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10 things you should know before getting plastic surgery
Tips that will be useful to keep in mind!

Ever since I got my BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift with Lipo 360) done, owned a plastic surgery Recovery house for a year, and worked as a patient consultant at a plastic surgery facility in Miami, I have received many questions about plastic surgery. Feeling anxious is normal because we don't know what to expect neither before, nor after the surgery. That is why I am here to facilitate your plastic surgery journey.

Before anything, please understand that the most essential part of this journey is to do as much research for yourself and to ask all the questions you may have to the experts. This will not only help you decide on the right surgeon but also prepare you for safety, proper recovery, and best results.

Honesty is key for this journey. It is very important to not lie to your patient consultant, surgeon, nor recovery nurse. This will help prevent any issues when booking your surgery in others states or countries. Many surgeons have requirements to determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery; even if you lie at the beginning once you arrive at the surgery facility they will find out and cancel your surgery on the spot. I cannot tell you how many daily surgeries would get cancelled because a surgery doll wouldn't fully disclose their medical conditions or lie about their weight to pass on the BMI requirements and then get upset and look confused on why their surgery was cancelled. Being honest will save you money, time, and unwanted headaches. I cannot address this any other way, surgery is serious your life is on the line so being honest about your medical conditions, weight, health, etc. are crucial, at the end it's for your own safety.

After you have completed your evaluation with pictures, surgeon has approved your case and deposit has been placed the surgical coordinator will work with you to prescribe lab tests, assist in your pre-op and surgery date, and send you a welcome packet with all the common questions for the procedure you have chosen. Please, please, please read the whole packet as well as your surgery contract before signing. For more tips keep reading below.

These are ten things everyone needs to know before going under the knife for cosmetic surgery:

  1. Plan to take some time off with a Budget. If you are traveling out of state or to a foreign country such as Colombia (widely regarded as the plastic surgery capital of the world) or any other country outside the U.S., you will need to stay there for at least one through two and half weeks for pre-op, surgery, and post-op before you can board a plane to fly back home depending on the procedure.  Other than the surgery itself always budget for the miscellaneous things, like, lab tests, medication, healthy food, transportation, hotel stay, post-op nurse, post-op supplies, 10 or more lymphatic massages, at least 3 fajas, healthy meals, recovery house, etc. 
  2. Eat a healthy diet. It is important that you have given your body the best nutrition, so it has the vitamins and minerals needed to thrive in surgery. Leading up to plastic surgery, your diet should consist of grains, legumes, fish or meat, and low-fat or almond milk. You will want to consume foods high in vitamins A, D, E, and K and folic acid. Some of the key minerals your body needs currently are calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. During Post-op, you must consume a diet high in protein and fiber and low in sodium. Also drink a lot of fluids, in particular a lot of natural pineapple juice (if you're not allergic) this will help you with the swelling.
  3. Take iron pills if needed. Lentils, beets, beef, lamb, and dark leafy greens are all high in iron, but your hemoglobin count needs to be at least 12 for surgery to be performed. If you aren't getting enough iron from food, you might need to take a supplement.
  4. Quit smoking. Nicotine has a dangerous effect on blood flow, and your system needs to be free of nicotine for surgery to be safely performed. It also affects the way your body heals as it may cause necrosis. Recommendations vary among different doctors, but most say you should be smoke-free 3 months before going under anesthesia.
  5. Detox. You shouldn't drink alcohol or caffeine a few days before surgery. Ask your coordinator when you should stop your birth control medicine or any medicine or vitamins that you are taking.
  6. Make yourself a care package.  If you are staying in a recovery house, make sure to ask what supplies will be included with your stay. These are just a few examples of things you should get for your recovery, please keep in mind that it differs depending on the procedure each person will be getting. The list goes as follows: cough drops, Chapstick, Tylenol extra strength (nothing with aspirin, also get the PM version for a better sleep), bed pads (helps absorb the blood and body fluids), poise pads, adult diapers(good for draining but make sure to buy the largest size as you will swell), arnica tea and arnica ointment (helps with swelling and bruising), triple antibiotic ointment, lipo foam, waist boards, abdominal board, bbl pillow, at least 3 front opened dark colored robes, at least 5 loose dark colored dresses, slip resistant slippers, extra pair of compression socks, medical tape (helps hold poise pads), Pedialyte (stay hydrated and stay away from red drinks as it prevents the nurse from knowing if its blood in your vomit if you vomit), and alcohol pads (smell these when you feel like fainting or if you get nausea) are a few of the items you should keep in mind when preparing your care package.
  7. Walk. After you arrive from surgery you must eat, drink fluids, and try your best to fall asleep at least 30 minutes. This will help the anesthesia to wear off quickly so that first, you may feel better, and second you may grab strength to start walking. Walking with help you recover faster and prevent you from having an embolism (blood clot that may kill you). It is also important to wear those compression socks for at least 15 days post-op 24/7. You may only remove the compression socks during massages, or showering. Try to wash the socks on the quick cycle and dry them on high so that by the time you are finished showering you may put them right back on. Walk at least every hour for 15-30 minutes. As you get stronger you may add more walking time.
  8. Patience is key. Let's be honest, naturally we want results right away, but this journey is not easy. It will feel like a roller coaster. Some days you will love your results and other days you will hate them. That is completely normal, just know your body does not stop healing until 6 months to a full year. That is why it is crucial to wear your faja as recommended, eat as recommended, and plan accordingly. Patience is key!
  9. Common sleeping position after surgery. For BBL's you cannot put any pressure on the butt or hips. The most common position is sleeping on your stomach or back if you use the bottom picture. For Tummy Tucks you must sleep inclined and only on you back. For breast procedures you must always sleep on your back in an inclined position. Place many pillows on you back until you are in an inclined position.
  10. Buy a couple of BBL Design fajas. Your Faja is your new skin, your new best friend. The faja, boards, lipo foams and lymphatic massages will not only help you recover faster but also give you the best results. You need the proper Faja and an experienced and certified Lymphatic massage therapist or it may ruin your body after surgery. The faja keeps the skin firm to the muscles, reducing swelling, improving blood circulation, and reducing fluid retention. The faja is also essential for protecting your surgical incisions and helping them remain clean, so you can avoid getting an infection or a rash. It is important to change your faja every day for a clean one. That is why one faja will not be enough. You will need at least 4 fajas including the one given to you at surgery. 

Always purchase the surgery Faja at least two sizes bigger as you will be swelling. After a few days once you notice that your faja is on the last row of hooks and it isn't giving you enough compression you must go down to your smaller faja. Here at Fajastec we offer custom alterations because we know that after lipo or BBL you will be bigger on the hips and smaller on the waist. With the alteration you can snatch your waist and abdomen to give you celebrity curves. With 4 fajas you may send us the fajas and we do the alteration tailored to your curves needs. 

Please keep in mind that the faja must be worn 24/7 (remove only for massages and showering) for the first 6 months, then you may reduce to only 8 hours a day for the remaining 6 months. Only those that follow a strict wear with their will have the best results. DO NOT BLEACH YOUR FAJAS, leave soaking over night with baking soda, peroxide, and boiling water (place peroxide and baking soda on fresh blood stains for best stain removing results). 

Surgery facilities usually don't give you good quality fajas as they only buy cheap brands to save themselves money, therefore, we recommend Colombian Brand FAJAS with more than 15 years of experience and that are not made with cotton as cotton keeps wounds moist, you must allow your wounds to heal. The recommendations usually depend on what type of surgery you are getting. 

Fajastec BBL Design Fajas are not only the most comfortable faja to recover in but the. fabric contains special components that help regenerate the skin reducing scarring and inflammation.

We hope you enjoyed and are feeling much more prepared. For more tips, please make sure to follow us on social media @fajastec (Instagram) @fajastec1(facebook), and @fajastec(youtube). Good luck!

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