Preparing for Surgery Abroad

Before Surgery Abroad

When having any surgery, including plastic surgery abroad, it is essential that you follow the advice from your doctor or surgeon. The information below is intended as a guide only and does not supersede the information and advice given by a medical professional.

Vitamin E and Aspirin:
Do not take Vitamin E or medication containing Aspirin, e.g. Alka-Seltzer, before your cosmetic plastic surgery as this could result in excessive bleeding. It is advisable to inform your cosmetic surgeon of any medications or health related supplements, including homoeopathic medicines you may be taking, some dietary supplements, herbs, or herbal medications may cause similar problems.

It is highly advised to cut out all supplementation altogether a minimum of 1 week before your cosmetic surgery abroad.

No smoking:
This advice may sound harsh for the avid smoker, however it is essential as one of the primary functions of an anaesthetic is to reduce coughing and spasms during surgery. Since smokers lungs are aggravated by tobacco, they require a much higher dose of anaesthetic than non smokers as the likelihood of them coughing whilst anaesthetised is much greater.

Smoking also slows down the postoperative recovery rate, increases the chance of postoperative problems and makes your breath smell. To minimize possible cosmetic plastic surgery complications such as skin loss and major scarring e.g. tummy tuck or facelift scars, smokers must stop using all tobacco products.

Stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before your cosmetic plastic surgery, and 4 weeks or more after your cosmetic surgery abroad. Nicorette gum and nicotine patches release the harmful vasoconstrictor and cannot be used either.

When to stop eating/drinking:
As most cosmetic surgery procedures mean you’ll be going under a general anaesthetic, it is essential that you stop eating and drinking a number of hours before ‘going under’. Your cosmetic surgeon will advise you when you must stop eating & drinking. This is usually the night before your operation.

Laser Eye Surgery Preparation

If you are having corrective laser eye surgery (LASIK) and wear contact lenses, it is important that you revert to wearing glasses well in advance of your surgery. This varies depending on the type of lenses you wear.

  • Soft lenses – revert to wearing glasses 4 days before your consultation
  • Semi hard lenses – 10 days before your consultation
  • Hard lenses – 2 weeks before your consultation

Medical Compression Garments

Medical compression garments are required to aid your recovery after certain cosmetic procedures, most commonly liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Compression garments help to reduce swelling and lumps after the procedure

Compression garments are not included in your cosmetic surgery package, however you need to pre-order these to ensure that we have the garment in your size. There is a section on our booking form regarding ordering compression garments in your size.

One of our ground staff will visit you in either your hotel or your hospital room to assist with the fitting of your compression garment, and will advise if the size you ordered is correct, if not they will put you in the correct size. Payment for your compression garments will be taken at this stage.

If you are having breast surgery, bring a ‘non-wired’ sports bra in the correct size. If you are having breast enlargement, you’ll need the size you’re going to be.

Packing For Your Trip

As Malaysia is a stone’s throw from the equator, you’ll only need light clothing. It has been known to rain in this part of the world so a waterproof and an umbrella are also advisable. As the state religion in Malaysia is Islam, modest clothing is ‘the norm’, however it is a very open & multicultural country. You can wear whatever you like as long as it’s decent.

If you are visiting any religious sites, short pants, dresses or skirts and sleeveless tops are out of the question. As the sun can be strong here, it is best to cover up with lightweight cotton or linen shirts and long skirts, dresses or trousers and a wide brimmed hat.

We recommend that you pack the following:

  • Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Shorts & copped pants
  • Long skirts & dresses
  • A wide brimmed hat
  • A light raincoat

Shopping is very cheap in Kuala Lumpur, so packing next to nothing and buying your clothing whilst here is a viable option. Just be aware of excess baggage regulations on your flight home!

Laundry services
All accommodations have both laundry facilities and a laundry service

Cosmetic surgery scars
In order to aid heeling, it is best that any scars from your cosmetic surgery procedure be kept out of the sun. Long loose tops, wide summer hats, large sunglasses, scarves and sunblock will all help.

If you are having a facelift, we also recommend you bring a shirt with two breast pockets to hold your drainage pouches, which you will have for the first 2 days after your cosmetic surgery treatment.

What to take for your Hospital Stay

Usually, your hospital admission will be a day or two after you arrive. Bring the following with you to make your stay in hospital as pleasant as possible:

  • Nightgown
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, a flannel and a towel (bring one from the hotel)
  • A small amount of cash for snacks and drinks
  • Reading material – magazines and a book
  • Any medication your doctor has approved
  • Contact lenses or glasses (if used)
  • Healthy snacks (not to be consumed when on ‘nil by mouth’ prior to your surgery)

Do not bring any jewellery or other valuables. These are best kept in the safe in your hotel or apartment as the hospitals do not accept responsibility for items lost or stolen.

Post-operative Depression

It is completely normal to have a few low days after any surgical procedure, and cosmetic surgery is no different. You will experience bruising, swelling and in many cases, short term depression as you recuperate. The anaesthetic and other medications do have mild side effects and these will contribute to the ‘low’ days you’ll experience as you recover.

Many people begin to feel that they may have not made the right decision in the days following their cosmetic surgery procedure. This is completely normal as until you have fully healed, you won’t look or feel your best and may be bedridden for a few days. Mild depression, sadness, anxiety are all perfectly normal after any operation or surgical procedure. The good news is you are not alone in having these feelings and they will pass.

Time is the greatest healer, as is laughter. Drinking plenty of water will aid your recovery. Reading a good book (something charming or jolly) will help raise your mood. Remedies to help the swelling and bruising ebb such as Arnica (a herbal supplement) are also good for recovering from plastic surgery abroad.

If you need any support as you recover, our team of representatives are experienced and fully understand what you are going through. You will be assigned a member of our ground staff on arrival at your hotel, and this is the person you can call on for support or advice throughout your cosmetic surgery holiday.

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