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Lifestyle Changes Patients Should Consider before Plastic Surgery

By The Landings Surgical Centre on July 26, 2016


Two women exercising by walking in preparation for their plastic surgeryAt The Landings Surgical Centre, Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau proudly provide patients with cosmetic breast surgery, body contouring, and facial plastic surgery of the most surpassing standard. From the initial consultation to aftercare, they invest the full measure of their professional skills and talents into every procedure they perform, putting nothing above the comfort, safety, and overall satisfaction of their valued patients. They do everything within their power to ensure the best possible results.

It is important to note, however, that the ultimate quality of a patient’s results is not entirely dependent on the skill and experience of our plastic surgeons. As a patient, you will bear some of the responsibility for your own results. In order to ensure the best outcome possible from your surgery, it is important that you follow all of our surgeons’ instructions, both pre-surgical and post-surgical, to the absolution letter. Depending on your current lifestyle habits, you may have to make some serious changes in order to promote proper and timely healing from surgery and to achieve the results you desire.

Dr. Bendor-Samuel or Dr. Boileau will discuss lifestyle changes you should make before plastic surgery during your initial consultation at their Halifax, NS plastic surgery centre. In general, it is easier to make any necessary changes to your lifestyle in the weeks leading up to plastic surgery so that you don’t have to cope with having to make them while you are trying to recover from your procedure. Of course, this depends wholly on how many of the following lifestyle changes apply to you.

What Lifestyle Changes Must Patients Make Before Undergoing Plastic Surgery?

Before undergoing plastic surgery, patients must be willing to make the following lifestyle changes to ensure proper healing and the best possible results:

  • Absolutely no smoking: Smoking has a wide range of adverse effects on a person’s health, but never more so than when he or she is healing from an injury or recovering from surgery. Smoking actively interferes with the body’s ability to heal while dramatically increasing the risk of post-surgical complications such as infection and bleeding. Patients who are unwilling or unable to quit smoking, at least during the recovery phase, are not good candidates for plastic surgery. Those who resume smoking after their recovery should understand that their results will most likely not last as long as the results of non-smokers.
  • Absolutely no alcohol: During your recovery period, you will not be permitted to drink alcohol, so you may as well give it up prior to surgery. The consumption of alcohol while healing from surgery can increase the risk of bleeding and swelling. If you choose to drink after your recovery period, you would be well advised to do so in moderation in order to maintain your results.
  • Start a walking regimen: As you recover from surgery, the first activity you will be encouraged to partake in will be walking. In fact, walking will be essential to your timely recovery. In general, exercise will be important to the maintenance of your results, so establishing a solid exercise regimen by starting to walk every day would be a good start.

Learn More about Lifestyle Changes before Plastic Surgery

To learn more about lifestyle changes you should make before plastic surgery, please contact The Landings Surgical Centre today.

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