No fad diets;

○ No excessive exercise;

○ No alcohol for at least two weeks pre-surgery;

○ No illicit drug use for at least two weeks pre-surgery (if you’re in a legal state, cannabis is ok, so long as it isn’t smoked);

○ No smoking for a least six weeks pre-surgery;

○ For women over 50 on hormone replacement therapy, discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery

● If you’re feeling anxious, breathing exercises, like a 4-7-8 breathing technique can help calm your nerves. CBD is exceptionally helpful to treat anxiety and help you relax (Dr. Barrett swears by Wild Health CBD)

● Avoid taking anything that can cause you to bleed excessively during surgery. This includes:

○ Aspirin;

○ Ibuprofen;

○ Aleve;

○ Anything with garlic;

○ Fish oil

● One of Dr. Barrett’s most-recommended pre-op supplements is Healfast Pre-Op. Specifically formulated to prepare your body for surgery, it provides the optimal level of nutrient support for enhanced recovery after surgery. Its blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, probiotics and anti-inflammatories are designed to aid the healing process by reducing swelling, bruising and inflammation, and aiding in pain control, while also maximizing your nutritional status and preventing the depletion of key nutrients that occurs when undergoing your BBL, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or any other surgical procedure.

The night before:

● No eating or drinking after midnight (brushing your teeth and taking any medication with a very tiny bit of water are both ok)

● Make sure to remove:

○ Contact lenses;

○ Eyelash extensions

○ All jewelry and body piercings

● Make sure to shower

● Shave any body hair in the area of where your incisions might be at least 24 hours prior to your surgery to reduce the risk of infection

● Confirm you ride home after surgery, as you can’t go home by yourself. This can be a friend or a family member, and while you can’t use a ride-share service like Lyft or Uber, you can use a black car service so long as you have a companion. If needed, your surgeon should be able to arrange for a nurse to accompany you home

● Remember to bring all of your medications with you to your surgery so the nurses can review them with you.

The big day:

● Make sure you’re on time for your procedure

● Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that are easy to get on and off, like a zip-up jacket, sweatpants and a sweatshirt and keep in mind that they might get bloody

● Your surgeon should meet with you before beginning to make any markings, review your goals and answer any questions

● The most important thing not to forget: patience! Things may not run on time, but rest assured the surgical staff is there to take care of you

● Hungry after surgery? Use your appetite as your guide. Many people take it slow and be sure to start with clear fluids before eating something solid, but do avoid anything spicy for at least 24 hours after surgery.

Note: The following video is intended for only Dr. Barrett’s patients exclusively. If you have had surgery by another surgeon please follow up with that surgeon for particular details about your surgery.

Plan ahead for your BBL recovery with our ultimate post-op recovery kit and check out this video with tips, tricks and post-op instructions from Dr. Barrett himself.

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