How to Heal More Quickly From Your Plastic Surgery
By Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists, on January 2, 2015
When you have any type of plastic surgery procedure, there is a healing process that must take place. Sometimes, patients feel as though they are ready to take on their regular daily activities before they are fully healed, and they may feel frustrated that the healing process is taking longer than they expected.
While healing from plastic surgery is something that depends on each individual, there are some things you can do to help the process go more smoothly.
Start Off as Healthy as Possible
If you are planning to have cosmetic surgery done, it’s best to get into good shape before the procedure. This means working toward losing weight if you are currently overweight or obese, quitting smoking, exercising regularly and eating healthy foods, including enough protein and fiber. All of these preparations can help you bounce back more quickly from your surgery.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
Before you have your procedure done, we might recommend that you avoid certain foods and take certain medications or supplements. Following this advice in advance of your surgery will help ensure that your body is well-prepared for the task of healing from your procedure.
After the surgery, it’s even more important to follow instructions carefully. Use the ointments given, change dressings exactly as directed, and don’t go back to work or regular activities until sufficient time has passed.
Prevent Infection With Good Hygiene
Before you touch your incisions, make sure that your hands and nails are clean. Keep the surgical area protected as directed by your surgeon. Don’t pull, pick or scratch at any scabs that develop. Also, don’t touch the area unnecessarily.
Don’t Lay Around
While you’ll need to be mindful of any restrictions that your surgeon recommends, once enough time has passed, try to get up and moving. Getting your blood moving can aid in healing and get you on the right path toward healing. It will also help you stay at your current weight, which can improve the results of your surgery.
Keep in Touch
It’s important that you keep all of your follow-up appointments. While you might feel great, your plastic surgeon needs to be sure that you are healing well and not experiencing any infections or other potential problems.
Also, if you have any questions or concerns about the way you are healing from your plastic surgery, give us a call! We are always here to answer questions and put your mind at ease. If it turns out that there is a problem brewing, then it’s best for us to see you sooner rather than later, so don’t hesitate to call at any time.