You have everything in place for your mommy makeover and are looking forward to getting your pre-pregnancy body back. While your surgeon has likely given you a list of things to do before your big day, there are also some things that you should avoid before surgery.
These mommy makeover don’ts can help you prepare for the big day, reduce the risk of complications, and make your recovery much more manageable.
Do Not Take Blood Thinning Medications and Supplements
Certain medications and supplements can increase bleeding during medical procedures as well as negatively interact with anesthesia. To reduce your risks, you should stop taking these medications at least two weeks before your procedure, if possible.
Medications and supplements to avoid, include:
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil
Talk with Dr. Martin about the current medications and supplements you are taking to see if you need to stop any before your procedure.
Do Not Smoke
If you are a smoker, chances are you already know it is bad for your general health. But smoking can cause even more complications when you have surgical procedures. Smokers often have a higher rate of surgical complications, and regular smoking can contribute to poor healing after surgery.
Quitting smoking at least four weeks before your procedure is advised to minimize healing complications. And once you quit, you shouldn’t go back, especially until you have completed your mommy makeover recovery.
Now is Not the Time for a Night of Drinking
Say no to alcohol and wait for a celebratory drink until after you have healed from your mommy makeover!
In the week before your mommy makeover procedure, it is a good idea to say no to that glass of wine or mixed drink, and it is essential to pass on drinking in the 48 hours before your surgical procedures. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that alcohol acts like a blood thinner, similar to aspirin, and can affect your blood’s ability to clot, increasing your bleeding risk.
More importantly, alcohol consumption before a surgical procedure can increase your risk of anesthesia complications. Alcohol consumption affects the way that your liver metabolizes the anesthesia drugs. This can become a real risk as it makes it more difficult for the anesthesiologist to estimate the correct doses necessary for your procedure.
Knowing what not to do before your mommy makeover can help set you up for a better recovery after surgery. Contact us online or call our office today at (575) 521-7111 to learn more about your mommy makeover options.