One of the questions most often asked during a plastic surgery consultation will typically relate to the length of the recovery period. More than the time needed away from work, social activities and taking care of a family, men and women alike are concerned about the physical toll that surgery can take.
While it’s important that you don’t rush the process of healing from any type of surgery, there are some things that you can do in order to ensure that your healing process goes as smoothly as is possible. Whether you are considering liposuction, breast augmentation or a combination procedure, there are a few factors that may impact your recovery and how you feel during those first few days after your procedure.
Select a plastic surgeon who prioritises your safety, efficiently
Did you know that the more time you spend under anaesthesia, the longer it will take for you to feel back to yourself after the surgery? While today’s protocols for anaesthesia are safer than ever, it’s still best to keep patients under for a least amount of possible time in order to reduce the side effects that anaesthesia can bring with it. These could include muscle ache, nausea, disorientation and general foggy feelings.
When you spend time with your surgeon during a consultation be sure to ask what steps are taken in order to ensure the procedures are done in the most efficient manner. Some surgeries will take longer than others, that is to be expected. Breast augmentation, as an example, will take much less time than the brachioplasty or abdominoplasty surgeries. According to arm lift specialist Dr Reddy, patient wellness, safety and the best in results should be the focus of your surgeon.
Maintain good nutrition, stay hydrated
A healthy and hydrated body is a body that is better prepared to focus on the process of healing after a surgical procedure. Be sure that your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean proteins. Some postoperative patients find that meal prepping prior to surgery can help them to meet their nutrition needs while they are recovering.
Be sure that you stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will not only help to keep your body hydrated, but it will encourage you to get up and move every so often to tend to the calls of nature.
Don’t spend all day in bed or on the couch
You do want to listen to your body and rest when you feel fatigued. However, it’s important that you don’t spend your days doing nothing. Even a small walk around your living room when you get home from surgery will prove to be beneficial. Being overly sedentary can do just as much harm as doing too much physical activity can. Regular movement will keep you from feeling achy and stiff, but most importantly it will help to avoid the potential for life-threatening complications like blood clots.
Slow and short walks, combined with light stretching will help to encourage healthy blood circulation. Frequent and easy movements are the key during the early days of postoperative recovery.
Be honest about your medical history, including previous procedures
While it may be clear that you’ve had some types of surgery, some others may escape the notice of your surgeon during a typical consultation and examination. It may not feel like it’s relevant to mention an appendectomy to your surgeon but it can potentially alter the surgical plan if your surgeon discovers something unexpected while working on you. This could mean the potential for a more extensive surgery or extended time under anaesthesia.
The same holds true for other aspects of your complete medical history. Any undisclosed prescription drugs or over-the-counter supplements could potentially lead to concerns while you’re under anaesthesia or may also impact your recovery.
Having a complete medical background on you will help your surgeon and team to prepare the best in surgical plans to meet your needs.
Any potential side effects are much more likely to become a reality in the hours and days immediately after your surgery. Because of this risk, it’s very important that you follow each of the postoperative instructions provided to you by your surgeon. Your surgeon will supply you with a comprehensive set of postoperative instructions that will help to ensure that you have a healthy recovery with as few potential risks as possible.