Facial plastic surgery is more popular than ever, and each year an increasing number of men and women undergo cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedures either to correct their individual areas of concern or simply to minimize some of the inevitable signs of facial aging. However, even though there have been a number of advancements designed to make these procedures as quick and convenient as possible, it is still vital to remember the importance of recovery time. In my experience, facial plastic surgery is most effective when patients carefully and diligently follow their post-surgical recovery plan. Here are some important tips that you can follow to minimize the possibility of post-surgical complications and to help ensure that your plastic surgery recovery proceeds as smoothly as possible.
During our pre-surgical consultation, we will have reviewed and discussed all of the personal details that could impact your recovery, from your general activity level to any herbal supplements or vitamins that you may plan to take. Using this information, I formulate a recovery plan that is specifically suited to your needs. It is extremely important that you follow that plan, scrupulously! Every patient is unique, so information that you hear from friends or glean from the internet may not be applicable to your case. Make sure that you attend all scheduled post-operative follow up appointments so that I can carefully monitor your progress and address any potential problems before they become serious. I have been performing facial plastic surgery procedures on men and women of all ages for nearly thirty years, so take advantage of my advice and expertise by keeping the lines of communication open.
Pay Attention to Your Medication
Many drugs and herbal supplements can interact in unexpected ways, so be sure you understand exactly what you need to take and what you should avoid. Different patients can often have very different levels of pain tolerance, so don’t feel anxious about taking your prescribed pain medication if necessary. In fact, pain triggers the body’s natural stress response and causes an increase in blood pressure, which could potentially increase bruising, place additional strain on healing sutures, and even exacerbate the appearance of scars. Don’t forget to take all of your prescribed antibiotics to avoid infection and follow the guidelines we have established regarding any other medications and herbal supplements.
Avoid Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Caffeine
While all of these substances are generally considered unhealthy, they can be particularly dangerous before and immediately after major surgery. Smoking cigarettes compromises your lung function and blood flow, effectively delaying or potentially impairing the healing process, while alcohol and caffeine can adversely affect blood clotting and blood pressure. Prior to your surgery, we will go over a full and comprehensive list of drugs, foods, and other substances that can have a negative effect on your recovery.
Engage in Light to Moderate Exercise
Giving yourself time to rest after any surgical procedure is important, in part because any rigorous exercise can increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, and potentially open healing wounds. However, there is no reason to just lie around doing nothing either. Short walks around the house or even outside to get some fresh air can be tremendously beneficial and help you to get over the constipation that can be a side effect of anesthesia, prescription pain relievers, and overall changes to your body. Light activity after surgery (within reason) promotes healing and helps keep you in a positive state of mind.
Facial plastic surgery can accomplish a great deal, but it can accomplish even more if patients take care of themselves before and after their procedure(s). If you are interested in learning more about any of the non-surgical facial rejuvenation or cosmetic facial 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 on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.