Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Blog
Posted on February 28, 2019 by Esther
Medications: Take all the medications we prescribed according to the instructions on the bottle. You may feel a bit drowsy, so have someone help you. If you need a refill, call the office and give us the number of your drugstore or pharmacy. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen for four weeks before and two weeks after your surgery.
TED Hose: The Hose we instructed you to buy and wear is for the prevention of deep venous thrombosis (blood clots). Deep venous thrombosis affects mainly the veins in the lower leg and the thigh. This clot may interfere with circulation of the area, and it may break off and travel through the blood stream. This clot can then lodge in the brain, lungs, heart, or other areas, causing severe damage to that organ or even death. Any surgical procedure that will inhibit your activity post operatively, especially a facelift, there is a risk of blood clots. You will be required to wear your TED Hose during abdominoplasty surgery and keep them on for 2 weeks after.
Smoking: Smoking or nicotine use (chewing tobacco, nicotine gum, snuff) can have a severe detrimental effect on wound healing. The nicotine decreases the vital blood supply to the skin and can cause poor healing or even skin death.
STOP ALL NICOTINE PRODUCTS 2 MONTHS BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY.
Caffeine– Excessive use of products with caffeine such as coffee, tea, or soft drinks, especially Diet Coke, can have similar effects as nicotine.
STOP ALL CAFFEINE PRODUCTS 2 WEEKS BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY.
Hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills increase the incidence of blood clots.
STOP HORMONE REPLACEMENT AND BIRTH CONTROL 2 WEEKS BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY.