Pre-Facelift Tips: What You Can Do To Prepare For Your Facelift

You have finally decided to improve your appearance. You have paid close attention to everything your facelift specialist has told you. But is there more that you can do to prepare yourself for the big day? The following are just a few things that you may want to consider before going into surgery. And you should start as soon as possible.

Prevent Infections

Your plastic surgeon might have gone over the importance of keeping yourself free of infection, especially during surgery. He or she might have suggested antibiotics. The reason is that your body is prone to infections during the operation, and you should make certain that you are prepared. Antibiotics may help, but you can add even more protection. 

You can add probiotics to your diet. Probiotics are microorganisms that enhance your immune system. And they are also infection-killing machines that will seek and devour any harmful pathogen in your body. It is a good idea to start taking probiotics before surgery. You can find probiotics in naturally fermented products, like salami or sauerkraut. You can find such products online or at your local health food store. Make certain that you speak to your surgeon, like Jennifer Walden, MD, about adding probiotics to your diet as he or she does need to approve. 

Prevent Thinning Your Blood

Your surgeon probably already told you to make sure you stay away from medications or herbal supplements that increase your chances of excessive bleeding. The reason you were told to do this is due to salicylates. Salicylates are natural blood thinning compounds found in aspirins and other medications. But salicylates are also found in foods and spices, like the following:

  • Strawberries (and other berries as well)
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Wine
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic

The aforementioned are just a few things that you should consider. You can also find more foods and spices that you need to avoid for a period of time. Don't worry because you can return to eating them when your surgeon says it is ok. Besides, good blood flow rests on the shoulders of salicylates. And, as you know, good blood flow prevents heart conditions and distributes vitamin C all over your body. You need vitamin C to produce collagen. And collagen is that ingredient your skin needs to stay young, elastic, and beautiful. 

Remember to talk to your plastic surgeon about any and all changes you want to implement before and after your surgery, as he or she needs to be aware of this.