When it comes to plastic surgery, Lubbock patients will get the best long-term results if they plan ahead. Whether it’s a tummy tuck, liposuction, or a facelift you’re getting ready for, spending a little extra time to prepare now will be beneficial for your surgery and healing process. Doctors recommend taking the following steps to make your experience as smooth as possible.
Cut Out Nicotine
Dr. Rowley advises her patients to stay away from cigarettes, tobacco, and other products with nicotine for six weeks before (and two to three weeks after) their procedure. Nicotine can cause complications and be very detrimental to the outcome of plastic surgery. Lubbock men and women who smoke should not even use a nicotine patch during this time.
Make Your Home Recovery Friendly
Fill up your refrigerator with healthy snacks and stock your freezer with some ready-to-eat meals. Instead of giving in to the convenience of fast food, prepare a few frozen homemade meals so you’ll have something nutritious to restore your body’s energy as it heals. Grab the latest bestselling book and pick out a new TV show to binge on so you can enjoy your downtime while you recover.
Enlist Your Family and Friends
No matter the type of plastic surgery, Lubbock friends and family are always willing to help. Ask your dependable loved ones to drive you home after surgery and stay with you at least for the first night. If you live alone, consider staying with someone until you feel confident that you can care for yourself. If you have children, you will need extra help since your physical abilities will most likely be very limited.
Even with a routine procedure, it is wise to prepare your body, your home, and your support system ahead of time. Doing so will reduce your stress level and aid in your recovery. Dr. Rowley is ready to help you create a plan for your individual plastic surgery needs. Call today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.