Your surgeon plays an essential role in the success of your plastic surgery procedure, but so do you. Taking proper care of your body after surgery can improve the results from your procedure. Do too much, too soon and you can cause permanent damage to your healing body.
How do you take care of your body after procedure? We’ll give you detailed plastic surgery recovery instructions as we prepare for surgery. We’re also here to answer any questions that may arise. This guide highlights some important best practices that you can use to ensure good healing and a stunning aesthetic result. We’ll do our part by providing top-notch surgical technique and superior patient care; you do your part by following the recovery instructions.
Use Those Vacation Days
You’re great at your job and you love what you do, but everyone will have to get by without you, at least for a few days. After plastic surgery, your body needs to heal, not work. Depending on the procedure you receive, you may be back to work in just a day or two. Other treatments require more downtime, as much as 1-2 weeks.
We’ll talk about time off from work during your consultation, so you can plan ahead and arrange the needed coverage so you can get some rest.
No time for time off? If you really can’t miss work, but still want to rejuvenate, come see us. One of our non-surgical, no downtime treatments, like BOTOX®, may be the right fit for you.
Everyone knows that smoking is terrible for your health and body. What you may not realize is how much smoking affects the healing process. Smoking shrinks the size of your blood vessels. During plastic surgery some blood vessels are cut, forcing the ones that remain attached to work double duty. With healthy blood vessels, your body will rise to challenge.
If your blood vessels are smaller from smoking, they may be unable to supply the necessary blood to treated areas after plastic surgery. This slows healing and can lead to tissue death. Smoking also increases the risk of blood clots after surgery. We typically recommend that patients stop smoking a few weeks before and a few weeks after surgery.
Nicotine products are a no-no after plastic surgery, too. Avoid vaping, chewing tobacco, and nicotine patches and gums.
Use Pain Medications
If we prescribe pain medications, we want you to use them if you need them. Controlling pain properly can speed healing, allowing you to get out of bed and resume mild-activity sooner. We’ll discuss your options for pain relief including:
- No Pain Relief- Some of our treatments, especially our non-surgical treatments, require no pain relief or anesthetic. If you’ve received a surgical treatment and are feeling uncomfortable, you should use a pain relief option. Don’t try to tough things out as this can slow healing.
- Over-the-Counter Pain Relief- Over-the-counter products like ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen can control mild to moderate discomfort after plastic surgery. Over-the-counter treatments can also be used to bridge the gap after you no longer need prescription pain medication, but still feel mild discomfort.
- Prescription Pain Relief- Prescription pain medications can provide powerful pain relief after plastic surgery. Most prescription pain products contain an opioid and can be addictive. We understand your concerns about opioid pain medications and use careful practices to reduce the risk of dependency. Always use prescription pain relief exactly as prescribed.
- Exparel- Exparel is a slow-release analgesic that is injected into your incision after surgery. It can minimize pain and increase comfort for up to 3 days after surgery. Exparel is not an opiod pain reliever and brings new pain control options to patients that want or need to avoid opioid pain medications.
Proper pain management can help you feel better and heal faster after plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery isn’t something you can do alone. You’re going to need some help during the recovery process. Arrange for help before your procedure, so you’re not scrambling to fill needs after surgery.
- Transportation- If your procedure uses anesthesia or sedation, you won’t be able to drive after. You’ll need someone to pick you up from our accredited surgery center and take you home.
- Care and Monitoring- After a surgical procedure we recommend that you have someone around for the first few days. They can help with medications, keep your company, and alert us should any unexpected complications occur.
- Help with Children and Daily Tasks- Many of our mommy makeover patients need to arrange care for small children. You may need to arrange for transportation to and from school and childcare. If you have children that need care, you may need some help for a few days.
Come See Us
Our relationship doesn’t end after the surgery. We plan to meet with you several times during recovery to assess your healing. After some procedures we may recommend a yearly check-in. Make your follow-up appointments a priority. If you have questions, please get in touch. We are here for you.
Taking care of yourself after plastic surgery can improve your results and your recovery experience. To get started on a journey to your best body, call our offices and schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons in Fredericksburg, VA: Dr. Heppe, Dr. Bautista, or Dr. Aflaki.