preparing for cosmetic surgery

How to Prepare for Your Upcoming Cosmetic Procedure

Communication is the cornerstone of achievement. If you want to improve your mind, body, or life, you must first be able to articulate what exactly it is that you want. 

Before you embark upon any surgical enhancement, you should ask plenty of questions. Knowledge is the most important ingredient in your comprehensive preparation for aesthetic surgery. But communication is a two-way street. Be prepared to share your medical history and future goals so that your physician can accurately address your needs and desires.

The following guidelines are a framework to follow for any safe, successful procedure. Your preparation protocols will be tailored to your anatomy and surgical plan, but this is designed as a quick reference to keep handy as a supplement to your individual consultation


Longtime habits can be the most difficult to break, so consider making any necessary lifestyle changes well in advance of the date of your procedure. It is always advisable to quit smoking at least three weeks prior to surgery. Nicotine products affect circulation, and proper blood flow is essential to healing wounds.

Another circulatory concept to consider is your pre-procedure diet. Certain foods that contain salicylates (like tomatoes, grapes, berries, almonds, and some citrus fruits) can break down the bonds between the platelets in your blood. Platelets get their name from their signature shape: they are round, flat cells that resemble dinner plates. When platelets are prevented from forming a cohesive bond, clotting suffers and recovery is prolonged.

The sooner you can create proper eating habits, the faster your plasma will build up its fortifications. This preparation will facilitate safety and success throughout your impending surgery and the ensuing healing process. 


During your consultation, the doctor may advise you to begin a skin maintenance routine that reduces scarring even before an incision has been made. Lotions and creams containing retinoids have proven to strengthen skin and increase collagen production. Please consult with your medical team before using any harsh chemical compounds that may irritate your incision site(s).

While you are conferring about skincare, you should also discuss medications. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking blood thinners like aspirin and ibuprofen. Instead, you can explore the benefits of such supplements as Bromelain and Arnica Montana, which are both beneficial in reducing inflammation. 

Your surgical support staff will also give you ample time to fill any prescriptions you may need after surgery. Use the period leading up to your procedure to carry out these errands so you are not scrambling as your surgical appointment draws near. A relaxed patient is a happy patient!


The best way to prevent an issue is to plan ahead. Reduce the stress of work by notifying them that you will need time off for your surgery and recovery. Finish your chores and plan ahead for what needs to happen while you are enjoying some much-needed bed rest. Solve problems before they occur. This time is meant for healing, not undue stress.

Be sure to appoint a trusted caregiver to help oversee the finer details of your schedule. This person can drive you to and from appointments, help prepare meals, and provide general emotional and physical support. Toast your caregiver with a glass of water; hydration is essential to a successful surgery.

To make matters easier on your caregiver (and yourself), start nesting! Create a comfortable recovery station in your home. Keep the remote control handy and some reading materials within reach. Have enough loose-fitting clothing items clean and ready to wear. You may not be ready for a selfie (just yet), but you are dressed to chill!

Reduce your sodium intake and cut fatty foods from your diet in the days leading up to your procedure. You want your body to fully engage in the healing process rather than being bogged down by salty, bulky snacks that are hard to digest and offer little in the way of nutrition.

In general, you must stop eating the night before any surgery. Get plenty of rest and be kind to yourself. Tomorrow is a big day!


The behavior you establish during the preparation period will create a continuum that carries into your recovery process. Follow Dr. Binder’s comprehensive aftercare instructions regarding diet, exercise, and self-care. He has your best interest at heart and your ideal aesthetics in his hands!

Great accomplishments require time, consideration, and follow-through. Your body will dictate the duration of your healing process, so please listen to it. Do not exert yourself in the days and weeks following surgery, and continue to get plenty of rest and relaxation.

In general, the recovery process is a mirror image of the preparation protocols. Watch what you eat, celebrate proper circulation, pamper your skin, and communicate your needs to your support team. Make sure your caregiver has our contact information; we are all in this together!

If you are unable to take the necessary steps to assure a safe and successful cosmetic journey, please explain your perspectives during a consultation with Dr. Binder. He can explore alternative procedures that may compliment your lifestyle more seamlessly. Minimally invasive procedures such as dermal filler and Botox injections do not require extensive preparation, nor do they involve any downtime. 

To discuss which procedures are best for your aesthetic direction, please call our Beverly Hills office at (310) 858-6749. Our attentive staff members are eager to help you prepare for perfection!