RECOVERING FROM FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY – NOT AS HARD AS IT SEEMS
As a patient, it is very important for you to understand that a plastic surgery is also a surgery. Like any other surgical procedure, it will also take a strain on your body. While the doctor is responsible for the surgery, you are responsible for your recovery. Don’t worry. This does not mean that recovering from facial plastic surgery is tough. Recuperation can be a breeze if you follow the standard cardinal tips that you are about to read.
Healing is about time
Since you will be away from your work and normal activities you tend to cut short or trim your convalescence period to get back to them early. Trying to get back into the swing of things before you are actually ready is the primary reason for your recuperation to take longer than expected. According to the Dr. Davis Nguyen, it is important to understand that the time for healing varies from person to person and it depends on the type of surgery you have had and on your daily routines. If you are at a job that is physically strenuous, you may need more time. Similarly, if you are concerned that no one knows that you had anything done on your face, you may need more recuperation time. Scheduling more recovery time than what is recommended will help you to have a stress-free experience. For noninvasive surgery options it might make sense to look into procedures like Ultherapy that doesn’t require any recovery time.
Diet is key
If you think that you should go on a super low-calorie diet to maintain the ideal body weight for the surgery, you are sadly wrong. Nutrients, iron, proteins and fats help in your recovery. Eating a balanced diet will accelerate your recuperation and going on fad diets are counter-productive.
Plan your support team
Digesting the fact that this is one thing that you cannot do alone will help you. Pick your support team wisely as you will be spending most of your post-operative time with them. The degree of support you need depends on your family condition. If you have young children, old parents or pets at home you may need double the support. Ensure that your caregiver is actually someone who supports your decision to undergo a facial plastic surgery. You will not want him or her to have the “I told you so” look especially when things go wrong. You support team is the one who makes sure that you recuperate without any stress.
Follow all these post-operative instructions
– Drink plenty of non-carbonated, non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated fluids.
– Start with the prescribed ice packs.
– Start eating something light until you ease back into your normal eating habits.
– Avoid salt to prevent swelling.
– Don’t smoke. Smoking will weaken your abilities to heal.
Surprised that recovery is not only about what you do after the surgery? It is true as evident from these tips. If you get them right, you will be able to relax during the healing period and have a stress free time on your road to recovery.