Choosing cosmetic surgery is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Whether you are undergoing a facelift, breast augmentation or tummy tuck, the desire for a smooth and quick recovery stays the same. While the most influential factor in your results and healing is the plastic surgeon you choose, there are many other things you can do at home to facilitate a happy recovery after cosmetic surgery.
Keep in mind that plastic surgery involves changing or altering your skin, a delicate set of tissues and vital organ in your body. This often requires trauma to the skin, so it is critical that you do everything you can to foster optimal healing. In fact, not only can this affect your comfort and length of recovery, but it can also impact your final results.
To optimize your recovery after plastic surgery, consider the following tips:
#1 Ask Your Doctor, Not the Internet
After your procedure, you will go home with a specific list of post-operative instructions. However, it is not uncommon for questions and concerns to arise during your recovery. While it may seem easier and more convenient to ask Google about your post-surgery care, the Internet should never replace the trustworthy and personalized care you get from your physician. Call your plastic surgeon with all questions, big or small.
#2 Get Permission Before Taking Herbs, Supplements or OTC Medications
While you may be careful not to add any new prescriptions immediately after your plastic surgery, you should also be cautious about taking over-the-counter supplements. Even certain herbs can impede your body’s ability to heal or increase your risk for bleeding after surgery. Run it by your plastic surgeon first.
#3 Don’t Smoke or Vape
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do after any type of plastic surgery is avoiding nicotine. Nicotine slows healing and can drastically raise your risk for complications. Your health and your results can be compromised if you vape or smoke too soon after your cosmetic procedure!
#4 Use Sun Protection
Your skin is especially fragile after cosmetic surgery. Therefore, it is important that you shield your skin from the sun as much as possible. This includes wearing strong SPF when you are outdoors. Too much sun exposure can cause your scars to be more visible!
#5 Hydrate, Nourish and Rest
Your main job after plastic surgery is to support your body’s healing response. This means fueling your body with nutrient-rich foods as well as drinking six to eight glasses of water a day to rejuvenate your skin and flush toxins out. Rest is also essential, as the cells of your body can replenish during sleep.
#6 Attend Your Follow-Up Appointment
Last but not least, don’t skip your follow-up appointment after your cosmetic surgery. While you may be happy with your results and feel back to normal, your plastic surgeon needs to give you the final clearance!
Have more questions about what to expect after plastic surgery? At Hillcrest Plastic Surgery, we understand your concerns about healing, recovery and downtime. We are here to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible!