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.
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.