Most patients head into plastic surgery in anticipation of the results to come. However, those results do not appear right away – most surgical procedures involve a recovery process to allow the body to heal before results become evident. The success of your procedure will depend in part on the success of your recovery. To ensure you do everything in your power to achieve the best possible outcome, follow these tips for a safe and successful recovery period.
Practice Healthy Habits
Recovery from plastic surgery actually begins before the procedure even takes place. Surgeons agree that healing is more effective for non-smoking patients that have achieved a healthy weight. Ask your surgeon about any medications you are currently taking that could impact your healing process. Eliminate caffeine and alcohol in the days leading up to your surgery.
After your procedure, rest is one of the most important elements in a healthy recuperation process. Make sure you are prepared to take it easy by planning ahead for the recovery process. Stock up on groceries and make some meals ahead of time that you can stick in the freezer until you are ready for them. Fill prescriptions before surgery and line up extra care at home for the first few days so you don’t feel compelled to take on the care-giving yourself.
You are likely to come out of your plastic surgery with a list of instructions on how to care for your incisions and promote proper healing. Follow those instructions to the letter as much as you can, to provide your body all the support and assistance it needs to recover. Medications, ice packs, and incision hygiene should never be compromised after any type of surgery, including plastic surgery procedures.
Take Sufficient Time
Patients are likely to feel worse after plastic surgery before they begin to improve. Give yourself ample time at home before you head back to work, school or other activities. In addition to providing your body with the rest it needs, you won’t feel self-conscious about greeting friends and family with the tell-tale signs of plastic surgery still lurking.
Follow Good Skin Care
Once you are ready to resume your daily schedule, make sure you give your skin all the TLC it needs. Use sun protection daily, since UV rays can impact the healing of your incisions. Use skincare products recommended by your surgeon that are designed to work particularly well after plastic surgery procedures. In addition to helping your body heal, you will be enhancing the appearance of your skin overall.
Healing from surgery takes time and patience. By preparing for the process ahead of time, you will be more likely to get through the recovery process without undue discomfort or complications. To learn more about plastic surgery recovery, contact Pure Aesthetics on 02 9252 9262.