Header: Credit: Shutterstock You have been thinking about your procedure for a long time and are now counting down the days. Your hospital bag is packed and you are emotionally prepared but are you de-beautified and clinically ready for surgery? There are several things you must do before your procedure that some MYA girls may find difficult dealing with. We get these questions all the time so hopefully the below will help:

1. Remove hair extensions

This is for patients who have metal bonded hair extensions. This is because during the operation it may be necessary to use diathermy. Diathermy is an electric current that is used to seal bleeding blood vessels. If you are wearing any metal, and it comes into contact with fluid (e.g. blood, amniotic fluid or antiseptic solution) during the use of diathermy, it could cause the metal to ‘short’ resulting in burns. The surgeon would be unaware of this and you would not be able to feel the burning due to your anaesthetic.

2. Remove nail varnish/acrylic nails/gel nails

The anaesthetist will need to monitor the oxygen levels in your blood during the operation. This is done by placing a plastic probe onto your finger, which may not work properly over acrylic nails/nail vanish/gel nails.

3. Remove fake tan

During surgery, your surgeon will rub the area where the incision is made with a iodine to help kill bacteria. This will lift the fake tan and can cause issues for the surgeon. He must have remove all the fake tan from the area to ensure the area is sterile as not to cause unnecessary risk of infection.

4. No wearing deodorant the day of procedure

This is to avoid the risk of contamination to the area in which the incision is made, especially for patients undergoing breast procedures due to the close proximity.

5. No wearing moisturiser/body lotion on the day of procedure

Wearing moisturiser or body lotion makes it harder for the clinical team to make the area sterile and make the ECG dots stick to your body. ECG dots link up to a machine that monitors your heart rate during surgery.

6. Tying hair up on the day of procedure

Long hair must be tied up using a non-metal hair bobble. Although your hair will be put in a hair net, it makes it easier and less prone to getting caught or in the way during surgery.

7. All piercings/jewellery removed

We would advise patients to remove jewellery and piercings prior to attending the hospital or clinic as we cannot be held responsible for personal belongings. Similar to the reasons explained regarding metal bond hair extensions, all piercings/jewellery must be removed as during the operation it may be necessary to use diathermy. Diathermy is an electric current that is used to seal bleeding blood vessels. If you are wearing any metal, and it comes into contact with fluid (e.g. blood, amniotic fluid or antiseptic solution) during the use of diathermy, it could cause the metal to ‘short’ resulting in burns. The surgeon would be unaware of this and you would not be able to feel the burning due to your anaesthetic.

8. No make up

While you are under anaesthesia or sedation, you do not have a blink reflex so small particles of makeup (especially mascara) could injure your eyes.

9. Remove eyelash extensions

This is in case your surgical team decides to use tape over your eyelids. Upon removing the tape, it could pull on lash extensions and damage your eyelashes.

10. Shower the evening or morning of procedure

It is advised to shower with non-perfumed products the evening or morning of your procedure to reduce the amount of microbes on the skin. Think au-natural when it comes to your procedure day. All of the above is for your safety and well-being; should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask your clinic nurse.