If you’re interested in getting plastic surgery, you can begin planning and preparing for it right now. There are a few things you can do to learn about your surgery and develop a realistic plan with reasonable expectations. This will help maximize your plastic surgery experience.

plastic surgery realistic expectations women1. Have Realistic Expectations

Many patients expect a level of change that isn’t realistic, then they are disappointed with the results. Talk to your doctor and surgeons about how drastic of a change is possible.

2. Learn All You Can About the Procedure

The more you understand about your procedure, the less scary it will become. Liposuction, breast implants, reconstructive surgery and a face lift all are a little bit different. Know what you’re getting into.

3. Follow Your Doctor’s Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions

Your doctor will give you some instructions to help you prepare for your surgery. Following these instructions will help maximize the results of the surgery, both before and after.

4. Detoxify your Body

Surgical results can be more longer-lasting if you rid your body of toxins and supplements beforehand:

  • Stop all non-prescribed supplements a full two weeks before surgery (vitamins, minerals and herbal products)
  • Stop smoking four weeks before surgery (smoking can prolong the healing process and cause medical complications)
  • Stop taking aspirin two weeks prior to surgery

Think of these products like dust or dirt on a surface you are spray-painting—once you paint, the dust falls away and the job is splotchy. The surface must be clean before surgery.

5. Choose the Right Plastic Surgeon

Look for a plastic surgeon who has proper certification and plenty of experience in the industry. Plastic Surgery Specialists is run by a group of board certified, professional doctors who have your best interests at heart.

You can get a free cosmetic consultation to see if plastic surgery is the right choice for you.