Patients who are considering cosmetic surgery should give some thought to the appropriate timing for this surgery. Some procedures require the patients to wear garments for a period afterwards. Obviously if the surgery is undertaken in the summer months this can be quite uncomfortable.
Surgery may also result in visual swelling, bruising and in the short term, visible scarring. Most of these symptoms will resolve completely within a few weeks, however patients should consider that they may not be presentable for a period afterwards and should allow sufficient time before important social events for the swelling, bruising and scarring to settle down.
In order to prepare for cosmetic surgery, patients should maintain a high level of fitness, wherever possible, smoking should be stopped at least four to six weeks before surgery and there are a number of medications which increase the risks of bleeding and bruising which should be stopped up to two weeks before the procedure. In addition there are some herbal preparations which have been shown to reduce the swelling and bruising in selected cases and these can be discussed with your Surgeon.
Patients are often concerned about the potential for scarring, but in the hands of a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, most scars are inconspicuous once the initial healing has settled down and are often very difficult to see. The only scars that I have ever seen from cosmetic surgery which have been highly conspicuous have been those which have been performed by Surgeons overseas.
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