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Now that your surgery is booked, here are some helpful preparation tips for the weeks before your procedure. These are intended as general guidelines; be sure to follow any specific advice given to you by your surgeon.


1 Month Before Surgery

  • If your surgeon advised that you require any tests or X-rays in advance of your surgery, have these done now.
  • Particularly if you are having facial surgery, get your last pre-operative haircut. Some patients prefer to keep their hair longer around their ears to help cover stitches and scars while they heal.
  • Again, particularly if you are having facial surgery, have a deep cleansing facial. If you wish to have this done by the Skincare Adviser at The Aesthetic Institute, please contact us for more information. If your surgeon has recommended a particular treatment, such as an AK Peel, schedule this now.
  • If not already doing so, start an active skincare regime, particularly in the area where you are having surgery. Surgical patients are entitled to a free appointment with our Skincare Adviser either before or after their surgery to get advice on their skincare regime and scar management – you may wish to schedule this for now, or you may prefer to leave it until your stitches have been removed and your wound is healing.


3 Weeks Before Surgery

  • Discontinue aspirin and Vitamin E supplements, and any other drugs that cause bleeding, unless otherwise advised by your surgeon.
  • Avoid taking multi-vitamins and natural supplements.
  • Stop smoking and/or taking nicotine substitutes.


2 Weeks Before Surgery

  • If advised by your surgeon, discontinue HRT.
  • If you wish, you can begin taking Vitamin C.
  • Cut down on wine and spirits.


1 Week Before Surgery

  • Schedule any final appointments for hair colouring, for waxing, etc. for this time.
  • Particularly for facial surgery, pick up any camouflage cream or concealing make-up for covering bruises if you must go out while you are healing.
  • Visit the pharmacy: collect any prescriptions you will need and any supplies for helping with wound management while you are healing (gloves, swabs, antiseptics, etc.)


The Day Before Surgery

  • Confirm your hospital admission date and time, and first post-operative appointment with The Aesthetic Institute. If you need letters for work or for the gym, for example, this is a good time to request these from The Aesthetic Institute too.
  • Stock your fridge with nourishing easily digested foods and drinks. Particularly if you are having facial surgery, you might prefer soft foods, which require minimal chewing.
  • Stock up on magazines, books, DVDs, etc. to keep you occupied and allow you to rest as much as possible while you are recovering.
  • Particularly if you are having breast/body surgery, make sure everything you need for the next few days is not on a high shelf, so as to avoid stretching and lifting.
  • Pack your hospital bag with nightwear/dressing gown and slippers. If you will be staying at least one night in hospital, be sure to pack your toothbrush and any toiletries you will need.
  • If you are due to pay the hospital fee on admission, ensure you have your payment means with you (credit card, cheque book, bank draft, etc.).
  • Begin taking Arnica tablets if advised to do so by your surgeon.
  • Begin taking antibiotics if you have been prescribed them by your surgeon.


The Night Before Surgery

  • Remove nail polish and contact lenses.
  • Set your alarm and confirm your travel arrangements to and from the hospital.
  • Have a leisurely dinner but avoid spicy food, salty food and alcohol. Begin fasting at midnight; have nothing to eat or drink after this time unless otherwise advised.
  • Wash your hair – you may not find it possible or easy to do this in the first few days after surgery.
  • Fill the ice trays in the freezer or put any gel packs you have to chill – these may help with post-operative swelling.


The Morning of Surgery

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to put on and take off. If you are having facial surgery, avoid clothing that pulls over the head. Leave watches and jewellery at home.
  • Wash your face and brush your teeth.
  • Don’t apply skin creams, make-up or perfumes.
  • Change your bed sheets; many patients prefer to use older sheets in case of post-operative wound weeping or bleeding.
  • Leave a tray beside your bed with everything you will need in the first day or two after surgery (drinks, medicines, books, etc.)
  • Don’t have breakfast unless you have been explicitly advised that it is ok to do so.
  • Leave the house early enough to allow plenty of travel time to the hospital.