Stylin’ for surgery

Stylin’ for surgery

OP. DR. YUNUS DOĞAN

Diet? Check. Medication? Check. Great pants and a sweater?

Preparing for plastic surgery involves a couple different checklists. We provided a short list here. Your body needs to be physically strong and ready for the stress of surgery. Your bank account also needs fortification. If you’re traveling for plastic surgery in Istanbul or anywhere else, you need to organize appropriate visas and other paperwork and schedule flights. Accommodations need to be made or organized for your clumsy recovery time. With all this planning, have you even thought about what to wear?

No one is looking at your clothes

Now is the time to dress for comfort over fashion. You want loose-fitting clothing on top and bottom. Your post-surgical compression garments will be plenty snug so find relief where you can and wear your most comfortable and loose clothes on the day of surgery.

Think ahead to when you might not be able to move your arms as freely as normal and wear a button down or zipper-front shirt. Avoid tops that must go over your head, as you might not be able to raise your arms above shoulder level after arm liposuction, arm lift, or some back procedures. Consider how it will feel to push your newly lifted face through a small neck hole.

Wear your biggest sweatpants or athletic pants to the hospital. You can easily slip them off to slip into your surgical gown and if you feel like wearing them after surgery, they’ll be the easiest option. But you might not want to wear them again and that’s ok.

One of the few acceptable times to go without pants

In addition to working remotely, this is one of the few times in your adult life when no one will judge you for not wearing pants. Congratulations on your newfound southern freedom! It’s temporary so air it out and live it up.

You will most likely wake up from surgery in a faja and that will be your outfit for the next several days. You will not change your clothes for what will seem like forever but trust us, it’s part of the process. Your post-surgery garments are honestly all that you need right now.

Check it out: don’t check a bag

If you’re traveling far for your surgery, you can pack light. In your single carry-on bag, pack that outfit we just talked about to wear on the day of surgery. Bring a robe or a long night shirt to wear over your faja after surgery.

If you’re getting 360 degree liposuction or a breast reduction, you might finally be able to see your feet! If you’re getting breast implants, you might be shuffling blind. Either way, whether you have a visual or not, you will want to be able to slide your feet into your shoes. Do not wear or bring athletic shoes or any kind that will need tied, strapped or buckled. You want slides or slippers. Cushioned footbeds usually feel great but might be a little tight if your feet are swollen.

Manage that manicure or pass on the pedicure

Painted nails are pretty to look at and can make you smile while you’re bedridden BUT they can also hinder your surgical team’s ability to monitor your vital signs. Nail polish can hide symptoms of poor blood circulation. Medical professionals regularly look at the color of your nail beds to check your blood oxygen level. If they can’t see your fingernails, they will check your toenails. If you must have nail art, have it on your hands OR favor your feet. Do not tag all twenty.

Keep your fingernails short, or at the minimum, your index fingernails. If a long fingernail pulls the pulse oximeter (aka “pulse ox”) too far from your fingertip, the accuracy of the oximeter’s reading may be affected.

Keep the jewelry at home

You will be required to remove ALL jewelry prior to anesthesia. Even the most hygienic patient may unknowingly carry bacteria into the operating room via a ring or piercing. Your surgical team has created a sterile environment for your safety and your jewelry poses a risk to that sterility.

Electrocautery is a common part of surgery where electric current is used to seal bleeding blood vessels. This electric current can easily travel to metal jewelry, resulting in various degrees of burns to the patient.

Swelling is also a concern. Your wedding ring is a symbol of undying love but it could also result in the death of blood flow to your digit. In some cases, where patients are unable to remove their jewelry under their own power, surgical teams will cut jewelry away.

Verywell.health wrote an informative piece about some other reasons why donning your jewels is a big “don’t.” Bear in mind that you may not need to be completely bare of your baubles. You should ask for your surgeon’s recommendations but understand that the safest route is to do without.

The last stitch

Now is not the time for flashy clothes or your crown jewels. Leave your designer name brands at home for when you’ve recovered. Choose to save the Jimmy Choos for when the swelling has gone down and your spirits have gone back up. Dress comfortably so your body’s energy is used on respite rather than radiance.

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