Cosmetic Surgery Aftercare
Your cosmetic surgeon should provide you with all necessary details regarding your cosmetic surgery aftercare. Just because you are out of cosmetic surgery does not mean the process is over – it will be a few days, dependent on what surgery procedure you have had, before you can carry on as usual. Be sure that you are made aware of all the risks and possible side-effects before you undergo the cosmetic surgery. You surgeon should also provide details on how much swelling, bruising, scarring and pain you can expect and what you should be doing to look after yourself. It is very important to follow all instructions given to you by your surgeon!
Of course exact details will be dependent on which cosmetic surgery was performed as well as you as a patient. Some patients may have special needs or circumstances. But whether or not this is the case, the time after your surgery must be dedicated to rest and recuperation. You should be aware before the surgery how long this time may be. Remember, you will have to be away from home and work for a certain period.
After the cosmetic surgery procedure you may choose to go home, but it may be advisable to stay under hospital care. If you do wish to go straight home and your cosmetic surgeon agrees, it is still advisable to have someone there who can attend to your needs.
You will feel a certain degree of pain directly after your surgery, and your cosmetic surgeon will most likely prescribe painkillers, or even antibiotics to avoid infection. Your surgeon will most certainly warn you against things such as drinking and smoking after surgery. This is also applicable before surgery and may just be your chance to finally lose that bad habit. Also strenuous activity should be avoided – even things such as lifting heavy objects. Doing things like this may cause complications. And your cosmetic surgeon will pick this up in our follow up appointments, which are compulsory! Your surgeon will check your progress and healing rate. Also make sure to ask any questions you may have. The results of your surgery will not be immediately visible. Just as you will not feel completely normal after coming out the surgery, you will not look ‘normal’ either. Patience is needed, as your body will need to get used to the changes. Swelling must go down, bruising will ease up and any trauma caused by the surgery will resolve. If you are patient and consistent with your after-care, the results of your cosmetic surgery procedure will be visible before you know it and you can enjoy your new appearance. The whole process is worth the end result.
Rest and recuperation does not mean sleeping or staying in bed all day and night. You should try involving some activity in your day, but be sure that you do nothing strenuous and that you always have the assistance of an adult. When getting out of bed fainting is possible; it is crucial to have someone there. It is a balance of rest and reduced activity that will speed up your recovery.