Is your plastic surgery procedure coming up soon? This is certainly an exciting time in your life — after all, you’re about to make a change you’ve probably been wanting for a long time. However, it can also be a bit stressful if you don’t know what to expect. Below, you’ll find out exactly what will happen on the day of your surgery.

What to Expect When You Arrive

Once you’re admitted to the hospital for your surgery, your nurse will take you to a pre-operative room. There, you’ll change into a hospital gown, put your hair back in a hospital cap, remove jewelry, and remove contact lenses if you’re wearing them. You’re then ready for surgery prep.

Surgical Preparations

You’ll meet your anesthesiologist next. The anesthesiologist will talk about your medical history with you and will review your current medications, if you’re taking any. This is primarily just verification, as you’ll have answered these anesthesia questions already. Your anesthesiologist will then explain how the anesthesia will work and what you can expect waking up after the procedure. Dr. Patterson will meet with you prior to the surgery, as well. He will review the planned surgery with you, answer any questions you may have, and make pre-op markings if they’re needed.

In the Operating Room

In the operating room, Dr. Patterson will be assisted by the anesthesiologist and support staff including registered nurses and licensed surgical technicians. You’ll be under either general or local anesthesia for your procedure, so you’ll sleep through the surgery or will be awake but drowsy. You won’t be in pain during the surgery thanks to the carefully monitored anesthesia. The length of the surgery is typically one to two hours, but some procedures may take longer depending upon their complexity. Once the surgery is complete, you’ll be moved into recovery.

After the Procedure

After surgery, you’ll be in the recovery area until you’re awake. During this time, you’ll be closely monitored by both Dr. Patterson and your anesthesiologist. When you’re awake, your recovery nurse will review discharge instructions with you and the person who will be caring for you. You’ll meet with Dr. Patterson again before going home. During this meeting, Dr. Patterson will talk about the surgery results with you and will review your postoperative instructions again.

When you return home, it’s very important that you adhere to Dr. Patterson’s post-operative instructions. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to recover as easily as possible.

  • For the first day or two, rely on your caregiver to help with most things, including food preparation.
  • Walking around the home is encouraged, but don’t take on more activity than that in early recovery.
  • Take all of your medications exactly as directed. Don’t wait until you’re in severe pain to take pain medicine — if you take medication as the pain starts, you can avoid the worst of it.
  • It’s normal to experience some constipation after surgery. You can take a stool softener to help with this.
  • Follow all of Dr. Patterson’s incision care guidelines carefully. Have extra gauze and antibiotic ointment on hand for dressing changes when needed.

After plastic surgery, remember that full healing takes time. For example, in the case of breast augmentation, it typically takes around six weeks to see the final results of the surgery. As long as you know what to expect and you closely adhere to Dr. Patterson’s instructions, you should be able to get the results you want.

Why Patterson Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Nathan Patterson is the breast augmentation specialist of the Gulf Coast. Dr. Patterson is a board certified plastic surgeon who performs not only breast augmentations but also tummy tuck surgery, eyelid surgery, face and neck lift, male breast reduction, breast lift, and many other procedures. Non-invasive cosmetic treatments including Botox®, Juvederm®, and Kybella™ are also offered at the Skin Clinic at Patterson Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Patterson is strongly committed to helping patients know what to expect so they can have realistic expectations about their surgical procedures. Have more questions about what to expect during your plastic surgery? Contact Patterson Plastic Surgery by phone or request a consult below and we’ll respond promptly.