Tips for Rapid Healing Following Plastic Surgery

Congratulations on scheduling a cosmetic procedure so you can finally earn the body of your dreams. Whether you are pursuing extensive surgery or opting for a smaller procedure, knowing you have a recovery period ahead can seem disheartening – you want it over as soon as possible. You begin to ask, “How can I have a speedy recovery from my plastic surgery procedure?”

To get the body of your dreams, the recovery process is a crucial component. Not allowing your body to heal properly will not only cause health issues like blood clots, but your desired results will not show. If your plastic surgeon gives you specific instructions or self-care methods to do on your own, follow them closely to ensure a smooth and rapid recovery. Read on to learn the necessary tips for a fast recovery from plastic surgery.

Follow Your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon’s Orders

While this step seems obvious, a shocking number of patients choose not to ignore the necessary post-operation instructions from their doctors. Having performed countless cosmetic procedures, your plastic surgeon knows what’s best for you, no matter if you got a facelift or a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Many people feel inclined to Google how they should recover after plastic surgery, even though it can go against orders from your plastic surgeon. Follow the list of guidelines, whether it’s taking medication, wearing compression garments, or avoiding strenuous activity, to ensure a proper recovery.

Avoid Lounging Around Too Much

Let’s face it, you’re going to want to lay down and relax in bed as much as possible… and so does your board-certified plastic surgeon. While avoiding intense exercises is crucial to proper recovery, laying down for too long can prolong your recovery period. Short walks around the house or the neighborhood not only allow you outside, but it prevents any complications during your recovery period.

By walking around your house or walking outside (if you feel up to it), you’re promoting healthy circulation and preventing blood clots from forming. Also, the prescribed pain medication can cause constipation, so leisurely walks help with preventing damage from stomach pressure.

Ask Someone for Help

Recovering from plastic surgery is challenging, so make sure to ask for help from a spouse/significant other, friend or family member before your procedure. There’s nothing shameful about needing some extra help around the house! A few days after your procedure, consider asking a close friend or family member to help with housework, childcare and pet care if needed, as well as someone to drive you to and from follow-up appointments. Don’t be afraid to ask for help during your recovery time, it’s normal.

Eat a Healthy & Balanced Diet

Before going in for your scheduled procedure, you’ll need to follow a healthy diet to prepare your body for drastic changes. That means no more fast food, sugary drinks, refined carbohydrates, and salt in your daily diet. But that healthy lifestyle does not end once the surgery is a success. Your appetite may change after getting extensive surgery such as a tummy tuck and Brazilian Butt Lift, which is completely normal.

Still, recovery is a crucial time to consume foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals such as fresh fruits, leafy green vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Do your best to avoid high-sugar foods or ordering takeout because those will increase inflammation and slow down your recovery.

Remember to Hydrate

Staying hydrated is crucial after plastic surgery and the most effective way to speed up recovery. Water helps flush out any toxins and aids in healthy blood circulation. Your plastic surgeon will suggest you drink at least eight glasses of water to aid the recovery process. If you find yourself dehydrated, some issues can arise. For example, dehydration can lead you to feel dizzy, tired, and weak, preventing you from taking care of yourself.

Additionally, dehydration causes swelling, bruising, inability to flush toxins out, and causes infections. Think about keeping a large water bottle nearby to ensure proper hydration!

Cut Out Tobacco & Alcohol

Again, a successful post-operative recovery period relies on lifestyle modifications. Do not even think about picking up a cigarette or indulging in your favorite alcohol, unless you want a long, harsh recovery. Tobacco and alcohol hinder your body’s ability to properly heal, promote bruising near the wounded areas, decrease your airflow, suppress your immune system, and damage your lungs.

Plus, you will have a greater chance of developing swelling and painful bruising, making your recovery period unbearable. To make sure you heal as quickly and smoothly as possible, ditch the pack of cigarettes; instead, enjoy a refreshing glass of water and focus on caring for your body during this vulnerable period.

Attend Follow-Up Appointments

Follow-up appointments are as vital to recovery as following your doctor’s orders. During this meeting, your plastic surgeon will analyze the wounded areas and assess how they’re healing. Plus, your surgeon can answer any concerns you may have as well as give extra insight into making sure you see the desired results.

Let Dr. Sanjay Lalla Restore Your Body Confidence!

Cosmetic plastic surgery can help make anyone feel good in their own skin! Whether your procedure is small and minimally invasive or you’re looking into a full body makeover, you’re able to flaunt your confidence in your new body.

Are you ready to schedule a surgical procedure and get the body of your dreams? Dial (973) 324-9455 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanjay Lalla in his West Orange office. Dr. Lalla and his friendly team are ready to help you bring your self-confidence back with a plastic surgery procedure tailored to your needs!