4 Simple Tips for a Smooth Recovery from Plastic Surgery

Achieving a new look with the help of a plastic surgery procedure is not an overnight process. Obviously, the surgery itself is an extremely important part of obtaining the new, improved appearance you desire. However, the weeks before and (even more importantly) after your procedure are just as crucial to receiving and maintaining the outstanding, long-lasting aesthetic results you deserve. In order to help patients enjoy a smooth, healthy recovery period after their cosmetic surgery procedure, I have provided the following tips:

Arrange for Care after Your Procedure

You will likely need assistance in the initial two to three days after surgery. Arrange for a friend, relative, or caretaker to help ease you through this time and provide whatever help you will need. This includes a ride home after your procedure. Even if you feel well enough to resume your normal daily routine, it’s best to take it easy and have someone nearby to assist you during the early stages of your recovery.

 

4 Simple Tips for a Smooth Recovery from Plastic Surgery

Manage Your Pain Wisely

It’s quite common for patients to experience some residual pain or soreness following their surgery. Some patients may attempt to “push through their pain”. However, I strongly recommend taking the pain medication that your surgeon prescribes and not letting the pain catch up to you. Pain can lead to higher blood pressure and more bruising, which can delay your recovery time. Although some patients may prefer over-the-counter medicines like Advil or Motrin, these medicines can affect blood flow and affect your recovery. Speak with your board-certified plastic surgeon before taking any over-the-counter medication including supplements and vitamins following surgery.

 

Try to Stay Mobile

While it is essential to get plenty of rest in the first day or two after surgery, being active following your procedure can greatly aid in your recovery. Even just walking around the house or going out for some fresh air is much better than just lying around. Staying mildly active and moving around can help get the blood flowing and also help the body heal. Additionally, moving around can help reduce pain and lower your odds of constipation, which is a common side effect of prescription pain medication.

 

Keep Your Expectations Realistic

Remember that recovery after plastic surgery takes time. Whether you have a facelift, liposuction, breast reduction, or any other cosmetic procedure, you will likely experience some bruising and swelling after surgery. Be patient and keep in mind that you are not meant to see your final results immediately after surgery. So try to relax, follow your surgeon’s instructions closely, and let the natural healing process take place.

Even though it’s true that every patient is different and the healing process can change from person-to-person, it is a fact that recovery is a critical part of any cosmetic surgery journey. This is why I strongly encourage all of my patients to take their recovery seriously and contact me immediately if they have any additional questions or concerns following their procedure. If you would like to discuss a cosmetic procedure in person, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for plastic surgery tips, photos, and more.

Ask Dr. Whiteman: Cosmetic Procedures for the Face this Winter

With so much attention paid to body contouring procedures, it’s common for some people to consider facial plastic surgery an afterthought. But when trying to achieve a new, improved appearance, what better place is there to start than the face? In the hands of an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgery for the face can offer patients outstanding, life-changing results. With this in mind, I have answered some common questions about cosmetic procedures for the face to help keep patients informed this holiday season.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

The appearance of my eyes makes me look way older than I am. Would I be better off undergoing eyelid surgery or a browlift?

Sincerely,
“P”

Dear “P”,

It depends. Both eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) and a browlift can help provide a more refreshed, younger looking appearance to the areas around the eyes. During eyelid surgery, excess skin on the upper eyelid and small pockets of fat on the lower lids can be removed. A browlift focuses on the placement of the brow by treating frown lines that can make the face appear tired, sad, or angry. In some cases, the procedures can be combined to provide even more comprehensive results for certain patients. However, in order to understand all your options and determine which treatment plan is the right choice for you, it’s important to visit with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

If I undergo a facelift how long will I need to stay in the hospital after my surgery?

Sincerely,
“J”

Dear “J”,

In most cases, a facelift is an outpatient procedure. This means that unless the patient prefers to do so, they will not be required to stay in the hospital overnight. Pain following facelifts is typically minimal and patients can recover in the comfort of their own home. Although some swelling and bruising will likely occur after your procedure, these effects are temporary. And most people feel quite well after just a couple days. Patients can typically return to work after one or two weeks of recovery, however it can take up to six weeks (or longer) to see the final results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have been self-conscious about a bump on my nose for years and feel I’m finally ready to do something about it. How bad is scarring after a rhinoplasty procedure?

Sincerely,
“C”

Dear “C”,

Scarring following a rhinoplasty is generally very minor. Sometimes the procedure results in a small, barely visible scar at the base of the nose, but this will often fade over time. However, if you are that concerned about it, and you are a good candidate, I also perform a nonsurgical rhinoplasty procedure (sometimes known as a “liquid nose job”) using injectable dermal fillers. Although nonsurgical rhinoplasty cannot alter the shape or size of the nose like a surgical rhinoplasty can, it can help to smooth out bumps and other imperfections.

I hope everyone found these answers helpful. Don’t forget, Southern Plastic Surgery and our Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center offer gift cards that are good towards all of our cosmetic services. A gift card from us can be the perfect holiday gift for someone special in your life. If you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery FAQ’s with Dr. David Whiteman

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, part of my job is helping educate my patients about the various cosmetic procedures that I perform. Patient education is an integral part of the plastic surgery process. That’s why I’m always happy to answer any questions my patients have about various cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments available at Southern Plastic Surgery. By sharing certain questions I have received, my goal is to both inform and encourage others not to be shy if they have questions of their own. This week I’m fielding questions about some of my most in-demand cosmetic procedures: male breast reduction, mommy makeovers, facelifts & mini facelifts.

best-atlanta-plastic-surgeonDear Dr. Whiteman,

I’m a guy who has been dealing with the embarrassment of enlarged breasts for years. After recently hearing about it for the first time, I am very interested in male breast reduction. My question is: if I undergo this procedure, can my man boobs grow back down the road?

Sincerely,
“D”

Dear “D”,

Enlarged breasts in men, known as gynecomastia, is often caused by a hormonal issue that leads to excess breast tissue. Instead of attacking the symptoms, male breast reduction treats the root cause of gynecomastia by surgically removing the extra breast tissue. Because of this, results from male breast reduction can last a lifetime. However, it’s vital that you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery recommendations closely in order to maintain your male breast reduction results. Gynecomastia can reoccur as a result of steroid use, abuse of recreational drugs, certain medical conditions, or even considerable weight gain.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

In your opinion, when is the right time to undergo a mommy makeover? Do I have to be a mommy first?

Sincerely,
“R”

Dear “R”,

You do not have to be a mommy to undergo a mommy makeover, but there are other considerations to be aware of before having your surgery. For starters, it’s important to remember that a mommy makeover consists of three body contouring procedures (a tummy tuck using my Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast surgery) and patients should not expect considerable weight loss after a mommy makeover. I advise my patients reach their goal weight before undergoing their procedure. Additionally, you should not consider a mommy makeover if you plan to become pregnant in the future, as pregnancy can negatively affect or even reverse the results of your procedure.

Dear Dr. Whiteman,

I have begun to do some preliminary research about facelifts. Can you detail the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?

Sincerely,
“B”

Dear “B”,

Both a full facelift and a mini facelift (known as a rapid recovery lift) can help rejuvenate your appearance by tightening and smoothing facial skin. They differ in the degree to which they treat facial aging. Full facelifts are intended to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation to multiple areas of the face, whereas the mini facelift is specifically intended for patients who are showing early signs of aging in the lower third part of the face (including the neck, mid-face area, and jowls). During a consultation, I will explain the differences between these procedures in detail, including their respective recovery times required, to help determine which procedure is best for you.

I hope you found this helpful and informative. If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. At Southern Plastic Surgery, we offer complimentary plastic surgery consultations for patients seeking guidance on how cosmetic surgery can help them achieve their aesthetic goals. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for additional news, photos, videos, and updates.