Preparing for Surgery
In the days and weeks leading up to your surgery, there are several preparatory measures that ensure an optimal outcome. If you have a surgery scheduled, we recommend you take note of these measures and use them the best you can. If you ever have any questions, the team at the Calf Reduction Center is at your service, able to help you whenever you need.
It’s well known among surgeons that the best patients are those who are at ease regarding their procedure. We understand this may be a tall order, but we want to help you achieve maximum peace of mind leading up to your procedure. In order to do so, we have several recommendations.
Our first recommendation is to read the reference material provided by our office. Depending upon your upcoming cosmetic procedure, we will give you pamphlets and brochures that give much valuable information about how the procedure works and what you can do to prepare. Read it as many times as you need to feel completely familiar with what exactly will happen on the day of your surgery. By understanding it, you will achieve a better frame of mind going into the surgery.
Second, we recommend you take full advantage of our staff leading up to the procedure. Call us whenever you like to ask any questions that may not be answered in the pamphlets we provide. Ask about previous patients undergoing the same surgery. Ask about results. Ask us to send pictures. Ask us anything you need to help put yourself at ease. At the Calf Reduction Center, our entire goal is to give you confidence going into your procedure.
Finally, the evening before your surgery, we recommend any activity to put yourself in a serene state of mind regarding your procedure. One of our representatives will be on call if you have any particular concerns. Besides that, make the evening all about you. Take a walk or a relaxing bath. Above all, think about the wonderful results that are waiting for you.
The moment your calf reduction is scheduled, you will be given a number of dietary and health-related regimens to prepare before your procedure. Review these carefully and ask any questions you like. It’s important to keep these points in, as they will ensure your body is in good shape for the procedure.
As two primary points of preparation, it is important to cut out alcohol and cigarettes three weeks before surgery. Both substances decrease the rate of recovery. Specifically, nicotine has been found to restrict blood flow, which keeps your body from healing rapidly and thoroughly. Alcohol has toxins that can also prevent your body from healing itself properly.
Finally, there will be certain drugs and medications that you will be asked to avoid, because they may increase the risk of bruising, swelling and bleeding. These drugs will be thoroughly reviewed once your surgery is scheduled. To compensate, our office will provide you a comprehensive list of alternative herbs and over the counter medications that can replace your usual drugs.
In addition to your mental and physical preparations, other things must be in place to help you during your recovery period. These include:
- Prepare your home for your recovery. This includes:
- Clean your linens to prevent infection.
- Make temporary arrangements for your pet(s).
- Stock your refrigerator, including a high number of liquids. Avoid spicy, salty or greasy foods.
- If needed, get comfortable pillows and blankets. For the first several days, you will be in bed quite a bit, so it is important that you are as comfortable as possible.
- Purchase ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Stock up on ample entertainment for your recovery period.
- Make arrangements for a friend or family member to take you home after surgery. Even if you only receive local anesthesia, you should not drive a car for 24 hours following your procedure.
- The sun can cause your incision to “stain,” so stay out of the sun for the first few weeks after surgery. Tanning beds should be avoided for the first 3 months following your surgery.
At the Calf Reduction Center, our relationship with you doesn’t end once your surgery is over. We are available at any point after your procedure to help you through the recovery process. If you experience any complications or concerns, call us and we will help you through it.