As a plastic surgery coach, I work with my clients throughout their plastic surgery journey. This not only includes, providing support, education and surgeon referrals; it also includes coaching my clients about the importance of preparation for their procedure and post-operative care.

All too often surgeons say, “You’ll be feeling fine in a few days.” or they do not arrange, or suggest proper post-surgery care for their patients. Every person has a different surgical experience. Genetics, age, physical and mental health all have a role in your recovery process.

At the age of 58 I had a facelift. I thought I was in good health and knew a lot about recovery. My surgeon said I would be feeling good in a few days; no worries the surgery is easy. I was not prepared for my recovery. Within the first 24 hours after surgery, I had excess bleeding, making me extremely anxious. My nurse was just as anxious about the bleeding, which only made things worse. My husband then took care of me and that was a big mistake. He could not even look at me, let alone care for me. Unfortunately, I did not have a coach by side, to prep and support me throughout my recovery. My body was tired and I did not feel well for six weeks, which was a lot longer than I had anticipated.

  • Preparing physically and mentally for your plastic surgery procedure is key to a successful recovery. Educate yourself about the procedure you are having and ask questions. Good communication is important for your peace of mind. Always follow your surgeon’s pre and post surgery instructions. Have a surgical buddy that you can rely on.
  • Your diet affects your healing and wellbeing. Eat more protein, avoid sugar and hydrate. Protein shakes are a simple way to add more protein to your diet, especially if you are vegetarian. You can add greens, fruits, protein powder, flax seed, maca and hemp to shakes. Eat more avocados and add more fat to your diet. Pineapples, Arnica and Zinc are good for healing and bruising. Bone soup is full of nutrients, easy on the stomach and excellent for post-op healing.
  • Always check with your surgeon as some supplements, herbs and teas can cause excess bleeding during surgery and affect your body’s ability to heal. Be honest with your surgeon about your supplements and medications.
  • Prepare your household and arrange for after care. If you have kids and animals, hire a babysitter and dog walker. You will not want to worry about anything. This is the time to rest and be good to yourself. You healing process will be affected if you do not rest. Don’t rely on friends and family to take care of you. You are making an investment in yourself, hire a professional who specializes in post-op care and understands plastic surgery procedures. This is an emotional and physical journey, be prepared. Always have a plan B, as a back-up.

Feeling confident that you have done everything necessary for a great surgical outcome, will give you peace of mind.

Michele Garber is an independent plastic surgery coach, host and producer of The NipTuck Talk Show. She frequently lectures at medical meetings on Patient Safety.

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