Notes from Dr. Jenq

Your First Procedure

Plastic surgery is a powerful way to dramatically change form and function in a short period of time.  However, it takes preparation and care for you and the plastic surgeon.

The most important thing that you can do is to stop smoking or using nicotine products at least four weeks before surgery.  Smoking decrease your body’s ability bring needed blood flow into areas of surgery needed to heal successfully.  Though it is often difficult for people to stop smoking.  Medications like chantix and wellbutrin can help decrease you urge to smoke.

Also, do not take medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal supplements, or vitamins for 10 days before and after surgery.  If you are on blood thinners such as coumadin or plavix, be sure to let your doctor know.  These medications will also need to be stopped based upon your medical condition around the time of surgery.