Cosmetic Surgery Tip #5: Don’t be influenced by price or advertising

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While offers and discounts might be attractive in a supermarket, a cosmetic procedure is not something which should be offered at cut price. Remember that ‘cheaper’ does not necessarily mean ‘better’. Focus on the reputability of the plastic surgeon and the quality of their treatment. Never be coerced into undergoing a cosmetic procedure by a clever marketing campaign or a financial offer.  Take your time in making informed decisions.

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Cosmetic Surgery tip #28: Do not drink alcohol 72 hours prior/after cosmetic surgery

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Alcohol suppresses the immune system and should be avoided around the time of cosmetic surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #34: Participate in relaxation techniques

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Listening to relaxation tapes or soothing music, taking a yoga or meditation class are examples of relaxation techniques that help to reduce stress.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #9: Understand the recovery process

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Being fully informed about the recovery process is vital so that you can prepare yourself in advance. Patients often neglect to think about many important post-op factors: Is it a day-surgery procedure? Will you need assistance leaving the hospital or facility? How should you travel home? Will you be in pain? Do you need to take time off work? What does the post-operative care entail?  When are the post-operative follow up visits?  There are a number of factors to take into consideration and your plastic surgeon should discuss all of these thoroughly with you in advance.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #11: Your first breast surgery may not be your last

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Twenty-five percent of women will need another surgery after 10 years because implants don’t last forever. The implant could begin to leak over time or a “scar shell” called capsular contracture could develop around it, warping the shape and causing a need for new implants. Weight loss, pregnancy, and change in preference are other factors that could lead the patient having another surgery after a few years.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #25: Schedule cosmetic surgery when you’re healthy

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If you are planning cosmetic surgery, try to schedule it during a period of relatively good health.  This will give your immune system the best chance toward a speedy recovery.  Many patients find scheduling their surgery at the year-end ideal when they can bridge a few days off with paid vacation time.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #20: Any breast surgery can have a small effect on breast cancer screening in the future

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Breast health is important. Before the surgery, have a proper breast exam with your GP or gynaecologist. If you’re of age, get a mammogram. Most mammographers don’t have an issue if the implant is placed behind the muscle, but it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. The x-rays used for mammographic imaging of the breasts cannot penetrate silicone or saline implants well enough to image the overlying or underlying breast tissue. Therefore, some breast tissue (approximately 25%) will not be seen on the mammogram, as it will be covered up by the implant. In order to visualise as much breast tissue as possible, women with implants undergo additional views as well as the standard images taken during diagnostic mammography. In these additional x-ray pictures, called Eklund technique or implant displacement (ID) views, the implant is pushed back against the chest wall and the breast is pulled forward over it. This allows better imaging of the forward most part of each breast. Sometimes it is more difficult to perform the Eklund technique in women who have severe scar tissue or capsular contracture and women who have very dense or fibrous breasts. Implants placed above the muscle can also make it more difficult to determine microcalcifications. Scar tissue around the capsule can be difficult to differentiate from calcification, which could be associated with cancer and thereby require an actual biopsy. The ID views are easiest to obtain in a women whose implants are placed underneath (behind) the chest muscle.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #27: Do not take Aspirin or Aspirin-Containing Products

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Aspirin is not recommended prior to surgery because it is an anti-coagulant (blood thinner) and can promote bleeding during surgery.  Aspirin therapy should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #2: Meet them in person

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It is crucial that you meet the plastic surgeon who will carry out your procedure before the day of your treatment. Not all practices demand that patients meet the practitioner who will deliver the procedure in advance. If you are advised that it is not possible to meet in person with the practitioner ahead of treatment, you should not progress any further and choose to go elsewhere. Any reputable plastic surgeon will demand that they meet the patient themselves beforehand. It is also important that you feel comfortable with your plastic surgeon and that you trust them.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #36: Build a support structure

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Rely on your family and friends to help you during the stressful time of a surgery.  From assisting with household chores to providing emotional support, having them around is a plus.

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