Tips to Help You Care for Yourself After Cosmetic Surgery
Failing to take proper care of yourself after any type of surgery can compromise your results. Sometimes, improper care can even send a patient right back to the hospital with an emergency or painful complication. To have as easygoing and healthy a recovery as possible following a cosmetic surgical procedure, you need to put self-care at the top of your priorities list.
In this article, we’ll discuss how you can be proactive about your recovery and take the best care of yourself during your recovery.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Directions Precisely
Your surgeon is going to give you advice for post-surgical aftercare. This advice is formulated to your specific circumstances and should be followed to the letter. Your surgeon may advise you to avoid doing certain things (like heavy lifting or smoking), do things that you normally don’t (such as elevating your head to sleep following rhinoplasty), what medications to take and when to take them. They give this advice for a reason, so don’t assume that you know any better than the professionals. If you have concerns about the directions given to you by the surgeon, address those concerns with them promptly rather than just taking matters into your own hands.
Get Help for Around the House
You can recruit family, friends and even professional home-based aftercare providers to lighten the load at home post-surgery. Your surgeon is likely going to ask you to take it easy for some time, and you may find that certain tasks become painful or difficult while you’re in recovery. Don’t try to tackle it all on your own. The pain and stress simply aren’t worth it, so make sure to have your support system on standby.
Get Off Your Feet and Relax
Stress and strenuous physical activity can add undue burden to the recovery process, so do your best to relax while in recovery – especially for the first couple of weeks. Expect to take a couple of weeks off of work. Get some help with household chores. If you have children, do your best to get some help in terms of childcare. Whatever it takes to lighten the stress in your life during recovery, now is the time to do it!
Cosmetic surgery can transform your life. When you are dutiful and careful in your post-surgery aftercare, this transformation can be incredible. If you neglect your body’s needs during the recovery period, however, you might not be so pleased with how things turn out.