Midwest FPS, as well as other facial plastic surgeons, recommends that you rest and care for yourself after surgery, as it will have a great effect on the results of your recovery. Although every procedure has its own level of recovery time, your habits can have a positive or negative effect on your results. What can you do to ensure a healthy recovery process?
Manage Your Environment
The first major component you should work on controlling is your environment. Since sunlight is the most destructive element to your skin, limit your exposure to it and other forms of heat— even your blow dryer. You should also plan down time for your recovery stage so your body has enough time to recuperate. Don’t expect to only need a few days to recover. Refrain from attending social engagements or undertaking important tasks—make sure your life is in order before your surgery, whether that means paying off your bills or attending an important meeting. Finally, be sure to surround yourself with a support group. Doing so will help you stay mentally positive and have a better overall healing process.
Manage Your Body
How you treat your body after your facial plastic surgery plays an important role in your healing process. Being healthy before your operation is the best option, but sometimes it’s too late for that. Make sure to get lots rest, as your body naturally mends itself during sleep. To minimize swelling, make sure your head is elevated while you sleep. You also need to practice good nutrition. Avoid salty foods or drinks, but eat lots of protein and whole wheat or other healthy options that are easy to consume. Finally, do your best to baby your skin. This means you should refrain from picking or peeling at your surgery area, and avoid any habits that might disrupt healing. Possibly the worst of these habits includes smoking—most surgeons require that you be smoke-free for at least a few months before and after surgery to promote proper healing.
Managing activity is huge when it comes to maximizing your results after surgery. Be sure to maintain a light schedule, especially the first few days into your recovery. However, it’s important to continue light exercises such as walking to promote blood flow—just make sure you don’t work up a sweat. Finally, it’s vital that you attend all of your follow-up appointments. Your surgeon will be able to accurately update you on your healing process, as well as let you know if there’s anything you should or should not continue doing.
Although this outline provides a good starting point for achieving the best results after surgery, be sure to consult with your surgeon before and after your procedure to figure out which activities and practices best fit you and your procedure.