With the right attitude, support from friends and family, and adherence to medical guidance, recovery from cosmetic surgery can be a smooth process. The recovery phase is a critical period that allows the body to renew, mend, and ultimately reveal the intended outcomes. Here are some tips from Dr. Stephen Stampp at Milk and Honey Body Cosmetic Surgery in Las Cruces to help with successful recovery from cosmetic surgery.
Overcoming the Effects of Anesthesia
Most people don’t notice much effect from anesthesia after about 24 hours, but it can take up to a week before the medications are completely out of your system. For that reason, surgeons advise patients not to drive for 24 hours after a surgical procedure. Since vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports immune function and can speed up the healing process, add a vitamin C supplement several days before and after your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Rest-up after Cosmetic Surgery
After cosmetic surgery, the body requires time to heal and adjust. The recovery time depends on the type of procedure that was performed — the cosmetic surgeon will provide recovery information specific to the procedure. In general, patients can expect to be tired and sore and should have realistic expectations about the healing process. The best tip about rest is to let your body be your guide. It’s a great time to be a little self-indulgent. Take naps as needed and let friends and family help with household tasks. Avoid strenuous activities but some walking — around the house or even short walks outside — can improve circulation and speed recovery.
Eat a Healthy Diet and Stay Hydrated
Maintaining a balanced diet while staying hydrated can help you feel better during the recovery process and can speed healing. When recovering from surgery, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink water throughout the day.
Water plays a key role in sustaining organs and cells, regulating body temperature, circulating blood and nutrients, and supporting various bodily functions. Because water thins the blood and helps move nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, drinking ample water following surgery is particularly important.
Things to Avoid after Surgery
It’s important to cut back on salt for a week or two before and after surgery because it can increase postoperative swelling. Alcohol can also increase swelling and it interacts with pain medications and antibiotics. Most physicians recommend that patients avoid alcohol for at least two weeks after any cosmetic surgery procedure. As with all recommendations, your cosmetic surgeon can advise on how long to avoid these substances.
Because sugar can disrupt the body’s equilibrium and weaken the immune system, avoid foods with high sugar content for a couple of weeks. Also, stay away from sports drinks containing sodium, as the sodium content can cause the body to retain water, potentially resulting in swelling.
Smokers might see this as a great opportunity to give up smoking or vaping as any tobacco consumption can impede the healing process.
Recovery times for common cosmetic surgeries
Most people want to know how long it will be before they can return to work and get back to their regular exercise routines and daily activities. While it depends on the procedure and your doctor’s recommendations, here are some general guidelines.
For a Brazilian butt lift, most patients can expect to return to non-strenuous activities within one to two weeks. It may take up to 6 – 8 weeks to resume normal activities, including exercise. Full recovery and final results may take several months as the tissues heal and settle. During the first few days, Dr Stampp will likely recommend that you not sleep on your back and that you use a specially designed seat cushion for sitting.
Dr. Stephen Stampp at Milk and Honey Body Cosmetic Surgery, feels that most patients can return to work in one-to-two weeks after a breast augmentation. However, exercise should be avoided for two-to-four weeks if the implant was placed above the muscle, and for four-to-six weeks if the implant was placed under the muscle.
When recovering from liposculpture, if patients wear compression garments and avoid lifting, most can return to work, depending on the type of job, after two weeks. After three-to-four weeks, the pain should mostly be gone, and patients can resume light exercise. By the end of six weeks, daily activities should be back to normal.
In summary, the best advice for recovering from cosmetic surgery is to be kind to your body and give it time to heal. Don’t be in a rush to get back to strenuous activities and be realistic about the healing process. The end result will be a beautiful new look and an improved self-image.
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