Did you know that plastic surgery recovery can be a pleasant experience? Many of our patients expect extensive downtime and significant discomfort and are delighted when they realize how easy recovery can be.
By organizing your affairs and house before heading into surgery, you can prepare yourself for a straight-forward, relaxing, and enjoyable period of downtime.
The type of surgery you receive will impact the length of time you spend resting and recovering, but if you’re prepared you can enjoy those few days or a couple of weeks.
What do you need for a great recovery after plastic surgery? We recommend the following nine items.
1) A Helping Hand
Plain and simple, you’re going to need help as you recover from plastic surgery.
While you don’t need someone waiting on you hand and foot, you may need assistance with little daily tasks like driving home from surgery, walking the dog, or running out to the store.
Patients with small children will definitely need help with childcare as patients are unable to lift for several weeks after most surgical procedures.
Get ready to binge! If you’ve been wanting to watch some serious Netflix, after surgery you’ll probably have time. Prefer to read? Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to dive into for months.
Downtime after surgery will mean plenty of sitting on the couch or lying in bed – the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself and indulge in some TV and literature.
3) Comfortable Clothes
As you recover from surgery, your comfort is paramount. Comfy clothing is a must.
You should avoid stretching as much as possible, as it can pull apart incisions and sutures and slow the healing process. Loose clothing allows you to slip into and out of your attire without too much movement. We recommend button-up tops after breast surgeries.
4) Sanitizing Products
After surgery, your body will have incisions that need to heal. By keeping on top of sanitizing your hands and incisions, you can minimize any potential risk of infection.
Using antibacterial soaps and hand gels will keep your hands and environment germ-free.
5) First Aid Kit
Our team of elite surgeons at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg will teach you how to care for your incisions as you heal.
You may find it helpful to have gauze, antibiotic ointment, and bandaging available.
6) Filled Prescriptions
No one wants to go to the pharmacy after surgery.
If you can, go to the pharmacy and get any prescriptions you’ll need before your surgery. By doing so, you can return directly home after your procedure and not worry about having to make any unnecessary stops along the way.
7) Supplements and Vitamins
Anytime when our bodies are a little bit down is a great time to give them a helping hand. Particularly as you recover from plastic surgery, you might want to be extra kind to your immune system and organs with over-the-counter multivitamins and other supplements.
This can give your body that extra little edge it needs to heal that extra bit faster. Always talk with your surgeon about any medications or supplements you’re using.
8) Ready-Made Meals
You don’t want to be worrying too much about planning, shopping, and preparing your meals during your recovery. You want to eat.
Some easily stored meals like pasta bakes, rice pilafs, and stir-fries are great ideas to make before your surgery. Having these ready in the refrigerator or freezer for when your hungry will make your recovery that much easier and your tummy that much happier.
So many people overlook the role of hydration in recovering from surgery. You need to stay hydrated so you can flush medications and anesthesia out of your system effectively.
Water also improves your mood; it boosts your energy and helps with your digestion. Having drinking water ready and available – and ensuring to consume plenty of it – will make a big difference during your recovery.
By organizing this help, food, and supplies, you can make your recovery from plastic surgery a time where you can get back to yourself and enjoy some proper rest and relaxation.
If you have any other questions about plastic surgery recovery, or would like to book a consultation with the team at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, call 540-371-7730 or fill in our online form.