After undergoing cosmetic surgery, most patients wish to speed up their healing process so that they can enjoy the changes as well as return to their daily habits and activities sooner.
But each cosmetic procedure for each patient is different, thus many variables could affect how long your recovery time will be after undergoing one or several surgical procedures. But on the bright side, it is possible for you to significantly impact your healing process.
Below is a look at tips that cosmetic surgery patients can follow after undergoing a surgical procedure to help speed up the recovery process.
It’s possible you’ve heard and read different things about the healing process, but remember that only your doctor knows what’s right and best for you. Therefore, if you have any doubts, be sure to clarify things with him or her. Also, to help you with this process, you can speed up your recovery process by always following all the post-operative instructions given by your plastic surgeon.
When you go through any facial surgery, including a nose job, eyelid lift or facelift, it’s important that you use an icepack to help minimize the swelling. Even when there are bandages covering the area operated on, you will need to ice it down every now and then.
Some procedures, like liposuction, tummy tuck, breast lift or breast augmentation, may require that you have on a compression garment for a few weeks. These garments can help your body control bruising and swelling. Additionally, they will prevent wrinkling of your skin hence helping with body contouring and enhancing skin retraction. Also, the pressure from these compression garments can make scars flatter, softer, and less visible.
Remember that your healing process takes time, hence it is a good idea to be patient. Nearly all kinds of cosmetic surgery procedures come with bruising and swelling. This means the full effect of the results will not be visible immediately. But don’t panic, since stress could impede your body’s natural recovery time.
Depending on the procedure(s) you’ve chosen to get, the recovery time might vary from several days to several weeks. Be sure to plan for how the post-surgical downtime might affect your social schedule, family, and work responsibilities. Also, plan for a member of your family or even a friend to care for you during the initial 2 to 3 days after surgery. Although you might believe you will resume your daily routines straightaway, having someone to help you can allow you to focus on recovering and bring you peace of mind.
Although moving around is very crucial, doing strenuous exercises, like weightlifting or running, can be a blow to your recovery process. Most cosmetic patients get anxious to resume their regular workout routines. But, for you to speed up recovery times, it’s important that you avoid performing challenging exercises for a few weeks following your surgery.
Exercise elevates blood pressure, and this could increase bleeding, bruising, and inflammation. For patients who take on vigorous workouts immediately after their surgery might suffer serious complications. And this might include re-opening of incisions. With this in mind, it is advisable that you discuss with your surgeon prior to resuming any pre-surgery gym activity.
Your healing process might be affected by stress. Consider this recovery time as a period for stress relief, hence making it address two aspects of your medical healing experience. It is important that your mind and body is free from anxiety so that your anti inflammation medicine and healing process can go smoothly. Some patients may also use medical grade CBD oil in Australia, USA and Canada, as well as other countries that it is legal, to aid with the anti-inflammation, stress and speed up recovery. Medical CBD is not psychoactive – not to be confused with a recreational substance.
Meditation, reading, yoga( not the vigorous moves), or listening to some relaxing music can help in lowering your stress levels. Also, some aromas like lavender can be soothing for you. In addition, scented candles or an aromatic bath might help you relax. You might also find it relaxing to take a walk in the park, but be sure to protect your wounds from harsh elements.
These will slow down your recovery process and lead to unnecessary complications. For instance, alcohol will suppress your immune system hence making the healing process more difficult. Since it causes a dehydrating effect, alcohol could lead to bleeding.
Avoid smoking as well as exposure to second-hand smoke. This is because tobacco smoke tends to limit the amount of oxygen that your body’s cells get. The cells of your body need oxygen to help heal.
Avoid prescription and recreational drugs. These include anabolic steroids that are used for muscle building as well as corticosteroids that help fight inflammation. The reason for this is because these could cause problems. In addition, some supplements and prescription drugs will increase the likelihood of bleeding. Steroids might affect how your incision heals and recreational drugs will increase how often you take pain medications.
Typically, you will need lots of rest during the first 48 hours after your surgery; however, do not confuse this directive of relaxing as an instruction that you have to stay in your bed all day. Keep in mind that moving helps the body heal, and might also help lower the pain levels.
It is possible you might not feel like taking a five-mile walk but make sure that you get up from time to time to help keep the blood flowing. Something like walking around the house for some minutes, or taking a few minutes to do some gentle stretching movement can be helpful than doing nothing. And to help you remember, why not set a timer to prompt you every hour to move around.
Remember that the healing process after undergoing plastic surgery will differ from one patient to the next. Equally important, the number and type of procedures you decide to undergo tends to differ from patient to patient.
Keep in mind that each plastic surgery healing process has both emotional and physical components. And just like any surgeon will recommend, it’s crucial that you avoid rushing the recovery process. This is because allowing the body to heal properly can lead to more rewarding results.
After having surgery you may have limited movement and find it difficult or not be able to raise your arms above your head. Think about this when choosing which clothes to pack for your cosmetic surgery holiday. Items that can be buttoned up instead of going over your head would be best. Loose fitting clothes may be more comfortable too. Check the season that you will be travelling to Thailand for your cosmetic surgery holiday. High season is from November – April, this is when many holiday makers choose to travel to Thailand as the weather is much better. If you are travelling in these months then pack cool clothes. If you are travelling outside of these months then you may be within rainy season so pack some water proofs, the rain can be very bad at times in these months.
The hospital may already provide you with a post-surgery compression garment. Check with your coordinator whether you will be given one or not. We often recommend our clients to purchase a compression garment in preparation of their cosmetic surgery holiday. The ones the hospital provides are not often the best quality or fit. We work with an Australian based company who can advise you on which garment to buy and send it out to your home address prior to your trip.
If you are having your surgery under general anesthetic then you will be required to stay in the hospital for at least 1 night. Some procedures require a longer hospital stay. Your surgeon will have already told you how many nights you will be required to stay in your online consultation feedback. Pack some comfortable night clothes and an outfit to put on when you leave the hospital, consider the things above; lose fitting clothes that are easy to put on. You may want to pack a thin jumper in case the air conditioning is chilly in the hospital or you feel the cold easily. Pack your regular over-night things and it might be a good idea to bring a book or organize some films to watch if you are expecting to be in the hospital for some time. The hospital has wifi so you can access skype and facebook etc to contact people back home.
If you are currently taking any medication for any pre-existing conditions then you must check with your coordinator and surgeon if you need to stop taking this medication before you surgery. Remember to pack any medication that you have been prescribed if you need to continue taking this while you’re away. You won’t need to bring any pain relief medication or any medication associated with your surgery. Everything will be prescribed and monitored by your surgeon in Thailand. They will even prescribe sleeping pills to help you sleep after your procedure.
When booking any procedure with Lotus you will first have an online surgery consultation. You surgeon will assess your information and images and provide you with a full treatment plan and quote. This surgery consultation is free and you are under no obligation to book by using this service. When you arrive in Thailand you will meet with your surgeon and have a face to face surgery consultation. In this surgery consultation you will discuss the surgeon’s feedback that was provided in your online consultation and together you will decide on a final surgical plan. This is your chance to ask your surgeon everything you need and want to know before having the procedure so it is a good idea to prepare for your surgery consultation to make sure you cover everything. We have put together a list of questions and things to consider when preparing for your surgery consultation.
1. What are all my options? Are there alternatives to what has initially been recommended?
2. Does what I have been recommended fit in with my desired outcome and result?
3. You may want to bring in photos of the type of results you like.
4. How long will the procedure take?
5. How long will I be in recovery after the procedure?
6. How many nights will I need to stay in hospital (this would have already been discussed prior to the face to face consultation but if the surgical plan changes the amount of time you need to spend in hospital may change also.)
7. How will I feel when I wake up?
8. How many follow up appointments will I have?
9. Is there any aftercare I should be following before my first follow up?
10. What will I need to do when I go home?
11. If having breast augmentation, is it recommended to massage the implants once I return home?
12. How long do I have to wear my compression or support garment for?
13. When will I be able to exercise again?
14. When will I be able to return to work?
15. When will I be able to shower normally or swim?
16. If I have any question when I return home what is the procedure?
17. Will I ever need to have a second surgery?
18. Will I need stitches? Will they need to be removed or are they dissolvable?
19. What medication will I be required to take after surgery?
20. If you are currently on any medication or supplements you may need to stop taking these before you surgery date so email your coordinator to check.
Your medical assistant from Lotus will be able to answer many of these questions for you already so if any of these apply to you please feel free to email us at [email protected]. It’s a good idea to have thought about the questions you would like to ask before your surgery consultation. You can have as much time as you need with your surgeon in your surgery consultation. You can ask your Lotus medical assistant as many questions as you need and you can email us at any time, we’re happy to help.
Opting to have cosmetic surgery is always a big decision. As you have chosen to book your surgery through Lotus Medical International you can be rest assured that your surgery will be performed by top class surgeons in a superb hospital. You can also be confident that you will receive the highest level of care.
There are some things that you can do to enhance your experience. We have put together a small list of do’s and don’ts to facilitate you during your surgery and recovery.