Plastic Surgery Recovery: Everything You Need to Know
If you are considering or have already undergone cosmetic treatments, you know many factors go into deciding which surgery is suitable for you. One of those factors is recovery time. Depending on the treatment or procedure, recovery can take hours, days, weeks, or even months. Of course, this timeline naturally varies from person to person as well. Some people heal more quickly than others! For more intensive procedures, many patients are curious if there is a way to speed up the recovery process or lessen their downtime. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about healing!
Can you shorten plastic surgery recovery time?
Don’t fight downtime! Patient compliance during recovery ensures you have the most healthy and aesthetic results. While feeling impatient after undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery is normal, you should remember that your results may not be fully visible for weeks or even months. Waiting for swelling to go down or scars to fade will take time—no matter what procedure you undergo. During this period, the most important thing you can do to ensure a speedy, streamlined recovery is listen to your surgeons’ instructions.
Taking care of yourself is a must. Our team will provide guidelines and instructions on how to care for swelling, drains, incisions, and how to wear compression garments or dose out medications properly. Don’t take matters into your own hands! Talk to Dr. Houser or Dr. Kraft if you plan to use supplements, creams, or devices we have not recommended. Even if they are intended to expedite healing, they could do the opposite. By listening to our team, you will dramatically decrease the risk of complications that lead to further downtime.
Tips to ensure a smooth recovery
On top of patient compliance, there are other tips and tricks you can utilize for a smooth recovery. Keep in mind that nothing is going to help you heal more effectively than taking care of your body and not overexerting yourself.
- Daily movement: Depending on your surgery, getting up and moving can work wonders for your recovery—even if it’s just a walk around the kitchen. Getting your blood moving can help reduce swelling and make you feel more energized. Of course, follow our timeline and only integrate movement when recommended!
- Maintain a healthy diet: Providing your body with the necessary vitamins and nutrients is especially important when recovering from any surgery or procedure. Drinking plenty of water and fluids is equally crucial, as dehydration can slow the healing process.
- Avoid substances: Using substances such as alcohol or tobacco can harm the healing process, leading to inflammation, slower healing, and possible complications. Quitting smoking or vaping is necessary for undergoing plastic surgery, and you should continue to abstain during recovery.
- Prepare for recovery in advance: Set up your home to be recovery friendly before your procedure. This can include purchasing premade food and beverages or taking precautions to avoid using stairs. Ask friends or family for help with chores and other responsibilities.
Taking time to truly rest is the best medicine for a healthy and streamlined recovery! With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to a result you love. If you want to learn more about recovery or cosmetic and plastic surgery in general, don’t hesitate to call us at 614.890.5565.