After cosmetic surgery, it’s very important to follow postoperative care instructions which are given to you by your plastic surgeon and his or her team. When you do, you’ll boost the chances of a smooth and speedy recovery.
Since the post-op phase is important for so many reasons, no instructions should be neglected. In other words, even if you feel that you’re getting better, you should make a point of continuing with your post-op self-care regimen. Don’t stop until your plastic surgeon tells you too.
What you’ll need to do in terms of self-care after your procedure will vary. For example, if you’ve had a breast augmentation, which is one popular plastic surgery procedure, you may be instructed to avoid lifting heavy objects for up to six weeks as part of your postoperative care.
You may also be told to lie low for a couple of weeks after your surgery, as your breasts may be swollen and nipple placement may seem odd. These symptoms will go away in time as long as you rest and avoid physical activity.
Every plastic surgery procedure is different. However, all require incisions and a plastic surgeon may offer tips on caring for these incisions after procedures, with a mind to reducing scarring. Most people have mild scarring after plastic surgery. However, certain post-op recovery tips, such as applying soothing oils (vitamin E) to scars, may help to reduce their severity.
Again, do what the plastic surgeon says. Recovery is all about listening to your surgeon. Don’t take matters into your own hands. You’ve paid a lot for plastic surgery and good results are contingent on following postoperative care tips after your operation. Only a plastic surgeon who has performed your operation will know which self-care tips are best for you.
Post-op is a time of rest and healing. It’s not a time for pushing the envelope in terms of getting back on your feet. This is why you should be careful about scheduling your plastic surgery at a convenient time.
For example, if you have a few weeks’ vacation from work on the horizon, booking the surgery to coincide with the break will help to take the pressure off. You’ll be less tempted to get back out there, doing things, when you should really be resting. Yes, you may get restless but you’ll typically be able to resume normal activities within a couple of weeks.
If you have more questions about recovery from plastic surgery, book a consultation with a plastic surgeon today.