9 Things You Need at Home to Make Plastic Surgery Recovery Comfortable

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.

2) Entertainment

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. 

9) Water

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.

Best Practices After Your Plastic Surgery

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.

Don’t Smoke

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.

Get Help

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.