By Sacha Obaid
If you’ve been dreaming about cosmetic surgery and have made the decision to achieve the appearance you’ve always wanted, it’s important to recognize how valuable your results will be! To ensure you get the best results possible, caring for yourself during your recovery is essential.
While you know to get plenty of rest and check in with your doctor, do you know what not to do? Find out here!
1. Never stop following your recovery plan.
When you chose your plastic surgeon, it’s likely you chose them for their expertise. Don’t disregard this expertise during your recovery and choose to follow your own recovery plan. Instead, abide by the recovery instructions you receive from your surgery to achieve the best results. Your surgeon understands what your body and skin need to recover fully. If you divert from their plan, then you risk messing with your results.
2. Avoid laying out in the sun.
Sun exposure after having surgery is one of the worst things you can do for your recovery. If you underwent a cosmetic procedure on your face or skin, absolutely avoid laying out in the sun or getting into a tanning bed during your recovery period. Sun exposure can lead to complications, such as lightening or darkening pigmentation of the skin. Plus, excess sun exposure can actually increase your chances of scarring.
After plastic surgery wear sunscreen every time you go outside, and cover up your skin as much as possible.
3. Never take medications without your physician’s knowledge.
Your physician needs to know every single medication and supplement that you are taking before and after your procedure. Certain medications and supplements may adversely cross with the medications your surgeon prescribes during your recovery, and mixing them could lead to complications. Plus, certain medications and supplements may actually increase your chances of bleeding, which can cause your wound to heal improperly. Always tell your doctor about each and every medication and supplement you take. They can determine whether you can continue taking them during your recovery period.
4. Never smoke.
Smoking directly damages the vascular system in your body and will impede your healing process. If you smoke during your recovery, not only will you recover more slowly, you will also be at a higher risk for developing complications such as skin necrosis and scarring. Keep the cigarettes out of your home, and go smoke-free during your entire recovery.
Undergoing plastic surgery is an exciting decision, so you definitely don’t want to mess up your results by diverting from your required recovery plan. Follow your doctor’s orders to the best of your ability, and avoid the above activities during your recovery period. Your specific procedure may require more or less of you during recovery, and your doctor knows best!