In 2014, 15.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed across the U.S. With such a high number, it’s safe to say our nation has taken a liking to plastic surgery. Each city across the nation is involved in the new craze. For instance, Time Magazine has said a study found that breast augmentation in Utah is searched online more than in any other city.

While most cosmetic surgeries are elective, some may be medically required. Regardless of the surgery, or the reason behind it, each patient should be prepared for their surgery—both before, and after.

While some cosmetic surgeries may seem like a quick fix, they are still a medical procedure that (in most cases) requires the patient to be anesthetized and put on the operating table to undergo a surgery that will most definitely result in parts of the body being cut open, or off.

There are two very important ways to be prepared for surgery, both before and after. These include asking questions, and getting a lot of rest.

Ask Questions

While it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll do your own research online prior to opting for a surgery, ensure that you ask your medical professional as many questions as you can.

There is no question too big or too small when it comes to finding out about your surgery. If you want to ask what types of tools or sanitation processes are used during the surgeries, do so. Your doctor is there to make you feel as comfortable and safe as possible.

Remember, cosmetic surgeries alter the appearance of many different parts of your body—including your face. Ask questions so that you know what to expect. The results that you will see in the mirror may not be anything close to what you’re used to—and even if that’s the point, it can still come as a shock.

Ask your doctor for instructions on plastic surgery after-care. Also, make sure you know if your surgery will cause bleeding or bruising. Advice your doctor if you are prone to keloid scars, just so you will be able to gage the healing process of your surgery in question.

Get Rest

Get a lot of rest both before and after surgery. Your medical professional will most often provide you with the details in a pre-operation appointment, and make sure that you follow them. Though rest may not be on the list verbatim, it is an important factor.

Along with getting plenty of rest prior to your surgery, details discussed in your pre-op appointment may tell you to refrain from food or beverage (or the opposite), certain foods and beverages to avoid, certain medications or vitamins to avoid, etc. It is also important to remove piercings during surgery.

Do not overexert yourself prior to your surgery. You will not only be going through an operation, but you will most likely wake up from it exhausted and in some sort of pain.

Post surgery, make sure you have a friend or family member that will drive you home and even stay with you. Have a relaxing environment set up for you prior to your arrival home. This will help you get plenty of worry-free rest after your surgery.

By being prepared before surgery and after, you will help ease yourself back into daily life after a full, speedy recovery.