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Taking care of yourself after cosmetic surgery, just like any other surgery, can be a difficult task – especially if you live alone or your loved ones are too busy with their own lives to provide you the aftercare help that you need. Love Joy Hospice is here to fill the gap by providing experienced and compassionate care to surgical patients. Cosmetic surgery can transform your life, boost your confidence and even make you healthier in some ways, but improper aftercare can set back your recovery and even alter your final results. Let us help you to recover as speedily and easily as possible following your surgery!

Using BPC-157 To Recover After Surgery

Although it sounds like a mysterious compound, BPC-157 is simply a research peptide. What is a peptide? Peptides are a chain of amino acids. So, how does this amino acid aid in recovery from surgery?

In more complex terminology, a peptide is a compound that is made up of at least two amino acids that are linked together. The carboxyl group from each amino acid is joined with the amino group of the next amino acid. As a result, a bond is formed that resembles this: OC-NH.

With BPC-157, the compound is a chain of amino acids that has the following molecular formula:

  • – 62 carbons
  • – 98 hydrogens
  • – 16 nitrogen
  • – 22 oxygen atoms

The bond that is formed looks like this: C62-H98-N16-O22.

If you want to go delve even deeper, BPC-157 is made up of a fifteen amino acid sequence that includes amino acids such as L-Valine and L-alpha-glutamyl.

Defining BPC-157 

BPC is an acronym for Body Protecting Compound. The human body already makes its own gastric juices, although they are made in very small amounts. These juices help to protect the gut while also healing it. However, if you inject or consume a very concentrated version of these juices, the concentrate has the ability to allow for very high levels of healing activity anywhere in the body.

And, if the two amino acids mentioned above look familiar to you, there is a good reason why. These amino acids are often taken orally by athletes and bodybuilders who want to heal from their injuries quickly. These amino acids can also help the body remain in an anabolic state during and after a workout.

They can also be taken in order to prevent the central nervous system from getting tired during long workouts.

How Does BPC-157 Help? 

Surprisingly, when taking BPC-157, users do not experience any nasty side effects. And, it has been used since the early 1990s to repair and heal different structures of the body such as:

  • The teeth
  • Bone
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Intestines

Studies conducted through test tubes and in-vitro in both rodent and human test subjects have concluded that when BPC-157 is taken orally or injected intramuscularly or subcutaneously, it has been able to repair and heal damaged tissue in the body.

Further studies have shown that BPC-157 has been able to promote the healing of tendons and ligaments by cell migration, tendon outgrowth and cell survival in rodents that had a rupture in their Achilles tendon. It has also shown promise of healing when added to drinking water given to rodents such as rats that had damage to their medial collateral ligaments.

BPC-157 has also shown to be effective in tendon-to-bone recovery that is so successful that it may replace current reconstructive surgical methods.

BPC-157 has also been shown to heal the gut lining from the effects of damage caused by NSAIDs like Motrin and Advil. In fact, it has been able to counter the effects that NSAIDs have on the gut lining so well that it has been nicknamed by many medical researchers as the ‘antidote to NSAIDs’.

BPC-157 is also credited with being able to repair the damage caused by IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) in a few days when taken orally. This study was conducted on rodents with IBD.

The peptide has also shown that it is a candidate in the treatment of periodontal disease when it was given to a rodent test subject that had periodontitis.

It is often referred to as ‘stable gastric pentadecapeptide’ because it is similar in composition to the gastric juices found in the human digestive system. BPC-157 has an anabolic healing effect on the upper and lower GI tracts, and this causes an antiulcer effect on the body as well.

As demonstrated in the referenced studies above, BPC-157 is able to speed up wound healing. When it interacts with Nitric Oxide, it coats the endothelial tissue with a protective lining that offers a wound-healing effect.

In a 2016 study that was published by Current Neuropharmacology, it showed just how remarkably strong and far-reaching the healing effects of BPC-157 truly are.

It is well-known that there is a brain-gut axis in the human body that plays an integral role in peptidergic growth factors. As a result, medical researchers sought to determine whether this peptide could positively and indirectly heal disorders that affect the central nervous system.

Recovery Of Alcohol-Induced Lesions In The GI Tract 

As previously mentioned, the peptide has shown potential in healing the GI tract from a plethora of illnesses and other health issues. However, studies conducted in 2011 delved further on the other findings by examining BPC-157’s ability to be used as a therapeutic treatment for scars in the digestive system caused by alcohol. Studies conducted on animal subjects specifically looked at the following areas of the GI tract:

  • Intestines
  • Liver
  • Stomach
  • Esophagus
  • Duodenum

The findings from this study only further proved to support the original findings of past research. Researchers observed that the peptide has beneficial effects on the dysfunction related to the 5-HT and dopamine systems.

During this study, BPC-157 also exhibited properties for hunting and destroying free radicals in the body and also strong neuroprotective properties.

Healing Of Surgical Wounds

A study conducted in 2007 delved deeper into the peptide’s ability to repair wounds. This was done by examining the effects of BPC-157 on healing rodents that had intestinal anastomosis dehiscence.

Also known as rupturing, this type of wound is extremely severe. It is often the cause of after surgery deaths.

By noticing that the peptide did not show evidence of the ability to become lethal and was not toxic, researchers begin to look for ways that it could have a healing effect on rodent test subjects that had ileoileal anastomosis.

Incredibly, this compound was found to have helped improve each aspect of the wound repair and healing process.

The performance of the compound was assessed at the cellular level as well as macroscopically. It was even assessed biomechanically. In all instances, it was found to have helped reduce the amount of swelling and well as decrease the speed of necrosis.

As you can see, BPC-157 has strong potential to aid in surgery recovery. It is an all-natural compound with no side effects and can accelerate healing and recovery in the body.


Do Stairlifts Help With Surgery Recovery?

Over the course of life, the majority of people experience a variety of health issues. While some of these issues are minor, others may require a type of surgery to either resolve the issue or to make living with the health problem more bearable. Two health issues that fit this type of description are hip and knee replacements. However, can using a stairlift make recovery from these types of surgery easier?

Due to advancements in medical advancements and treatments, people are living longer than ever before. In fact, seniors are choosing to live at home and remain independent instead of relocating to a long term care residential facility. Research from AARP has shown that over 90% of seniors over the age of 65 remain in the homes until they are in their mid to late 70s before they move to a retirement community. However, with this increase in independent living, there has to be a balance when it comes to in-home care assistance.

There are some aging seniors who only need minimal in-home assistance after they retire. However, there are others that may only be one fall away from requiring advanced medical care. The chance of injury for the elderly who remain in their homes increases if they are staying in homes that have steep stairs, very narrow hallways or other types of structural issues that can make getting around their home challenging.

So, if you or someone that you love is living in a home that has stairs, and you are recovering from a surgery, you may think that your only option is to temporarily relocate to an assisted living or rehabilitation facility. But, there are other options available for you to choose from. Some of these options may even allow you to remain in your home during your recovery, and one of these options may be installing a stairlift.

Who Should Use A Stair Lift? 

There are those who only view a stairlift as an assistive device for those who are in wheelchairs. The truth is, a person does not need to be either a senior or wheelchair bound in order to benefit from a stairlift. It can be used by:

    • A person who recently had surgery
    • Those with visual impairments
    • Those with issues related to aging

Anyone who fits into one of these categories may find it difficult to walk up and down the stairs, and view the stairs in their home as a risk factor.

Even if a person who has had surgery is able to live on their own during their recovery without needing assistance in other areas of their life, they will be able to find great comfort in the fact that there is a stairlift in their home. As a result, it will promote independence. This is true if it is not practical to have the person sleep and recover downstairs.

Stair lifts can also be used during surgery recovery when it is impractical to use a ramp. A ramp can easily be used outside in order to access the entrance into the home but is not the best assistive device to use for stairs that go up to the second story. In addition, other mobility devices such as walkers, cane and crutches can be difficult to use on a ramp or on stairs.

Did you know that the leading cause of accidental death for seniors are falling? In fact, seniors are one in three times as likely to fall in the home. By using a stairlift, seniors can significantly reduce that risk while they are recovering from surgery. As a result, they will feel more confident and independent living at home.

Paying For A Stair Lift 

Even if you choose to install it in your home after you have had surgery, it is important to understand that, although it may be the best choice, it is not a free choice. The process to purchase and install a stairlift can be very costly, but is there a price you can place on your independence and mobility?

When you compare the cost of installing a stairlift to the costs that are associated with living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, they are not the same. So, whether you are a senior who prefers to age in place, and/or you are recovering from hip, knee or back surgery, purchasing and installing one could prove to be a good investment. However, you can always choose to rent the equipment instead.

Buying A New Stair Lift Versus Buying A Pre-Owned Stair Lift Versus Renting 

There are advantages to all of these options. Even though a stairlift is a huge purchase, a person’s situation could change and eliminate the need for them to have one.

This is especially true if you are recovering from surgery. Although your recovery period may be for several weeks or months, you do eventually plan to regain total mobility. In a scenario like this, it would not be financially wise to invest in a new stairlift.

On the other hand, if you are prepared to fix any issues with your stairlift on your own, you may prefer to purchase a new one that has warranty coverage.

If you do decide to purchase one that was previously owned, do not take the seller’s word that the lift was well maintained. Have the lift inspected by a trained professional who is experienced in servicing and installing stairlifts to ensure the stairlift is in good condition.

It is also important to have your staircase and the stairlift measured to make sure it will fit in your home. For example, if you have a straight staircase, a curved stairlift will not fit.

There is also the option of renting a stairlift. However, keep in mind that certain variations or models may not be available for lease. As in the previous example, curved stairlifts are typically customized pieces of equipment. This means that it may be impossible for you to lease or rent one.

A stair lift can help reduce surgery recovery time by preventing additional injury from walking up and downstairs. Research the different options available, decide whether to rent or buy and choose the best for your needs.

Advice For Rhinoplasty Surgery Aftercare

Rhinoplasty is a form of surgery that has a pretty high degree of satisfaction level. However, it has a long healing period and calls for the ultimate patience if you undergo this procedure. In this read, we are going to cover important things to keep in mind during your first week after surgery to make sure you’re recovering quickly.

An important thing to keep in mind is that you should never assess your results in the first and second week. You may notice an instant reduction in size as well as angular profile changes, but there will be a considerable amount of hidden internal swelling and bruising to the nasal tip and upper bridge that requires a few weeks to reduce.

Comprehensive Guide to Rhinoplasty Surgery Aftercare 

General Anaesthesia 

You were administered general anaesthesia as part of your procedure, and it’s not uncommon for it to cause sickness or nausea while at the hospital. The chances of it being present after being dismissed are few, but the anaesthesia will still be in your body, which may make you feel slightly sleepy and tired.

Movements and Activity 

Rest as much as you can right after getting home and make sure any movement or activity is at an absolute minimum. The person taking care of you the first day after surgery can assist by:

    • Helping you remove your shoes and change clothes. This is to prevent bleeding, which happens when you bend your head forward.
    • When on the bed, try and stay in your resting position. The person looking after you can bring water, beverages, food, etc., to make sure you’re not getting up and lying down every now and then. This is to ideally prevent the possibility of nasal bleeding and dizziness.

Drinking and Eating 

For the first 24 hours, drink two litres of water. Any juices and soft drinks are fine to take at room temperature. However, you’ll want to avoid taking hot beverages for the first 72 hours as they can stimulate the sinus and lead to bleeding. You can take coffee or tea at a cooler temperature during the first three days after the procedure.

As for food, avoid eating spicy food for the first week. Hot food can lead to the production of additional mucus around your nose, which forms into a crusty residue that can be very uncomfortable.

On the first night after rhinoplasty, go for easy to chew food like chicken, fish and pasta. Avoid food that needs persistent chewing to breakdown. Also, you’ll want to stay away from gum for the first week.


The Meds 

It’s imperative to take all meds given to you after surgery. More often than not, you will be given:

    • Codeine or Paracetamol which help control ant slight pain or pain. Take two tablets every four hours.
    • Ibuprofen which helps with any inflammation or swelling. You should take 400mg every six hours with food.

If you’re on any other prescription meds, continue to take them as per physician directions. As for dietary products, supplements and vitamins, you can resume to take them 24 hours after the procedure.


For most if not all patients, sleeping for the first night is uncomfortable as many are used to sleeping on their side. It is vital that you sleep on your back with the head elevated slightly for the first seven nights. This is to ascertain proper circulation, which fastens the healing process.

However, if you find yourself sleeping on your side, make sure that you’re elevated higher with a double pillow to prevent your nose from touching the pillow.

Handling Bleeding 

Bleeding will be the most common after-effect, and most of it will happen in the initial two days. It’s common to have the odd slight nose bleed for the first seven days, so do not be overly concerned.

Bleeding happens due to the formation of new skin and healing of the internal incisions made during surgery. It can ideally be remaining from the procedure which usually appears darker. Bleeding can occur for up to 45 minutes without halting, so do not be too worried it happens for that long. During the first several days, it’s advisable to allow it to discharge into the padding under the nose.

Bruising and Swelling 

These are other common experienced after undergoing rhinoplasty. The soft skin tissue found near your eyes is prone to bruising and swelling, so don’t be too surprised.

    • If you’ve bruised immediately after rhinoplasty, chances are you will recover faster.
    • If it starts after a day, there’s an increased chance that you’ll have delayed recovery and the swelling or bruising may continue up to 24 hours longer.
    • If you have a little swelling and bruising after two days, there is a likelihood that you may not bruise at all and may recover quickly.

Bruising areas tend to vary. It can happen in the lower eye bag region, and in some cases, the upper eyelid. Swelling and bruising cannot be predicted correctly as every person’s defence to trauma varies. As such, you may recover slower or faster than an individual you know who underwent a similar procedure.

Tips For Recovery From Swelling or Bruising 

-You can consider taking Arnica tablets which are an alternative supplement for treating bruising. They can be taken before and after the procedure.

-You can use ice packs after going home from the procedure. They are ideal for freezing the nasal or eye area that’s swelling. However, never apply them on the nose itself as this can lead to undesirable results. Always use ice packs around eyes or to the forehead.

-It is essential that you continue taking ibuprofen to keep the bruising or swelling to a minimum. In some situations, the doctor may give you stronger anti-inflammatory tablets to help ease swelling during your seven-day post-operative appointment.

So there you have it, a few tips you should know when it comes to rhinoplasty aftercare. Remember to be patient as noticeable results tend to appear several weeks after the procedure.


Why It’s Worth it to Get In-Home Care Following Cosmetic Surgery

Many people, especially those who have never gone under the knife, mistakenly believe that cosmetic surgery is somehow less serious than other types of surgical procedures. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You still need to prepare yourself, cope with the pains and swelling of recovery, and follow your surgeon’s orders to the letter to achieve the best possible results. In some cases, help is needed during the recovery process. Here’s why you should consider getting in-home care for the days and weeks following your cosmetic procedure.

What Services Can You Get from a Home-Based Aftercare Provider?

There are various services that are offered from professional, in-home aftercare providers. The patient can pick and choose from these services, depending on their individual needs.


When in recovery, it can be difficult for a patient to drive themselves to their follow-up appointments, the pharmacy, and anywhere that they need to go for their important errands. An aftercare provider can facilitate transportation so that the patient’s life doesn’t have to be entirely disrupted by the recovery period.

Personal Care

Post-surgery recovery can make it difficult to perform even the most basic of self-care tasks, like bathing and getting dressed. A professional provider can assist with these tasks to ensure the patient’s safety for this challenging time.

Meal Preparation

Depending on the nature of your surgery, it may be difficult to stand for periods long enough to prepare your own meals. You may not be able to see very well because of swelling or your hands might not be up to the task of chopping ingredients. Whatever the case may be, if a patient is unable to prepare their own meals, a professional can assist with this important task.

Medication Dispensing

If you’re on pain medication that has fogged your mind, it can be difficult to remember to take your medications as prescribed by your surgeon. A home-based aftercare provider will keep track of your medication schedule and help make sure that medicines are taken on time. Taking your medication exactly as prescribed is an essential part of the healing process.


If you live alone, it can feel unbearable to be left alone in your current condition. In addition to providing the services detailed above, an aftercare provider is a valuable source of companionship for many grateful patients. These professionals are courteous and compassionate, so they make for excellent company!

Home-based aftercare providers are an incredible resource for those who need a helping hand during the post-surgery recovery period. If you can afford this type of help after a major cosmetic surgery, you absolutely should get in contact with one of these providers!

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.

Contact Us

Do you have a cosmetic surgery scheduled but you’re worried about what comes after, during the recovery period? Not every person can count on loved ones to help them during this difficult time. Reach out to the experienced, compassionate and professional aftercare providers at Love Joy Hospice. You don’t have to cope with the pain of recovery alone.

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