When deciding to have plastic surgery, you will undoubtedly be looking forward to the results. There are a few things that you can do to ensure the best possible outcome. Your contribution begins several weeks before the surgery and last several months beyond the actual procedure date. We have compiled some recommendations for you to get the best benefit from your plastic surgery.
1. Keep Your Body Well Nourished
It’s no secret that you should eat right and exercise but, did you know that your body requires essential nutrients and a well-balanced diet to heal? If you are unsure about whether or not your usual diet meets this criteria, ask your doctor to provi
de you with some basic guidelines to use in the weeks leading up to your surgery. Keep in mind that good nutrition will benefit you far beyond your recovery period; it is one of the most effective ways to preserve your youth and help you achieve optimal wellness.
2. Take A Break from Strenuous Activities
If you are accustomed to a vigorous workout schedule, you may want to taper off your activities in the weeks before your surgery. As your body heals, it is very important that you do not partake in strenuous activities. Your doctor will inform you of how long this restriction will apply, as it varies between patients and from one procedure to another. If you feel frustrated, try to remember that this limitation is only for a specified period of time. Once your body has healed, you will be able to return to your favorite activities.
3. Know What to Expect
Your procedure is intended to enhance your beauty; however the way you feel in the days following surgery may not feel like beauty enhancement. As with any surgery, you will likely experience some discomfort and you will have specific instructions that promote complete recovery and optimal outcome. Be careful to avoid exposure to cigarette smoke and direct sunlight. Your doctor will talk to you about what to expect and will provide detailed instructions for your recovery at home.
4. Don't Take Any Chances
Did you know that aspirin can increase bleeding and bruising? It is very important that you are completely transparent with your doctor about anything that affects your body chemistry. Many over the counter medications, prescription medications, nutritional supplements, and other substances can affect your body’s ability to heal. Your doctor will advise you of the medications that are safe for you and how to best promote a quick and complete recovery. If you have any questions, it is always best to ask your doctor.
5. Arrange For Assistance
In the days immediately following your surgery, it will be easier for you to focus on your recovery if you can arrange for a close friend or relative to stay with you. When you are feeling out of sorts, it may be hard to prepare meals, take medications on schedule, and take care of normal daily tasks. It is also helpful to have someone to talk to as you recover.
6. Rely on Your Support Network
Many plastic surgery patients experience powerful emotions before and after surgery. It is not uncommon for feelings of depression and guilt to become pronounced during the recovery period. In addition, some patients may be concerned with the healing process or reactions to their enhanced appearance. Having someone to talk to about these feelings can help relieve stress.
7. Follow-Up With Your Doctor
It is important that you attend every follow-up appointment requested by your doctor to achieve complete recovery. Even after you have returned to your daily routines, your body will continue to heal.
It is our goal, at Smith Plastic Surgery, to enhance the beauty of our patients through state-of-the-art surgical techniques with patient safety as the top priority. To find out more about how Smith Plastic Surgery can help you, contact us here: