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Experts give advice on preparing for surgery

Every surgical procedure carries a risk, but there are ways of minimising that risk and ensuring you have the best chance of a successful recovery.

In their new book, The Viels' Beauty Bible: Look and Feel Fabulous With or Without Cosmetic Surgery, Roberto and Maurizio Viel provide advice on reducing the risks associated with surgery.

In an extract printed in the Daily Mail, the authors advise doing your homework on your surgeon, including finding out how many procedures he carries out in a day as, "if you're ninth or tenth in the queue, the risks of your surgeon making a mistake will increase".

The Viels also recommend stopping smoking and becoming fitter before an operation, as well as ensuring that the surgeon is aware of any allergies and medication that you may be on, including the Pill, HRT, anti-depressants and even natural supplements.

"Some have adverse effects on recovery usually because they thin the blood too much," they reveal, adding that vitamin E, garlic and ginseng can all have an effect.

Finally, the authors recommend avoiding too much cosmetic surgery in one go.

"Be guided by your surgeon and remember: the longer you're under general anaesthetic, the more risk there is."

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