If they need to take time off from work to recover from plastic surgery, many Austin-area residents are also tempted to combine that time off with a vacation. However, it’s important to realize that successful outcomes require recovery – not recreation.
Save for Vacation
While it’s natural to want to enjoy you time off from work, many typical vacation activities should be absolutely avoided, under any circumstances. These include:
- Drinking alcohol
- Long bus rides
- Extensive walking
Not following instructions and avoiding these activities could compromise your recovery and your results.
Important for Recovery
Your particular restrictions and requirements during recovery will depend on your unique situation, such as the procedure you had performed, your overall health, and your age. It’s important to keep in mind that you need to give your body a chance to repair itself. Here are some common recommendations:
- Enlist some help. Most people benefit from help around the house – whether it’s with meals, the kids, or self-care – for the first 2 to 3 days or so after sur-gery.
- Stay hydrated. Keep your body fluids plentiful to help accelerate the healing process.
- Walk around as recommended. For example, I instruct my tummy tuck patients to get up and walk around early and often after their surgery.
- Sleep upright. A recliner can be a good place to recover from procedures like breast enhancement or an Austin face lift when you need to keep your upper body elevated initially.
- Wear compression garments. Whether you’ve had liposuction, a tummy tuck, or breast enlargement, a compression garment minimizes swelling and supports the area as it heals.
- Limit heavy lifting and strenuous exercise until you are given the ok to keep bleeding and swelling to a minimum.
You chose to have plastic surgery to improve the appearance of your body. Give it a chance to heal and save the fun for after your recovery. Your improved look will be a good reason to celebrate.