Preparing for Your Transformation
Before having surgery, the patient needs to follow these recommendations:
Pre-surgery evaluation consult:
During the evaluation consultation, Drs Mauricio Vergara Vergara and Carlos H. Vergara De Vivero analyze the best alternative for the patient, answering all questions necessary to have a clear idea of what surgery entails, its duration , better alternatives, and possible complications. Be clear with your surgeon about your expectations and the desired outcome.
Plastic Surgery is not an exact science. It is possible that the results may be different from your expectations, since every body responds differently.
Follow the advice of your attending doctor about your surgery and proper preparation for your upcoming procedure. The doctor will order lab tests, which can be performed in the hospital or before surgery on the day of your procedure.
The lab exams are the following:
- Complete blood count
- Blood chemistry
- Coagulation tests
- Blood type
- PREGNANCY TEST
- Chest X-ray
- HIV TESTING
- Patients older than 40 years will require a cardiac test
The exams can be performed after the consultation, or the following day after the patient has decided on surgery. The Hospital Laboratory reports directly to the Doctor with the results and these results will determine whether the procedure can be safely performed, or if there is a need to undergo some preoperative treatment.
The night before surgery.
- Take all medications as prescribed.
- Eat a light dinner but do not eat solid foods after midnight.
- Take a shower with an antibacterial soap the night before surgery and the morning of surgery. Wash from the neck down if you are undergoing body surgery. Do not use creams, lotions or common soaps.
- Remove nail polish and metal jewelry (piercings, earrings, rings, etc.).
The day of the surgery:
- Follow the instructions on the last feed, form and time.
- Be sure to arrive on time, and make arrangements for someone to drive you home if you plan use your own transportation to reach hospital on the day of your surgery.
- Wear comfortable clothing and preferably shoes with rubber soles.
- Do not use makeup or paint nails. Do not wear false eyelashes or nails.
- Remove contact lenses, and notify the nursing staff if you wear dentures.
The visit before surgery and the cardiology evaluation.
After the patient has been admitted to the hospital, the anesthesiologist will do an evaluation before surgery. Also, an internist doctor will evaluate the lab exams if the patient is older than 40 years old. The team of surgeons will go to the patient’s room to do contour marking on the patient’s body and discuss the details of the surgery.
What should I do after surgery?
- The girdle must be worn for 3 months 24 hours a day, in order to help the swelling subside, by providing support and exerting continuous pressure on the body, helping to retract skin.
- Once the inflammation is controlled, it is necessary to adjust the girdle so that it will continue to provide proper support and pressure. In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain a new girdle.
- Foods you should avoid during the first 10 days after surgery: meats, fish and raw milk, and foods fried in fish oil. Avoiding these foods will help speed recovery and ensure faster healing
- Avoid exposure to the sun during the first 3 months after surgery. Sun exposure can stain your skin at the sites of the scars and in areas with bruising.
- It is likely that after the initial postoperative care, you may require additional therapies such as lymphatic drainage, ultrasound, and Carboxytherapy (carboxiterapia) to improve and accelerate the healing process. If you live in another city it is important to locate a facility near you that can provide these services.
- The proper postoperative care is essential to achieve the best possible results. It is essential to follow a proper exercise and nutritional regimen at least 3 times a week.
- Approximately eight days after surgery, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to track your progress, and to evaluate your postoperative recovery process. Your doctor is the best person to help you plan and administer your postoperative consultations for your full recovery.
Doctor Vergara consults with a patient.
Doctor Villarreal draws contour lines prior to surgery.
The doctors and patient prepare for surgery.
Doctor Emma Patricia Alfaro prepares an IV drip.