Healing Tips After Plastic Surgery
Once your plastic surgery is over, the primary focus should be healing as quickly and as effectively as possible. Here are some tips on what you can do to ensure the healing process goes smoothly:
Listen To Your Doctor
This is extremely important. The doctor who performed your surgery is experienced and has seen what works best and what doesn’t work. Be sure to listen closely to their directions and check in with them if you have questions or concerns.
One crucial part of any recovery is resting and giving your body a chance to heal itself. Focus on relaxing and taking it easy. Stick to activities that help you relax such as listening to music, reading, or catching up on your favorite series. Make sure you are not sedentary, get up and walk around but don’t over do it! All procedures require different recovery depending on what your doctor says.
Avoid Too Much Sun
Too much exposure to the sun can cause damage to skin and even discoloration at the incision site. Being in the sun for too long has also shown to cause inflammation, which can lead to bad scarring. Be sure to wear sunglasses, hats and other protection when you are out in the elements. You should avoid being in the sun for longer than 30 minutes at a time. No swimming or any other activities that might cause exposure.
No Strenuous Exercise
Your doctor may approve some very light exercise, such as short walks or stretching, but you should definitely avoid strenuous exercise for up to 6 weeks after your surgery. Exercises that increase your heart rate and blood pressure can force sealed blood vessels to open causing bleeding and bruising. Even lifting a child or playing with a pet should be avoided while you heal. If your job requires any sort of strenuous exercise, it could have a negative effect on your surgery.
Diet & Water
Another factor that plays a role in your recovery is your diet. Healing typically requires extra calories and lots of protein. It’s a good idea to eat foods high in protein that are rich in vitamins A and C. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have questions.
It is also essential that you drink plenty of water to help cleanse the body and keep it healthy.
Healing after surgery takes time and everyone will have a slightly different experience. Don’t get caught up in comparing your recovery and healing process with someone else. You will most likely see some swelling and even some bruising after the surgery. That’s part of the process. Have patience and know that it will take some time to fully heal from this procedure.
Most people are able to return to work within a reasonable amount of time after their surgery. However, it is important that you go over the requirements of your job with your doctor before returning to work.
If you have concerns or questions along the way, be sure to reach out to the staff at the offices of Dr. Richard J. Brown. We are happy to help you through the healing process and provide motivation and advice. Give us a call if you have questions at 480-568-3804.