Preparing for Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

Preparing for Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

Many people experience pre-surgery anxiety. The biggest reason why it happens is the fear of the unknown. If you’re getting plastic surgery, chances are your emotions are a mixture of dread and excitement. It can fill you with the hope that you’re finally going to see the change that you’ve desired for so long. However, the idea that the results won’t meet your expectations can daunt you. These feelings are totally normal at that point and keeping yourself busy might help. There are more than a few things that you can do for preparing for surgery.

It’s even better for you to aware of these preparations before you come to Turkey. You can go through the important things right now. On the day of the surgery, make sure to go through this checklist once more. It’s likely that the better you’re prepared, the more you’ll feel at peace. 

Preparing for surgery will help you get your mind off things before you actually go to the operation theatre. Keep in mind though it’s important that you follow these guidelines as it’ll help things go much more smoothly. Also, depending on the kind of treatment you’re getting, the preparations for surgery can differ. Get in touch with your Longevita representative to make sure that you’ve made all the necessary preparations for the surgery. 

Should I Remove My Fake Eyelashes? 

If you’re undergoing facial surgery like facelift, eyelid, or eyebrow lift, it’s better if you remove your fake eyelashes. Since the surgery involves the eye area, it’s better if the fake eyelashes don’t come in the way during the surgery. 

If you’re having breast surgery, tummy tuck, or liposuction, you can keep wearing fake eyelashes. They’re not a part of the surgical area and won’t impact the surgery in any way either. Still, not wearing them is better. That’s because your eyelids will be taped shut or covered with plastic dressing during the induction of anaesthesia. It is done to prevent corneal scratching. Once the tape or dressing gets removed, it’ll damage the fake eyelashes that you’re wearing. Any eye makeup that you wear will also get smeared or removed, so you should not wear that either. 

Should I Remove My Hair Extensions? 

When preparing for surgery, we get this question asked by our patients. The answer to that is no. You don’t have to remove your hair extensions. That is if you’re not having a hair transplant. Of course, you’ll have to remove them if you’re going to have a hair transplant. If you’re having any other surgery, such as Brazilian Butt Lift, breast surgery…etc., you can keep wearing them. But if the roots of the hair extension are made of metal, you should remove them or consider replacing them with plastic ones. There’s a risk of burning or sparking with metal hair extensions. 

On the day of the surgery, you should consider wrapping your hair around your head, making a ponytail or plain braid so that your hair is more manageable before and after the surgery. Keep in mind that you might feel uncomfortable with the weight of the hair extensions after coming out of the surgery. It’ll be easier for you to remove them before the surgery takes place. 

Should I Take Off My Acrylic Nails for Preparing for Surgery? 

Yes. Our surgeons recommend that patients take off their acrylic nails before the surgery. The acrylic nails can prevent the pulse oximeter from going onto your finger. It measures oxygen saturation levels throughout the surgery. Another reason why you need to remove your acrylic nails is that they might be dirty. They might not be obviously dirty, but it’s a risk that you shouldn’t take. Dirty acrylic nails can cause infection. 

Should I Bring My Medicines Before Surgery? 

You do not need to bring any medicine with you before the surgery takes place. We understand you might want to take it after the surgery takes place. However, do not worry. Our surgeons will provide you with all the necessary medicines that you need after the procedure. According to the type of surgery you will undergo, your surgeon will give you antibiotics, painkillers, nasal ocean spray, and/or creams, etc. If you are taking daily drugs like contraceptive pills, you can bring them and continue to take them as usual.

Should I Remove My Piercings?

Yes, you should remove all your piercings before the surgery. Moreover, you shouldn’t carry any metal accessories with you. The metal piercings, accessories in general, pose a risk during the surgery. In surgeries where electrocautery is used to control bleeding, any contact to the metal by the cautery can cause burns. It can also impact the tissue around the piercing. Your safety is the most important thing during the surgery so it’s better for you to remove the piercings. 

However, if you have to wear them, you can replace your metal piercings with plastic ones. The type of surgery and the area of your piercing is important here. If you’re having breast surgery, you can’t wear plastic piercings either if they’re on your breasts. In this case, it is okay for you to wear a plastic nose piercing, for instance. It’s important that you’re not wearing any accessories in the surgical area. 

What Type of Clothes Should I Take with Me? 

If you’re having cosmetic surgery or any other surgery, you should bring comfortable clothes with you. Loose t-shirts, dresses, and pants can be good options for you. If you are having breast surgery, tummy tuck, arm lift, etc., you should bring a shirt with buttons or zippers. Because after the procedure, you might feel discomfort in the surgical areas, and raising your arms to wear something might cause more soreness.

Tight coarse fabric can stick to the surgical areas and pull on them. It can even exert pressure on it, resulting in pain and discomfort. Light, loose-fitting clothing should be preferred. Of course, do not forget to check the weather before bringing the clothes with you. 

Should I Bring My Post-Op Bra/Garment?

You don’t need to. Our surgeons will provide you with a post-op bra and garments. If you have breast surgery, we will provide you with a special post-op bra. However, if you like you can bring a sports bra as well. If you have a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure, we will provide you with the necessary post-op garments.

How Much Money Should I Bring with Me?

It’s important that before coming to Turkey, you should check the exchange rate. Your currency might be more valuable compared to the Turkish lira, so even £200 would be more than enough for 3 days! However, if you are planning to go shopping and eating in fancy restaurants, you should bring more money with you. You can exchange your money at the airport. There are also local exchange offices in Istanbul so you can exchange your money later as you like.

What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Eating & Drinking Before Surgery? 

When preparing for surgery, do not drink alcohol one day before the surgery takes place. Also, do not smoke. Your body should be clean on the inside. Eat foods that are easy to digest. Your surgeon will suggest you a diet for the day before the surgery. You might not be allowed to eat whole grain, fibre, and too many dairy products. Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before your surgery if your procedure will be under general anaesthesia. 

Can I Take My Medicine in The Morning of My Surgery Day?

Yes, you can take your medicine with a small sip of water. However, please take your medicine at least 2 hours before your surgery and do not drink lots of water. If the surgery involves general anesthesia, you’re not allowed to drink water. 

Preparing for Surgery Final Note 

We would recommend you print your itinerary and hand it over to your friend or relative. We understand your fears and want to make sure that you feel comfortable on the day of the surgery. Still, some nervousness might stay there and that’s totally normal. You’re going to change the way you look and the next time you see yourself in the mirror, it’ll be a slightly different version of you. It’ll take some time for you to come to terms with this idea, so it’s okay to feel a bit anxious before the surgery. We will do our best to ensure your safety during the surgery while doing our best to meet your expectations from the surgery. 

You can always share your concerns with us. It’ll likely put your mind at ease. You shouldn’t forget that it’s normal to feel afraid before the surgery. However, we request you to stay positive and think happy thoughts. You can imagine all those times where you’ve fully recovered after the surgery and are enjoying the results. You can imagine yourself feeling confident and happy about the way you look and feel. If you have any further questions, you can contact our Reservations Team at

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