Here Are Three Things You Must Have After Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery RecoveryYou’ve been thinking of having that plastic surgery procedure for years. You’ve finally had your consultation with a plastic surgeon and are starting to plan your recovery. This is where a lot of nervousness usually occurs. There is no way to predict how you will recover from your procedure. However, years of interaction with patients have taught us that, with a few must-haves, most people do just fine. We’ll share them with you here.

Must-Have #1 – Help

At some point during the surgical process, well before surgery day, most patients will receive a list of post-operative instructions. With a little research (thanks, Google!), most patients come to learn that they should assemble a support team. Not only will they need someone to drive them home after surgery, but they will need someone to cook for them and maybe for a family. Someone will need to feed the pets and walk the dog. Depending on how long activity restrictions are in effect, someone may need to do some laundry or housecleaning. Let’s also not forget that you as the patient may need a personal assistant who can administer your medication and help you to and from the bathroom.

We list Help as the #1 must-have for a reason. This is the item on the list that most easily trips patients up. Many of us are accustomed to taking care of all of the things. So to not be able to maintain that can be a challenge. Difficult or not, we’ll repeat it again: get help and accept the short break from the business of life. Your body will thank you.

Must-Have #2 – Home Remedies

Home remedies after plastic surgery get you through the little nuisances that prescription pain medication cannot. In one instance, the recommended home remedy is to help you get through a particular nuisance that may stem from your prescription pain medication. That nuisance is constipation. One way to mitigate it is to drink a fiber drink every day. Another is to take magnesium citrate once daily. One of these two options should adequately address the issue of constipation after plastic surgery. The other remedy, you may already know. It’s ice. Don’t just get one ice pack; get two. Keep them both in the freezer starting before your surgery date and you’ll always have one when you need it.

Must-Have #3 – Patience

People who plan a plastic surgery procedure know that they will have some side effects. The usuals are swelling and bruising. Additionally, there may be some activity restrictions or soreness, which can affect one’s mood. The best way to go into your plastic surgery recovery is to know you may start to feel anxious to get to the other side. You will. It will just take some time.

We love helping our patients feel amazing. To schedule a consultation at our San Antonio office, call 210-227-3223.

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