What precautions should be taken prior to surgery?
You will be provided with specific details about how to prepare for your operation. For example, if you smoke you may be asked to cut back or preferably stop, as smoking can increase the risk of a chest infection, which can slow down recovery. You must stop smoking 3 weeks before the operation if it is for a facelift or tummy tuck otherwise Mr Richard will not operate.
1 week before the operation you will need to avoid taking painkillers such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Neurofen. Paracetamol can be taken during this week if necessary. If you are on the contraceptive pill or HRT you will also be asked to stop taking the tablets 4 weeks before the procedure.
If your operation is to be performed under general anaesthetic you will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking before the surgery, usually about 6 hours in advance.
What will happen once you have been admitted into hospital?
Once you have been admitted into hospital Mr. Richard will see you to go over the operation details once again. A nurse may check your heart rate, blood pressure and urine sample and an anaesthetist will also visit you prior to surgery. You will be asked to sign a consent form that confirms you understand the risks involved and to give your permission for the operation to proceed. A nurse will prepare you for theatre and you may be asked to wear compression stockings to reduce the risk of blood clots in your veins.
If you encounter any problems post surgery please don’t hesitate to call the hospital on the following number:
Solihull: 0121 704 5527
Such problems could include:
- Increasing pain, redness, swelling, yellow or green drainage, bleeding, or bruising at the incision site(s)
- Side effects from medicines, such as rash, nausea, vomiting, or headache
- A fever over 100 °F / 38 °C
- Numbness or loss of motion
How much time should I take off work post surgery?
You should be prepared to take 1 or 2 weeks off work unless your job involves heavy lifting, or strenuous exercise, then the timeframe will increase to 3 to 6 weeks.
How long till I can exercise?
Whilst you are healing, limit physical exercise to avoid stretching your scars. Do not do any heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or over-stretching for around 6 weeks. However, do try taking short walks and very gentle exercise as soon as possible to promote blood flow and healing – you may be able to do this 1 to 2 days after surgery
When can I start driving again?
After surgery, if you have had a general anaesthetic you will not be able to drive straight away. Generally you should be able to resume driving within 7 to 10 days depending on the type of surgery you have had. If you have had eyelid surgery you won’t be able to commence driving until vision has returned to normal. Ease into driving if you have has a breast procedure, turning the wheel and shifting gears maybe difficult.
How soon can I fly after cosmetic surgery?
Generally you will be able to fly 2 weeks after your cosmetic surgery
How do I care for my wounds at home?
- Keep dressings or steri-strips on your incisions for as long as you have been told to and make sure you have extra dressings in case they come off.
- Keep the incision areas clean, dry and covered, but check daily for signs of infection (redness, pain or drainage).
- You may shower after 2 days (if your drainage tubes have been removed). Do not take baths, soak in a hot tub, or go swimming until stitches and drains are removed and you have been told it is okay.
- Protect your scars from the sun for a year with a strong sun-block (SPF 30 or higher) whenever your are out of the sun.
What else can I do to make sure it goes smoothly?
- Make sure you eat a healthy, well balanced diet that is rich in antioxidants (for example; berries, chilli pepper, red cabbage, broad beans and peanuts).
- Drink plenty of fluids (water), 8 to 10 glasses a day. A healthy diet will prevent infection.
- Do not drink alcohol whilst on pain medication.
- Do not smoke. Smoking will slow your healing down and increase your risk of complications and infection.