Tips for Preparing for Plastic Surgery

No matter what procedure you’re considering, follow these tips to help ensure the best results:

  • Follow Dr. Buford’s instructions! Once you schedule your procedure, we will provide you with pre-op and post-op instructions. These aren’t suggestions; they are rules to follow if you want the best possible outcome.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Make sure you’re in good general health and at an appropriate weight for your height. If you’re too heavy or too thin, you add extra and unnecessary risks during surgery.
  • Eat right. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet while waiting for the date of your surgery. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Get at least 20–25 percent of your daily calories from protein each day to ensure proper cell development and healing.
  • Drink lots of water. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids to sustain your blood and tissue health. Ideally, you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. It’s a good habit to develop.
  • Stop smoking. If you smoke, you should stop at least three weeks before your surgery. Smoking impedes your blood circulation, damages your skin, and slows healing. Some surgeons won’t even operate on smokers.
  • Come clean. Tell us about any vitamins, herbs, or supplements you’re taking. Some can interfere with surgery. For example, vitamin E and medications like ibuprofen can cause excessive bleeding.
  • Get your head together. Prepare yourself psychologically for the responses you may receive from others—both positive and negative. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, especially during your recuperation period. And allow them to help while you heal.
  • Prepare your healing space in advance. Set up an area in your home—whether in your bedroom or living room—so you’ll be comfortable after surgery. Gather everything you might need, from pain medication to a telephone (with our number) to the TV remote. Keep magazines and books nearby to keep you occupied.