5 Things to Do at Home for Faster Plastic Surgery Recovery
Once your plastic surgeon has finished your procedure and has released you to go home, there is still one very important step that needs to be completed: Recovery. A quick and full recovery is something that both doctors and patients want to see.
The surgeon who performed your operation will definitely give you instructions on what you need to do to see the best possible recovery. There are also some things you can do at home that will help you recover faster.
- Plan Ahead
The first thing you can do at home to make sure you see a speedy recovery from your plastic surgery should actually take place before you go in for your surgery. Planning ahead includes eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and quitting all bad habits and addictions such as smoking and caffeine. You will find that by preparing in advance of your surgery, your recovery will go so much smoother and faster.
- Know Your Limits and Plan Accordingly
Do not fool yourself by thinking you will be able to immediately jump right back into your normal routine when you first get home from having your surgery. Know and understand that there will be limitations that will prevent you from doing even some of the most mundane and simple tasks. Make a list of the daily tasks that you would normally do and then make a very honest determination as to which of those tasks you’ll be able to handle. Overexerting yourself will only delay your recovery.
- Rely on Others
It’s easy to allow yourself to believe that, because your plastic surgery was an elective surgery, you shouldn’t be entitled to the same care and support from others that you would want if it were a non-elective surgery. It’s best to get past this line of thinking right away. The truth is, you will definitely need the help and support of loved ones and friends to help you get through this. From taking your kids to and from school to having help getting to and from the bathroom for the first couple of days, make sure you are okay to rely on others.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
One common mistake people make after plastic surgery is to not follow their doctor’s suggestions as closely as they should. You might have a good day or 2 and feel that the worst is behind you and that some of the stricter orders not longer apply. It is extremely important that you continue to adhere to your doctor’s instructions throughout the recovery time. This includes diet suggestions, icing, and any medications. Your ability to stick to the doctor’s advice can definitely speed up the recovery time.
- Stay Hydrated
Keeping plenty of water in our bodies is an important step in any healing situation. It is definitely true when recovering from plastic surgery. Be sure you have water on hand at all times to keep yourself hydrated. Water helps keep things in balance and ensures your surgery heals quickly and effectively.
During the recovery period, know that Dr. Richard J. Brown and his staff are available for support and questions. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you experience any troubles. We can be reached at 480-568-3804 and are happy to discuss other recovery tips and ideas with you.