Whatever the procedure you go through, you should expect some physical and emotional issues while recovering. It is vital to keep in mind that the healing process takes time. Some tips that could help in a healthy recovery are as follows:
Apply ice to reduce the swelling after facial surgery. Even if your surgeon has applied bandages, you may also have to apply ice from time to time to further reduce swelling. Ask your surgeon how long you need to do this.
Be smart in planning your recovery time. Depending on the type of surgery, recovery time could take a few days to a few weeks. Consider this as it affects your family, work and social agenda after surgery.
Have realistic expectations. You have to accept that, before you get better, you will look worse. Almost all types of cosmetic surgeries cause swelling and bruising. The final results won’t show right away. It may take a few days or more, so there is no reason to panic. Let the healing process take place naturally. If you notice any problems, consult your surgeon.
Follow the guidelines given by your surgeon. No matter what it is, taking prescribed medications, hygiene instruction or resuming regular activities, your surgeon can give the best advice to achieve a safe and healthy recovery.
Find someone to help you in the first 2 to 3 days following surgery. Though you may think you can go back to your usual routine, finding someone to help you can give you peace of mind and allow the natural healing process with less interruption.
Hydrate yourself frequently. All kinds of surgery can reduce the fluid level of your body. Drinking water more often will replenish the body fluids that were lost. In addition, eat light food that can easily be swallowed or digested for the first few days.
If you have undergone head or neck surgery, it is best to use more pillows to keep them elevated. This tends to reduce swelling and speed up the recovery process without any compromise to the results.
Avoid getting exposed to direct sunlight. Protect your skin by using sun block that has sufficient UV protection.
Avoid drinking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications. They might work against the medications that your doctor prescribed. Consult your doctor about the over-the -counter, as well as prescription medicines to avoid during recovery.
Cosmetic Surgery Caregivers
Going through cosmetic surgery is a big decision, which entails a lot of planning with regard to the surgeon’s office and patient’s life. This decision should not be rushed and as per experience, patients who hurry with the procedure without planning and knowing the details have more problems than those who think and prepare well for the process
A younger patient who has the support of his/her spouse and many family members is more likely to recover fast and well. She has a lot of help when it comes to spousal support, post op care, transportation, food preparation and errands. The only thing left to do is heal.
Others may be older, not have a lot friends and no one to help them with chores during recovery. They may have a family member who is not supportive since they may not agree with his/her decision to undergo surgery and now have to take care of her. When the patient is recovering, she would not want to hear the words “we told you not to do this but you still proceeded with it”.