Cosmetic surgery is an exciting milestone for our clients because it marks a drastic improvement in their appearance and overall self-esteem. Naturally, patients want to speed up the recovery process as much as possible so they can get back to their everyday lives in their new and improved bodies!
The surgeons and medical staff at Seduction Cosmetic Center see hundreds of patients every year and help them care for their bodies post-procedure. And while every patient and procedure is different, there are some common practices that can help ease your recovery. These are some of our team’s best tips for a safe and speedy recovery after cosmetic surgery.
Take Your Pain Medication
A lot of people feel like they have to “tough it out” after surgery. But while it’s normal to experience some pain, bruising, and swelling at the site of your surgery, you absolutely do not have to suffer through it. In fact, it can be counterproductive to stop taking your prescribed pain medication too soon. Take your medication as prescribed to ensure that you don’t lengthen your recovery time.
You should also avoid taking holistic or over-the-counter medication because certain combinations can interact badly with your prescribed medication and/or thin your blood, making it more difficult for your blood to clot and your skin to heal.
Don’t Stay Sedentary After 48 Hours Advises Seduction Cosmetic Center
During the first 48 hours after your procedure, you should absolutely get as much rest as possible. Straining yourself too much too soon can result in unnecessary pain, swelling, and bleeding. However, taking it easy doesn’t mean being sedentary says the Seduction Cosmetic Center team. Moving helps your body heal by reducing inflammation and easing soreness.
Every few hours, if you’re feeling up to it, stand and slowly walk around the room. Do some gentle stretching, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Of course, this advice is completely dependent on what type of procedure you had and your condition post-surgery. You don’t want to indulge in any movement that could tear your stitches or damage the work you had done! Always talk to your surgeon about what’s appropriate.
DO Skip the Gym Though
We know we just said that moving is good post-procedure, but you should not engage in strenuous activity for at least a few weeks after your surgery. Running, weightlifting, and other strenuous activities could cause serious damage to your surgical site and ruin all the hard work you and your surgical team have put in up to this point.
Working out increases your blood pressure which increases your chances of heavy bleeding, inflammation, and bruising–you could even open up your incision warns the Seduction Cosmetic Center. Always talk to your surgeon about when it’s safe to go back to your normal workout routine.
Quit Smoking Ahead of Time
If you’re a smoker, you should quit at least 8 weeks before your procedure. This goes for vape users as well because it’s the nicotine that’s the biggest problem. Nicotine causes your blood vessels to constrict, limiting the amount of blood that can flow to your organs, including your skin. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen that enters your bloodstream.
You need as much blood flow and oxygen as possible to reduce inflammation and swelling and promote healing. Smoking significantly delays your healing process. And if you’ve had a facial procedure done, the act of smoking itself can pull your stitches or cause additional pain and swelling.
Use Ice Packs and Compression Garments as Directed
Many facial surgeries, including rhinoplasty, facelifts, and eyelid augmentation will require that you apply ice frequently to reduce swelling. Even if you are heavily bandaged, use your ice packs as directed to accelerate your recovery and ensure that the swelling doesn’t adversely affect your procedure.
If you had a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or butt lift, you may be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks. They’re not sexy, but they are extremely important for a proper recovery says the Seduction Cosmetic Center. They help control swelling and bruising and they prevent permanent wrinkling and pulling in your skin while promoting skin retraction. Basically, compression garments hold your body in its new shape while it heals.
For flatter, less visible scarring, follow your surgeon’s compression garment instructions to the letter!
Talk To Your Surgeon Openly
Every patient’s body is different, which means your recovery will be different as well. Talk to your surgical team openly about your concerns and don’t be afraid to ask any questions, advises the Seduction Cosmetic Center. We promise we’ve heard it all before!
Follow your post-operative recovery plan as closely as possible and always contact your surgical team if you have any concerns or questions while you recover.