Preparing for Chin Reduction Surgery

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Your preparation for chin reduction surgery is important to ensuring that there are no complications and that you get the results that you are expecting. Because of this, it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines set out by your surgeon.

Diet before Chin Reduction Surgery

It is important that you ensure that your body is as strong and as healthy as possible before you undergo chin reduction surgery. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that you are eating a healthy and balanced diet. This means eating a balance of carbohydrates and fruit and vegetables, whilst eating slightly less meat, fish, and dairy products, and limiting the amount of high fat and sugar foods that you take in. You should not go on a diet prior to surgery unless this has been recommended by your doctor. Instead of dieting, you should attempt to increase your intake of healthy foods by eating them in the place of unhealthy alternatives. You should stop drinking alcohol for a few days before your surgery.

You will be give advice on what to eat and drink immediately before your chin reduction surgery. As it requires a general anaesthetic, you will not be able to eat or drink anything for at least six hours before you go under.

Medications and Supplements before Chin Reduction Surgery

You must always inform your surgeon of any medications that you are taking during the consultation before your surgery. If you start taking any new medications between this consultation and the surgery, you should inform the surgeon as soon as you start taking them.

When you inform your surgeon of the medications that you are taking this should always include:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Non prescription drugs
  • Vitamins, minerals, and supplements
  • Herbal remedies

You may be required to stop taking some of these medications for a certain period before your surgery. You must do this to be safe to operate on. If you are concerned about stopping any of your medications, you should speak to either your surgeon or your GP about it. You may also be told to start taking certain medications or supplements if your body is lacking in the products that it requires to undergo surgery.

Smoking Before Chin Reduction Surgery

If you are a smoker, it is important that you stop smoking for as long as possible before your chin reduction surgery. The ideal amount of time for which you should stop smoking before surgery is two months. If you are unable to do this, you should speak to your surgeon about how it could affect your recovery.

Smoking leading up to your chin reduction surgery can extend your recovery time by a long period as it limits oxygen distribution in your blood. This means that your body cannot get the products that it needs to heal after surgery and as a result, your recovery period will be prolonged.

Other Preparations for Chin Reduction Surgery

As well as the medical preparations that you will have to make to undergo surgery, there are some practical preparations that you should make. For example, you will not be able to drive yourself home when you are discharged the day after surgery. This means that you will need to arrange for transport.

Due to the discomfort that you will experience after your chin reduction surgery, you will struggle to eat certain foods. You should try to prepare for this as much as possible by stocking up on foods that will be more manageable. This includes soft foods such as porridge and soup.

You should also ensure that you have a good supply of painkillers to get you through the discomfort. During this period, you will also want to stay occupied. You should make sure that you have books, films, or other things to keep you occupied during the recovery period.

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