Monthly Archives: May 2015

Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Plastic Surgery

How to prepare for surgeryPreparing for plastic surgery can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. You feel excited for the outcome, but nervous about what to expect (especially if you are a first-time patient). The best thing you can do to ease your nerves is prepare ahead of time.

To ensure a favorable outcome, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso suggest the top five ways to prepare for your plastic surgery, so you go into the experience feeling calm and confident.

1. Stop Smoking

It is critical to stop smoking at least three weeks prior to and following surgery. Smoking is dangerous; it not only floods your body with toxic chemicals but also constricts the blood vessels and prevents them from delivering blood to the healing tissues. If you smoke, you put yourself at risk of post-operative complications, namely poor wound healing. In the same vein, stop drinking three weeks before surgery, too. Alcohol raises the risk of bleeding and other complications.

2. Get the Right Nutrition and Sleep

Strive for the healthiest lifestyle possible in the weeks leading up to surgery. Eating and sleeping well are important to boost your immune system, heart and brain health. The right diet can also help with your healing process.

Load up on lean protein, vegetables and fruit, while avoiding foods that are overly processed and high in fat, sugar and sodium (sodium can increase post-operative swelling and discomfort). Get as much restful sleep as you can. Hydration is also important before and after surgery. Drinking a lot of water is great for healthy circulation and flushing out toxins from the body.

3. Plan for Recovery

Your plastic surgery procedure will likely be performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be released from the surgical center the same day as the operation. Initially, you will feel groggy and your range of motion will be limited. Make all arrangements ahead of time so you can return home and immediately go back to sleep or resting comfortably.

Stock your fridge with healthy, easy-to-digest foods, and fill any prescriptions. Cover your car, bed or couch with plastic sheeting if you are worried about fluid drainage. Place ice packs, medications, water, gauze, portable electronic devices and any other needed items in an easy-to-reach location near your bed or couch. Make sure you have loose, comfortable clothing nearby. As you set up your recovery area, keep in mind that you may need to sleep in an upright position (if you undergo facial surgery); extra cushions are helpful.

4. Stop All Medications That May Thin Your Blood and Cause Bleeding

Reducing complications after surgery is of the utmost importance. Bleeding in the first 24 hours after surgery is probably the most common of all serious complications seen in the immediate post-operative period.

For two weeks PRIOR to surgery, please stop taking all anti-inflammatory medications. This includes aspirin (including baby aspirin) and all aspirin-containing compounds, ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin and others), Naprosyn (Aleve) and all NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications). It is also important to stop taking Vitamin E supplements (400 or greater units per day). Most multivitamins have 30-90 units, which is fine. Omega 3 and fish oil supplements should also be stopped two weeks prior to surgery. There are many other supplements that increase the likelihood of bleeding. If you are unsure whether you should continue to take these medications, either stop or call the office for more information.

5. Wash with Chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) Prior To Your Procedure

We have been having our patients wash with Hibiclens three times prior to surgery for more than 20 years. This is the same antibacterial scrub that we use in the operating room. Washing the operative area with Chlorhexidine, which is the generic form of Hibiclens, decreases the bacteria count of the skin. This has been shown to significantly decrease the incidence of post-operative wound infections. Chlorhexidine scrub is an over-the-counter medication not requiring a prescription, and can be found in most pharmacies.

If you would like more information about plastic surgery recovery, or if you would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso, please contact our practice by calling (650) 964-6600 today.

How to Get Your Body Back after Baby

Post-Pregnancy Cosmetic SurgeryRecently, celebrity moms like Mila Kunis and Blake Lively have been lavished with praise for losing their baby weight seemingly overnight and hitting the red carpet looking as svelte as ever. This is just the latest example of the rabid coverage of Hollywood moms snapping back after baby, which sets an impossible standard for the average woman.

If you are a new mother concerned with losing baby weight, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso encourage you to relax and spend the first few months to a year concentrating on your child’s needs. Follow your obstetrician’s guidelines for gradually returning to exercise. Breastfeeding, eating and sleeping well will also help you shed baby weight.

But what about post-baby body issues that aren’t weight-related? For example, you may reach your pre-pregnancy weight but still have lax looking abdominal skin and sagging breasts. Drs. Pearl and Ereso caution that some pregnancy-related issues will not resolve naturally. Sadly, no amount of diet or exercise will repair lax skin and saggy tissue after giving birth. Surgical correction is the best solution.

Tummy Tuck for a Flatter, Firmer Abdomen

Tummy tuck is designed to address several common post-pregnancy issues in the abdomen. The goal is a firmer, flatter abdomen.

During tummy tuck, excess abdominal skin under the navel is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. This often minimizes or removes stretch marks on the skin below the navel. Abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy (causing abdominal protrusion) are repaired. And, if needed, excess abdominal fat is removed by incorporating liposuction techniques into the operation.

Breast Lift for Perky, Youthful-Looking Breasts

Breast lift corrects breast sagging after pregnancy and nursing and improves the overall shape and position of the breasts (and nipples).

During breast lift, the breast tissue is sculpted to create the breast mound higher on the chest wall. Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is tightened. Downward-pointing nipples are corrected, and enlarged areolas are reduced. Very frequently, breast implants are added to the breast lift. This improves upper pole fullness as well as enhances the size of the breasts.

Breast Augmentation for Bigger, Fuller Breasts

If nursing has left the breasts looking small and “deflated,” saline or silicone breast implants can be used to add volume and boost cleavage. Breast augmentation may be combined with breast lift to improve the size, shape and position of the breasts.

Want a natural alternative to breast implants? Drs. Pearl and Ereso can perform breast augmentation with fat transfer, which uses donor fat from another area of the body to add breast volume and cleavage. Fat transfer can be combined with breast implant placement to soften and narrow the cleavage area, or it can be performed as a separate procedure at a later time.

Learn More about Post-Pregnancy Plastic Surgery

If your post-baby body isn’t what it used to be, Drs. Pearl and Ereso can help. Schedule a private consultation with the surgeons to discuss your treatment needs and goals. Call (650) 964-6600 today to make an appointment.

 
 
Samuel N. Pearl, MD Reviews Samuel N. Pearl, MD Reviews Samuel N. Pearl, MD Instragram