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What makes a good candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?
Cosmetic Surgery is performed on an elective basis on patient’s who are generally in good health, with strong home support to assist with the recovery process. Any pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension or hyperthyroidism, would need to be well managed and considered “under control” by your PCP.
Am I too old or too young to get Cosmetic Surgery?
Age is just a number when it comes to looking and feeling fabulous. However, at Ayewah Aesthetics we will operate on patients as young as 16 (with parental consent). For patients over 80, we will require a thorough examination of your health history and a discussion on the risks vs the benefits of undergoing an elective procedure.
What options do I have if my BMI is considered to be too high for Cosmetic Surgery?
I strongly believe that BMI is not always a fair indicator of a person’s candidacy for surgery, and your physical body appearance and internal anatomy must be examined. For all patients above BMI 35 or those who have a heavy burden of internal fat (regardless of BMI), we strongly encourage you to enroll in our Weight Loss Program.
Can I smoke nicotine prior to surgery?
Nicotine in any form (smoking, vape, gum, patch) has an adverse effect on the wound healing process after surgery because it hinders the small blood vessels in the body which are needed for scar formation. Ayewah Aesthetics has a strict no nicotine policy – no smoking for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to surgery, no smoking for 4 weeks after surgery (although complete cessation is encouraged), and mandatory hyperbaric therapy for all patients with recent smoking history within 3 months. Nicotine testing will be performed on the day of surgery.
Can I drink alcohol prior to surgery?
Alcohol may interact with the anesthesia needed to perform some cosmetic surgery procedures. We recommend that you abstain two weeks prior and two weeks after your surgical procedure.
What diet modifications do you recommend prior to surgery?
It is recommended that you increase your protein intake prior to surgery and during the recovery process. This can be via protein shakes/bar, or meat/non-meat protein sources. We also encourage staying adequately hydrated with fluids, and reducing salt intake during the recovery process. Finally, bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapples) has been found to help reduce bruising after surgery.
How much time do I need to take off from work?
This depends on your procedure but we ask you to rest a minimum of three days after surgery to recover from the effects of general anesthesia. For abdominoplasty patients (or any other large skin excision cases) we recommend that you rest at home for a minimum of two weeks and avoid any heavy lifting (greater than 10lbs) for 4-6 weeks.
What are some things I should budget for when preparing for a cosmetic surgery procedure?
It is important to budget for health food supplies, compression garments in various sizes, travel to and from follow up appointments, and high quality aftercare. This usually includes 10-20 sessions of post surgical lymphatic drainage massage.