What to Expect
Before the operation
Specific pre-op preparation for cosmetic surgery:
- To reduce post-op bruising in facial surgery (eg. face-lift, lower eyelid surgery), Arnica (30c) tablets are advisable to be taken 2 weeks before and after surgery. Smaller areas (eg. following dermal filler / muscle relaxant injections) can be treated with Arnica cream
- Drugs that increase bleeding and post-op bruising should be avoided before surgery. Tablets such as aspirin, ibuprofen, diclofenac and other similar (NSAIDs) drugs must be stopped at least 1 week before surgery. Other commonly over the counter supplements such as Vitamin E, evening primrose oil, fish oil, garlic capsules are to be avoided, too, due to their risk of bleeding. Paracetamol can be safely taken before cosmetic surgery
- Deep venous thrombosis risk can be minimised by stopping the oral contraceptive and hormone replacement therapy, at least 4 weeks before your operation
- Tobacco (including herbal and e-cigarettes) smokers may be refused surgery, depending on risk. Mr Misra usually ask all smokers to stop smoking 6 weeks before surgery and 6 weeks after.
- Mr Misra may ask you to obtain high quality post-op compression garments that are specifically designed for your procedure and sized to your measurements. This will be explained more during your consultations
Other things to know about
Following your decision to have surgery, a date for the operation will be set according to your preference. You will normally be admitted on the day of surgery. Mr Misra will see you before your operation, go over his surgical plan, answer further questions you might have and ask you to sign the consent form. He may also need to pen mark your skin to assist him during the procedure.
Mr Misra will normally review your progress every day, during your stay in hospital. Specialist nurses will attend to other routine aspects of post-op care and make sure your recovery is comfortable.
For most cosmetic operations a stay in hospital for a day or two is usual. Occasionally, with other more involved procedures the stay can be longer. If this is likely, Mr Misra will explain why this is and for how long. After discharge from hospital, Mr Misra will arrange a follow-up appointment to assess your recovery and ensure all has gone well.
You are always welcome to contact Mr Misra's office at any stage after your surgery for advice.