Patients approaching plastic surgery often focus heavily on the procedure, and rightfully so. But one of the greatest determining factors in the success of these procedures is the patient’s ability to recover afterward. Here are five tips for post-surgery recovery so that you can rest easy after your procedure at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group.
Go In Healthy
As with most things, one of the best ways to set yourself up for success is to prepare accordingly before the surgery date. That means getting your body in the healthiest state possible by:
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly
- Eliminating caffeine and alcohol
- Preparing your home environment so that you can focus on recovery after the procedure
- Receiving a thorough checkup from your doctor to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery
Go In Realistic
After an operation, you may come out looking worse before you look better. Swelling, bruising, and other uncomfortable or embarrassing physical side effects are part of a normal recovery. Take time off work. Make your house a comfortable spot for recovery. And do NOT worry about how you look right away.
Patients should try to obtain at-home assistance for the 24-72 hours following plastic surgery depending on the surgery you undergo. This allows you the time to rest and focus on recovery while someone else prepares food and keeps you comfortable. And this support is not just physical. Many patients benefit greatly from having someone to talk to during a time when they could easily be downtrodden due to pain, bruising, or any other after-effects of surgery.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions
Your surgeons will provide you with a thorough set of instructions to follow after plastic surgery, and you should follow them as closely as possible. They’re the experts, and their suggestions for postoperative treatment, which could range from physical restrictions to regular icing to pain medications, should be taken seriously.
Shield Your Skin
After an operation, your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. The sun can slow the healing process and accent the appearance of scars. At BHPSG, we offer Embrace Scar Therapy to shield your scar from excess UV rays while providing an optimal healing environment. To learn more about the success of Embrace Scar Therapy in the treatment of postoperative scar reduction, please contact our offices at (310) 275-6600.
People put a lot of thought into the decision to undergo surgery. But if you want your procedure to turn out as expected, you need to put thought into your recovery as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group.