From smoothing away the subtle signs of facial aging to correcting facial deformities caused by disease, trauma, or defect, plastic surgery, particularly cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures, can accomplish a great deal. However, it is not some magic wand that can instantly and effortlessly wipe away every imperfection. Getting the best possible results from any facial plastic surgery procedure requires consistent and conscientious care, from both the doctor and the patient before and after the surgery. Here are six vital tips to help you get the most out of your facial plastic surgery.
- Do Your Homework: Make sure that your doctor is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and carefully examine before and after photographs of their past patients. Learn everything you can about your own procedure so that you will have a good idea of what sort of results you can reasonably expect.
- Mind Your Health: Frequent use of alcohol or tobacco-products can have an adverse effect on circulation, skin elasticity, and healing factors. Any of these issues can potentially lead to you experiencing complications during surgery or prolong your post-procedure recovery time.
- Follow Instructions: After your procedure, I will give you detailed instructions about how to care for your incisions, when to change bandages, and what medications to take. Many cases of botched plastic surgery procedures are actually the result of patients failing to follow post-operative care instructions.
- Attend Follow-Up Appointments: In the rare event that plastic surgery complications do arise, it is vital that we catch it and deal with it early. Post-operative visits allow me to closely monitor your progress and make sure that everything is progressing as it should.
- Get Lots of Rest: Not only does the body require energy in order to regenerate itself, but strenuous activities can also put excessive strain on the healing incisions, possibly reopening your sutures and forcing them to take longer to heal.
- Avoid the Sun: There are many different things that can damage your skin, but few environmental factors are as harmful as ultraviolet light. Even minor exposure to the sun can significantly increase swelling and inflammation after a surgical procedure. Because the newly healed skin around the surgical incisions can be very sensitive, so sun exposure can make any scars much more visible.
Every patient is unique and each has their own individual health requirements that make healing and recovery times vary significantly. However, following these six simple guidelines can go a long way towards ensuring that your facial plastic surgery results meet or exceed all your expectations. If you are interested in learning more about any of the non-surgical facial rejuvenation or cosmetic plastic surgery procedures I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, so that we can schedule a full consultation. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.