Recovery after Plastic Surgery
Because plastic and cosmetic surgery encompass such a wide range of procedures, the healing and recovery times will naturally vary from patient to patient depending on the procedure. In some cases a patient will undergo multiple procedures at a time, which will also have an effect on how long it will take to fully recover. Below are some tips to consider for the recovery of plastic surgery.
- Arrange transportation for the day of surgery and for your follow-up appointments. Anticipate that you will not be able to drive on the day of surgery or while you are taking pain medication.
- Expect swelling and bruising. Nearly all cosmetic surgery procedures involve swelling and bruising. As swelling and bruising fades, you will begin to see your results.
- If you had surgery on your face or neck, keep your head elevated for 2-3 days to minimize swelling and speed recovery. Keeping your head elevated will reduce your recovery time.
- Plan your recovery time. Depending upon the surgery, recovery time could range from a few days to a few weeks. Keep this in mind because it affects your work, family and social schedules after surgery.
- Consider arranging for care for the initial 48-72 hours after surgery. Although you may want to quickly resume your normal routine, having someone there to assist you will bring peace of mind and allow the healing process to begin with less disruption.
- You may be able to return to work between three days and two weeks following most cosmetic operations, depending on the procedure and your occupation.
- Consult with your doctor before taking any vitamins or herbal medications which you may believe are harmless. Some of these may interfere with your recovery.
- Do not exercise before you are cleared to do so by your doctor, even if you feel able. Exercise may worsen your swelling and compromise your final result.
- Use extreme caution when exposing yourself to the sun following surgery. Use sunblock with proper UV protection to protect your skin.
- Rehydrate your body often. Surgery of any kind can reduce fluids in your body. Drinking water frequently will help replenish these lost fluids. Also, eat lightly for the first few days and only food that is easy to swallow and digest.
- Be realistic in your expectations. Let's face it, you're going to look worse before getting better.
Recovery of plastic surgery is a process that should not be rushed, you will need adequate time to properly heal. Allowing your body the time it needs to fully recovery will lead to more rewarding results.
For more information about recovery from plastic surgery in Denver, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota.