One of the most common concerns among all my plastic surgery patients is that the recovery period will be difficult or painful. Unfortunately, it’s a tradeoff; the healing process is a necessary part of the cosmetic transformation many people desire. To be honest, though, many of my Long Island plastic surgery patients are pleasantly surprised that recovery turns out to be easier than they anticipated.
Although my team makes it clear that each patient’s experience will be unique, there are definitely some general tips people can follow to make things go as smoothly as possible:
- Follow your preoperative instructions. Some of these details have to do with minimizing the risks of the surgery itself, but the list includes several items that are meant to help make recovery more convenient. For instance, fill your prescriptions before surgery and put them on a bedside table. Stop smoking at least a month before the procedure. And make sure you have someone who can help out around the house during the early part of your recovery. Take care of all these things before surgery, and you’ll rest much better after surgery.
- Use Bruiseguard MD or Arnica montana to help prevent or treat excessive bruising. Many of my patients have had excellent results using these products. It’s common for patients to feel healthy and well enough to return to work and other activities soon after surgery but to avoid doing so because they still have residual bruising. These simple products can negate some of those cosmetic concerns.
- Be diligent about following post-op instructions. This is particularly critical regarding your activity level. Gently walking around the house is important to help prevent blood clots and other complications following surgery. Some patients, however, try to do too much too soon, which often results in a setback during the recovery. Follow your personal timeline carefully. Other post-op instructions that are of top importance include following your prescription regimen meticulously, changing bandages as instructed, and returning for follow-up appointments. My experience has been that the patients who follow these instructions the best recover the fastest.
Have you heard other good tips that help patients recover quickly? Leave them in a comment below.