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M. David Cole, M.D., F.A.A.D., discusses Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

6 Key Recovery Tips For Plastic Surgery

herbal-tea-herbs-tee-mint-159203-largeWhen you undergo any type of plastic surgery, it’s important that you do everything you can to make sure the surgery goes smoothly. Finding the right plastic surgeon is a large part of ensuring that you’ll have the best surgery possible, but it’s just as crucial that you follow the proper practices of recovery. The process of recovery varies from patient to patient, but there are a few rules that apply to almost everyone recovering from plastic surgery. Here are a few tips for having a healthy recovery after plastic surgery:

1) Plan your recovery time in advance.

Depending on the procedure, your recovery time could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Ask your doctor about the recovery time for your particular surgery. Take this recovery time into account when you think about work, family and social activities.

2) Get support from someone else.

There will be a certain period of time after your procedure during which you will need assistance at home. Most doctors recommend assistance for 24 to 72 hours after the procedure. This way, you’ll be able to rest while someone else prepares your food and keeps you comfortable. Many patients also feel depressed after the surgery, in part due to the pain. It will be helpful to have someone by your side during this time.

3) Stay hydrated and eat lightly.

Undergoing any kind of surgery can reduce the fluids in your body. Make sure to drink water frequently in order to replenish the fluids that your body has lost. You’ll also want to eat lightly for the first few days. Make sure you only eat food that is easy to swallow and digest.

4) If you get facial surgery, apply ice.

If you have just undergone any type of surgery to the face, such as nose surgery, a facelift or a blepharoplasty, you’ll need to ice your face. Even if the surgical area has been bandaged, you may need to ice it periodically. Ask your surgeon his or her advice on how long this should be done.

5) If you undergo surgery to the head or neck, keep the area elevated.

After a surgery to the head or neck, such as a brow lift or neck lift, you’ll want to keep the area elevated for several days. This will reduce the swelling and speed up the recovery process without having a negative effect on the results.

6) Set realistic expectations.

There is bound to be bruising and swelling right after the surgery. This means that you’re probably going to look worse before you look better. It will take a few days or longer for your to see your real results, so don’t panic in the beginning. Allow the natural healing process to take place. However, if you do suspect there is an issue, get in contact with your surgeon immediately.

When you get plastic surgery, picking the right surgeon in only half the battle. Make sure that you are engaging in the proper recovery techniques so that you can get better faster.