When having any surgery, including plastic surgery abroad, it is essential that you follow the advice from your doctor or surgeon. The information below is intended as a guide only and does not supersede the information and advice given by a medical professional.
Vitamin E and Aspirin:
Do not take Vitamin E or medication containing Aspirin, e.g. Alka-Seltzer, before your cosmetic plastic surgery as this could result in excessive bleeding. It is advisable to inform your cosmetic surgeon of any medications or health related supplements, including homoeopathic medicines you may be taking, some dietary supplements, herbs, or herbal medications may cause similar problems.
It is highly advised to cut out all supplementation altogether a minimum of 1 week before your cosmetic surgery abroad.
This advice may sound harsh for the avid smoker, however it is essential as one of the primary functions of an anaesthetic is to reduce coughing and spasms during surgery. Since smokers lungs are aggravated by tobacco, they require a much higher dose of anaesthetic than non smokers as the likelihood of them coughing whilst anaesthetised is much greater.
Smoking also slows down the postoperative recovery rate, increases the chance of postoperative problems and makes your breath smell. To minimize possible cosmetic plastic surgery complications such as skin loss and major scarring e.g. tummy tuck or facelift scars, smokers must stop using all tobacco products.
Stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before your cosmetic plastic surgery, and 4 weeks or more after your cosmetic surgery abroad. Nicorette gum and nicotine patches release the harmful vasoconstrictor and cannot be used either.
When to stop eating/drinking:
Your plastic surgeon will advise you what time you should stop eating or have any fluids the night before the cosmetic plastic surgery during your consultation.