Preparing for your surgery

Surgery of any kind must be considered wisely and must be carried out in the safest possible way.  Below is a suggested guide that you are advised to follow in preparation for your operation.

Frequenty Asked Questions

What medication should I avoid?

It is important to avoid taking aspirin, or similar blood-thinning products before undergoing most plastic surgery procedures. This should be for 2-weeks either side of the operation. Aspirin has an adverse effect on bruising. The same is true for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen, Nurofen and Diclofenac).

For simple skin produres such as mole removal , there is no restriction on taking aspirin (or similar) would not prevent surgery from going ahead.

Can I take other herbal remedies?

Herbal medicines should also be avoided as they may also increase your bleeding tendency.

Alcohol should be avoided for 2-days prior to surgery due to the effects on increasing blood flow.

Can I smoke prior to surgery?

Smoking has serious effects on wound healing and infection rates, so ideally should be stopped a minimum of 8-weeks before surgery.

It also can cause problems due to coughing which can cause bleeding to start after your operation; a problem that is of particular concern in facial operations.

Mr Sawyer will not undertake surgery in people who smoker for facelifts, breast reductions and tummy tucks.

What can I help to stop bruising?

Arnica can helpful to reduce bruising.  Although there is not definitive evidence for this. If you wish to use arnica you should begin 2-3 days before the operation and continue for a week afterwards.

How long do I need to stave before surgery?

For local anaesthetic operations (with you awake) you may eat and drink normally.

For general anaesthetic operations (with you asleep) you should not eat anything for at least 6-hours prior to surgery. You may drink water up until 2-hours before surgery. Details of the exact starvation times will be usually determined the day before your procedure

When should I come to hospital on the day of surgery?

The hospital will contact you to make the arrangements for your operation.

Will I need a preoperative assessment?

Some cosmetic procedures require an assessment and if this is necessary the hospital will make these arrangements for you.

What should I bring into hospital?

Pack everything as you would do for a hotel stay for 1 to 2 nights.  Remember to bring your normal toiletries and any regular medication you take.

For eyelid or facial procedures, is it sensible to bring a pair of sunglasses and a headscarf to wear home.

Please see the information on individual procedures for specific information that may be relevant to you, such as surgical bras or post-operative compression garments.

What if I become ill (flu & common cold) shortly before surgery?

If you develop any sort of illness prior to the operation please contact Mr Sawyer’s office as your surgery may need to be delayed until you are well.

Mr Sawyer is one of the best surgeon I have ever met. He takes the time to listen and understand what it is you want from the surgery and gives you an honest and reliable answer. I am over the moon with my results and would recommend Mr Sawyer to anyone who is looking to go private. The after care from the surgery was amazing knowing that Mr Sawyer was contactable at any time and even while I was away on holiday knowing I could just email him with any concerns. He takes the time to make sure that there is no scaring which I feel is such an important thing as a young women. Could not have asked for a better person or more trust worth person to have had as my doctor. Wish he was my doctor for all thigs :)

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