Will I need DVT prophylaxis for my cosmetic surgery?
For all plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in patients undergoing a general anaesthetic I will use compression stockings and mechanical DVT prophylaxis. I will discuss the pros and cons of pharmacological venous thromboembolic prophylaxis with you and together make a decision as to whether to give this. If you have co-morbidities or a past history of DVT it is important to highlight these at a consultation as it would be usual to give pharmacological treatment as well as mechanical prevention in these cases. For elective plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery patients should not be smoking, be mobile and have a BMI under 30. Risks of DVT are significantly less if this is the case.