I always send my plastic surgery patients in the Seattle area home with postoperative instructions specific to their treatments. There are some tips, though, that are helpful for all cosmetic surgery patients, regardless of the procedure. Here is my best advice:
- Start healthy. Being in good health before surgery will reduce the risk of complications and make recovery smoother. Poor health, on the other hand, means you will heal more slowly.
- Get support. For the days just after your surgery, you’ll need help lifting, moving, cooking, and so on, especially if children or other dependents rely on you. Of course, the amount and duration of help will depend on the procedure, but you should make support arrangement beforehand.
- Be realistic. The best plastic surgery enhances your appearance without it looking like you’ve had surgery. Having practical expectations and being patient and positive during recovery can help ensure your satisfaction.
- Protect your skin. If you want to help your incisions heal properly and encourage your scars to fade, keep them protected from the sun — even after recovery. Consider using one of the new scar treatments such as bioCorneum which help you heal with less of a scar.
- Follow instructions. Take your surgeon’s postoperative care instructions seriously. The instructions may seem strict, but you’ll be glad you followed them.