Meet the Pre-Operative Team! From Left to right: Bettsy, Ana (back), Yohania, Claudia, Liz (back), Yisel, Michelle
We sat down with Eres Plastic Surgery’s pre-operative manager, Claudia, to discuss the questions her department gets asked most frequently by patients.
“Our patients ask all sorts of questions, some stranger than others! We get asked about piercings, waxing, sex, we have heard it all! I love that our patients feel open enough to ask us even the most embarrassing questions, that’s why we are here!” Claudia
Can I have all my procedures at once?
Some procedures can be combined as is the case with a Mommy Makeover, where a Tummy Tuck can be combined with a breast lift, reduction or implants.
Procedures involving liposuction can’t be combined with any other, such as BBL, because for safety, we are restricted to extracting a maximum of 1 liter of fat, which may not be enough to achieve the desired results.
Should I take vitamin supplements in preparation for surgery?
Some vitamin supplements cause bleeding, while others may impede recovery. Patients should not take any vitamin supplements in the weeks leading up to surgery.
Can I have sex before surgery?
Sure! As long as you use protection! Surgeons require patients to stop using or remove birth control methods, putting patients at a higher risk for pregnancy in the 30 days leading up to surgery. Please enjoy, but use a condom!
What does my hemoglobin level need to be? Why?
The hemoglobin in your blood carries oxygen. Since you will lose some blood with your surgery it's important to know that you're at a safe level before surgery. Most healthy people have hemoglobin from 12.0-15.0 and most people will feel to be reasonably safe for surgery it should be above 12.0.
The most common reason for low hemoglobin is not enough iron in your diet. Taking a vitamin with about 18mg. of iron will keep most people within normal levels. If you're out of normal range I suggest you consult your regular doctor to see if they feel you need to do more to see why it's low. If no other problems are found the usual first and easiest thing to do is increase the iron in your diet. It usually takes some time to see a significant improvement.
Can I have my prescription before surgery?
We understand that patients like to have their “ducks in a row” so they don’t have any details to take care of during recovery; however we do not issue prescriptions for pain killers until patients are on their way home.
Does my insurance cover my pain medication? Do I have insurance coverage in Florida?
Please contact your insurance provider for details on coverage.
Is there a pharmacy nearby where I can have my Rx filled?
There are several pharmacies near Eres Plastic Surgery.
Can I pay with my boyfriend’s credit card?
Anyone can pay on your behalf as long as you provide their email, they complete the necessary documents via docusign, and send a photo of their ID and photo of their credit card front and back. If paying in parson, they simply have to be present and provide the credit card and a valid photo ID.
When do I sit down with the surgeon?
It depends on the surgeon, for the most part, the day of surgery. Pro operative consultations may be done with another surgeon, or other medical staff. The day of surgery, patients have a full consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure.
What should I buy prior to surgery?
- Comfortable, loose fitting clothing you are willing to part with, since it may get stained with blood. Go up a size from your current dress size to accommodate swelling, and to make it easier to disrobe. The best are the kind that button from the front since mobility of the arms may be difficult due to pain and swelling, especially if having procedures of the breasts.
- Comfortable and stable shoes which slip on and off. Patients following surgery can’t bend over to tie shoes, or force their feet in and out of shoes.
- Extra towels and sheets to protect your car, furniture, and bed. Bleeding is normal after a surgery. Protect your belongings by having extra towels which can be disposed of afterwards.
- Soft healthy foods, low in sodium. After surgery patients can become constipated, or feel queasy. Stock the pantry with soups, jello, fresh fruit and vegetables. NO MILK, NO DAIRY!
- Water and sports drinks. It is imperative patients rehydrate after surgery. Not only to flush the anesthesia, and ease constipation, but to support the healing process. Patients should drink about 2 gallons of water a day following surgery.
- Arnica cream: It relieves pain, bruising, swelling, and helps wounds heal faster.
Can I wax before my surgery?
Please do not wax in preparation for surgery. Since hot wax removes a superficial layer of skin, it makes patients susceptible to infections. We encourage patients to shave thoroughly.
When will my surgery time be confirmed?
Surgery times are confirmed the afternoon before the surgery, sometimes late in the evening.
What should I bring with me the day of surgery?
The comfortable clothing and shoes we mentioned previously. Patients must bring a buddy with them; to escort them home. Lastly, patients must bring extra money for unforeseen expenses. Patients must pay for a day-of urinalysis, and may wish to purchase additional compression garments, and other unforeseen expenses.
Can I leave my piercings/dermals in for surgery?
Metal piercings such as hoops or barbells must be removed or replaced with silicone or plastic rings. Dermal piercings must be removed and fully healed prior to surgery.
Can I get a tattoo before my surgery?
Please do not. Tattoos must be fully healed prior to surgery.
Why do I have to remove my acrylics and nail polish?
Artificial nails and finger nail polish must be removed prior to surgery because the color of the finger nails is indicative of the level of oxygen in the blood, in the event of a sudden loss in oxygen level, the nails turn blue. Aside from blocking the medical team’s view of the color of your nail, a probe is placed on the fingertip to monitor the blood oxygen level; the probe can’t read through nail polish or artificial nails.
How long is the operation itself?
The time usually depends on the complexity of the procedure. Below is a list of the average length of our most popular surgeries:
- Brazilian Butt Lift ----- 2.5 hours
- Breast Lift (Masto) ----- 3 hours
- Mommy Makeover ----- 4.5 hours
- Breast Implants ----- 1 hour
- Tummy Tuck ----- 1.5 hours
- Liposuction ----- 2 hours
Are the anesthesiologists certified or just OR nurses?
We contract our anesthesiologists through Del Risco & Associates, who specialize in Anesthesiology.
What can I eat after surgery?
Avoid overly processed unhealthy foods which cause inflammation such as refined carbohydrates (bread), fried fatty foods, junk food, foods high in sodium. Instead, opt for foods with anti-inflammatory properties, such as salmon, avocado, fresh fruits and vegetables (NOT canned!) fresh spices such as turmeric, oregano, and ginger. Eat plenty of dark leafy greens which are chock full of antioxidants. Stay away from sodium and salty foods at all costs, and don’t forget to drink 2 gallons of water.
How soon after surgery can I have sex? (I want to break my new body in!)
Procedures with small incisions, such as a BBL or lipo, you may resume moderate physical activities as soon as your drains are out and your wounds are near healed.
Procedures with larger incisions such as a tummy tuck and breast reduction or lift, wait until the incisions are fully healed before engaging in any vigorous exercise.
When can I travel back to my home state?
Plan on staying in Miami at least a week after the surgery, as thee is at least one follow up appointment. More specific information for out of town patients including travel time frames can be seen HERE
“We encourage patients to be honest and open with the pre-operative team regarding their lifestyle and medical conditions. We are by no means here to judge, our priority is to ensure patient safety during and each procedure. Make a list of questions and email or call us. Our department motto is: An informed patient is a happy patient.”