Post-Operative Tips for a Successful Surgical Recovery

The recovery period after plastic/cosmetic surgery can be tedious, and intimidating. It is critical that you allow your body the proper time to heal following a surgical procedure. It is important to prepare both physically & mentally to help with a smooth recovery process.

1. No smoking or vaping- Smoking/vaping causes the blood vessels to constrict, decreasing blood flow that is needed for proper healing.
2. Walk throughout the day- Do not become a couch potato! Walking after surgery helps to reduce the risk of blood clots by improving circulation. This means walking to the bathroom, strolling around the kitchen a few times per day.
3. Be patient and trust the process- Before and after pictures show incredible results, however they don’t show the in between process. You will not look or feel like yourself after surgery. Final results can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Pain, swelling and bruising are all expected and temporary. Cover up mirrors during the recovery process. Do not focus on appearance until healing is complete.
4. Eat, Eat, Eat- You will lose your appetite after surgery. However, food helps your body heal from the stress of surgery. Protein is especially important after surgery. Protein helps repair damaged tissue, fights off infections & synthesizes collagen. Good protein sources are chicken, fish, seafood, nuts, and lean ground beef.
5. Drink water- Anesthesia & pain medication can cause constipation. It is important to drink plenty of water and eat high fiber foods such as whole grain bread, fruits and vegetables. Also walking throughout the day can stimulate the bowel.
6. Take the pain meds- Take the pain meds as prescribed. You should expect to have some pain after surgery. Pain medication will keep you comfortable but it will also speed up recovery.
7. Support System- Surround your self with friends and family that support your surgical decision. DO NOT be afraid to ask for help. Let your friends and family take care of you. You will need some physical and emotional assistance.
8. Follow your doctor’s instructions- Your doctor will give you a list of recovery instructions for a reason. Not following their instructions can have regrettable consequences. Do not look for advice on the Internet Call you doctor at anytime if you have any questions or concerns.
9. You are not alone-take heart in knowing many people have gone through the same process. It is normal to have feelings of fear, doubt, guilt, apprehension, or nervousness. Elective surgery is unknown territory for many. Despite all attempts of preoperative education, when it happens to you it becomes personal. We ask if you have any questions concerns to please contact us

The recovery period after plastic surgery is often the most difficult part of the process. Remember the healing process is an essential part of the journey. Being both physically & mentally prepared, having a positive attitude and following these tips can promote faster healing and the best possible outcome for years to come.

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