Healthy Recovery from Cosmetic Surgery
Your body needs proper rest and calm surrounding in order to restore itself after a surgical procedure. It is important to understand that the recovery process following your surgery differs from patient to patient, and just as importantly, the type and number of procedures you undergo.
Procedure(s) aside, it is important to consider that the physical and emotional issues that can occur during recovery. It is important to not rush the recovery process as allowing your body to properly heal will lead to more rewarding results.
Here are a few tips for a Healthy Recovery from your Cosmetic Surgery
1. Plan your recovery time. Depending upon the surgery, recovery time could range from a few days to a few weeks. Keep this in mind as it affects your work, family, and social schedules after surgery.
2. After discharge from the hospital follow your surgeon’s guidelines. Whether it’s taking prescribed medication or when to resume regular exercise, or hygiene instructions, your surgeon can provide the best advice for a safe and healthy recovery.
3. If you have had surgery to the head or neck, such as a brow lift or neck lift, it is important to keep the area elevated for several days following your surgery. By doing this, it will help reduce the swelling and increase the recovery process without compromising the results.
4. Arrange for care for the initial 48 to 72 hours after surgery. Even though you may believe you can resume your normal routines, having someone there to assist you will bring peace of mind and allow the healing process to occur normally and with less disruption.
5. Keep your appointment for regular follow up for wound dressing etc.
6. Do report to your surgeon if there is any unusual changes in your condition (such as bleeding, temperature etc)
7. Rehydrate your body often. Surgery of any kind can reduce fluids in your body. Drinking water frequently will help replenish these lost body fluids. Also, eat lightly for the first few days and only food that is easy to swallow and digest.
8. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Use sunblock with proper UV protection to protect your skin.
9. Be realistic in your expectations. Let’s face it, you’re going to look worse before getting better. Just about all types of cosmetic surgery procedures involve bruising and swelling. Your real results won’t reveal themselves for a few days (or longer) so don’t panic! Let the natural healing process take place.