Your facial feminization surgery (FFS) may be completely different from that of another patient, but they all have one thing in common: they are surgical procedures, and this means there are certain precautions that must be followed. Here are some things you should know about preparing for your FFS.
Before Your Surgery
Your doctor will, of course, go over what you can expect in the days leading up to your procedure and what you’ll need to do to ensure a successful surgery and a quick and successful recovery. In general, though, here are some things you may be asked to do:
- Quit smoking. Smoking can increase the risk of complications during surgery, and it can also affect your recovery.
- Stop taking certain medications. Your doctor will ask what medications you are taking and tell you if it’s all right to keep taking them in the days leading up to your surgery. However, most patients undergoing surgery are asked to stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, as they can increase bleeding.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home. You will be recovering from the effects of both surgery and anesthesia, so for safety’s sake you shouldn’t drive. You may also want to consider having someone stay with you for a couple of days after the procedure to make sure you are eating properly and taking medications as you are supposed to.
- Clear your schedule. Recovery after FFS can take several weeks. Your doctor will tell you how long you should take to relax and recover, but you should plan on taking at least some time off of work.
- Follow instructions. Your doctor will give you a list of detailed instructions to follow, and there is a good reason for this! Your recovery will be quicker and smoother if you follow these instructions closely.
Every patient’s FFS is different, but there are steps everyone can take to help ensure success. If you are considering FFS, you no doubt have many questions about the surgery and what you can expect afterwards. Contact Del Rey Face at the office in Marina Del Rey, California, at 310-823-4444 for an FFS consultation today.