Aesthetic surgeries are surgical procedures that are searched for and undertaken to enhance the beauty and shape of a person. Although cosmetic surgery is often not as invasive as heart, liver or some general surgery procedures, many of the aesthetic surgeries involve some cutting of the skin and tissue and all of them require some kind of anaesthesia, whether it be local, local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia. There will be blood tests required, mammograms for breast surgery patients and always a consultation with the anaesthesiologist to make sure the heart and blood pressure are in order for surgery.
Following the post op instructions given to you by your surgeon, you can recover from an aesthetic procedure comfortably and in good time
. In this blog, we share with you tips that can help in your post operative recovery.
Follow the Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions
In this age of information, we can find advice at the click of a button; however, not all advice can be trusted. Hence, you must stick to the guidelines prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Dr. Luiz Toledo, an experienced Plastic Surgeon with over 30 years in the field will give you the post op instructions that are right for you and your procedure. Follow ups will be scheduled at his clinic which you must attend as close attention is paid to your healing progress for the first month.
Always be open with the doctor, hiding things can be dangerous.
Everybody is different and so the healing process varies from person to person. The inevitable swelling, and bruising after surgery takes time to heal. 80% of the swelling should subside during the first months with the total healing being at the 6 month mark. rhinoplasty‘ final result after 1 year. Soft tissues take some time to settle. Before the beauty of the final result seems apparent inflammation has to subside. Have a conversation with Dr. Luiz Toledo and share your concerns. Give time for the scars to heal.
Do Not Stress Yourself
Stress can be harmful to the newly conducted procedure. If you take on stress the body will have to work extra hard in healing wounds and relieving stress at the same time. Relaxing, reading, listening to music and mild poses of Yoga can be beneficial for the body and for you.
Avoid the Sun and the Elements
Sun can cause skin discoloration and damage to the surgical wound, you are advised to avoid the sun for at least the first month. Long exposure to the sun can cause inflammation and scaring. You can go out but wear hats, gloves and sunglasses and avoid direct sunlight and use sun protection.
Avoid swimming and other outdoor activity will risk the scaring process. follow the doctor’s advice
Avoid Strenuous Exercise
For 4-6 weeks after the surgery, avoid strenuous exercise and the gym. Walking is encouraged a day or two after surgery the body active again. The Plastic Surgeon will advise you when you can return to the gym and your regular exercise regime. Intense physical activity can increase the heart rate and blood pressure, which can cause the newly sealed blood vessels to bleed and bruise.
If you have undergone a tummy tuck or a mummy makeover, avoid lifting children and heavy objects. Even lifting a baby can cause harm to the surgery. In most cases, the patients resume normal work within three to four weeks after the surgery.