If you’re considering plastic surgery, understanding the process can make you feel more prepared and confident. You’ll want to know what to expect, from the initial consultation to post-surgery recovery, and how to care for yourself during each step. At Somerset, we offer various plastic surgeries for the face, body, and skin, helping you achieve your desired results. Here’s how the plastic surgery process works:
The Initial Consultation With a Plastic Surgeon
Every procedure starts with a comprehensive consultation between you and your plastic surgeon. This appointment has several objectives, and one of them is discussing your goals and expectations. You’ll tell them the plastic surgery you’re considering and what you hope to gain from it. The surgeon then explains the procedure, its benefits, risks, realistic outcomes, and costs. They also conduct a health assessment and evaluate your medical history to verify that you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. Ask our professional team any questions you might have. When everything is set, you can schedule the surgery day.
After the consultation, we’ll give you a list of surgery instructions to follow before surgery. These instructions can vary depending on the type of plastic surgery. You’ll need to stop smoking and taking certain medications that can increase bleeding risk. Your surgeon may ask you to avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight the day before your surgery. You may also need to arrange for someone to take you home after the surgery and assist you with chores during the first days of recovery. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid complications during the surgery.
Preparation for Surgery
On the plastic surgery day, you’ll be asked to arrive at the clinic earlier than your appointment time. The medical staff will ask you some questions to determine if you followed all pre-surgery instructions and have no concerns or doubts. They will conduct some tests, such as blood work, to verify that your health is stable. They may also mark incision points on your body depending on the surgery. After that, you’ll meet your anesthesiologist, who will explain the anesthesia method. Some procedures require regional or general anesthesia, while others only need local anesthesia. We’ll choose the suitable one for your comfort and safety during the procedure.
The Actual Surgery
When it’s time, we’ll take you to the operating room, where your surgeon will perform the plastic surgery. The type of anesthesia determines your experience during the procedure. General anesthesia allows you to sleep, while local or regional anesthesia numbs specific areas of your body. We’ll use quality techniques and innovative technology from our experienced plastic surgeons. We’ll also monitor your vital signs throughout the process for your safety. When the surgery is complete, we’ll dress your incisions, and you’ll proceed to the recovery room.
While in the recovery room, our medical staff will monitor you closely until the anesthesia wears off. Depending on the surgery and your condition, you may need to stay overnight or several days for further observation. Some procedures have minimal downtime, while others require several weeks of rest and recovery. You will receive instructions on how to care for your incisions, manage pain and swelling, and what activities to avoid. We may prescribe medications for discomfort and antibiotics to prevent infection. Follow our instructions carefully to achieve the best results and avoid complications.
Follow-ups happen after plastic surgery to monitor your healing progress and examine the results. You may need to see your surgeon as early as the first week after surgery and more appointments later. During these check-ups, your plastic surgeon removes stitches and dressings, makes adjustments, or recommends therapies to enhance your healing. We will also discuss how you’re recovering and give tips for maintaining the results. More appointments may be required, depending on the type of surgery and how quickly you heal.
Recovery and Results
The recovery process after plastic surgery is different for everyone, but there are some general tips to follow. Get enough rest and avoid strenuous activities that can strain your incisions or cause complications. Follow a healthy diet rich in nutrients that promote healing. Stay hydrated, and avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, which can slow down the healing process. Maintain proper hygiene and care for your incisions according to our instructions.
The final results of the surgery may take several weeks or months to develop fully. A few factors like swelling or bruising need to go down to see how everything turned out.
Schedule Your Plastic Surgery With Somerset
At Somerset, we believe in empowering our clients to achieve their desired looks. Our plastic surgeons are experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to delivering quality results. We use advanced techniques and technology for optimal outcomes with minimal risks. Schedule your consultation today to discuss your plastic surgery goals with our professional team.