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All patients are given a list of things to prepare for and to avoid prior to their procedure day to ensure their wellbeing and safety. We are often asked “why?” or “it is actually necessary?” Yes it is! So below is an insight as to why you can’t wear deodorant and have to remove your acrylic nails among other requirements:
1. Do not apply false tan for a period of 7 days prior to surgery
- The skin needs to be clean for the procedure; your surgeon will use an antibacterial wash in the area prior to making incisions. This can make tan run which can contaminate the area and possibly lead to infection.
2. Do not apply any moisturiser to your skin for a period of 24 hours prior to your operation
- Similar to fake tan, moisturiser will sit on the skin and could get into the operation site and cause infection.
3. Do not drink alcohol 48 hours prior to your surgery
- Alcohol thins your blood therefore drinking close to surgery increases the risk of bleeding and delayed wound healing.
4. Stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to surgery
- Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to the cells; wounds need oxygen to heal therefore continuing to smoke will delay wound healing, can cause wound breakdown and increases the risk of infection.
5. Remove all false eyelashes
- Tape is sometimes needed to shut patient’s eyes during anaesthetic and this could cause damage to the eyelashes when removed.
6. Remove false nails/gels/nail varnish
- The surgical team need to monitor oxygen levels through a device that is put on the end of the patient’s finger, therefore false nails/gels/nail varnish can hinder this reading.
7. Remove all makeup
- Make up can contaminate the area of operation and cause risk of infection.
8. Remove all piercings before admission to hospital
- All metal piercings must be removed as they can cause burns to the area due to the equipment that is used during surgery.
9. Hair extensions will need removing prior to surgery if they contain any form of metal or copper
- Can cause burns to the scalp because of the equipment used during surgery.
10. Shower the morning of your surgery
- This is to make sure the skin is as clean as possible to reduce the chance of infection, as any bacteria on the skin can get into the wound during surgery.
11. Do not apply deodorant after your shower
- This will still be on the skin and could go into the operation site and increases the risk of infection.
12. Please tie up your hair up if it is of the length to do so
- This is to keep it out of the way during the procedure, please use a non-mental elastic bobble, please see question 9.
13. Please wear loose fitting dark clothes to the hospital that fasten up at the front
- This enables you to be comfortable and change easily before and after your procedure. Dark clothing is preferred in case of any leaking or stains, which could occur from wounds.
14. Advise your nurse before surgery if you think you could be pregnant
- We do not operate on anyone who is pregnant as a general anaesthetic could cause harm to the baby. A pregnancy test will be performed on the morning of your surgery by the hospital.
15. Please wear a sanitary towel rather than tampon on the day of surgery if you are on your period
- This is more hygienic during a long surgery day; always inform the ward nurse that you are on your period on the day of surgery