How to prepare for cosmetic surgery.

Like all reputable and professional cosmetic surgery clinics, we at Refresh Cosmetic Surgery have a comprehensive pre-surgery policy which is geared towards helping patients being fully prepped for what they’re about to undertake. Here’s a brief overview of dos and don’ts which will crop up across the board…

How to prepare for cosmetic surgery: COVID

As a healthcare provider we are continuing to provide our services throughout the pandemic with rigorous policies in place to ensure a COVID secure environment. All our patients undergo COVID testing prior to surgery and for added precaution, we advise you to self isolate as much as possible for the two weeks leading up to your procedure. This will help ensure that your surgery can proceed as planned.

How to prepare for cosmetic surgery: tell us about your meds

When you come to your consultation, we will need a list of the medications you are currently being prescribed, so we can give you the all-clear for a procedure or advise you to consult your GP to see if you can step down from certain meds in the run-up.

How to prepare for cosmetic surgery: be aware of over-the-counter medications

It is incredibly important that you stay away from anti-inflammatory medicines for two weeks before the procedure. That includes aspirin, medications that contain aspirin, Alka-Selzer, Excedrin, Nurofen, and Ibuprofen, to name but a few. If you need painkillers duringthat time, stick with Paracetamol. Vitamins or alternative medicines that cause clotting–such as Vitamin E, ginseng, St. Johns Wort and Gingko Boloba–are also to be avoided for two weeks, unless we’ve approved their use.

How to prepare for cosmetic surgery: keep your weight steady

It’s vital that your weight doesn’t fluctuate between consultation and surgery: the practitioner has drawn up a plan of action based on what you looked like during the consultation, and any gain in weight can not only affect the results, but can increase any risks during surgery. If you have gained more than five pounds since the consultation, the procedure may have to be cancelled.How to prepare for cosmetic surgery: if anything changes, tell us immediatelyIf you experience a cold or an infection during the two-week period before the procedure, you must contact the surgery and convey the details.

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