Plastic Surgery Do’s and Don’ts

Now that you’ve chosen a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery it is time to think ahead and understand the dos and don’ts of cosmetic surgery recovery. With each and every one of our patients, we spend a huge amount of time during the pre-surgery consultation going over recovery specifics. With most cosmetic surgeries you will undergo a slight lifestyle change immediately after your procedure.

Take a look at our list of dos and don’ts before you schedule your appointment so that you have set yourself up for the best recovery possible.

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DON’T: Use Nicotine

Did you know that nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict? This limits your blood supply to the incision sites and can slow down healing and increases your chance of infection post operation. Smoking before your surgery can also increase the likelihood of unsightly scarring.

DO: Make Arrangements for Plastic Surgery

Everyone thinks they can be a superhero right after surgery, but unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Have arrangements for child care, pet care, and yourself before scheduling the appointment. The unnecessary stress before your surgery is bad for healing and could have serious effects on the healing process.

DON’T: Overdo It

One of the most common issues we see with recovering patients is that they overdo it after their surgery. This can cause the incisions to rip or split and result in you having to come back end and needing emergency restitching, which is both costly and dangerous, making you very susceptible to infections.

DO: Take Care of Your Incisions After Plastic Surgery

Finally, always take care of your incisions. Clean them as determined during discharge and do not fall victim to catastrophic circumstances. Typically, you will need to clean the affected area multiple times a day, covering with new bandages each time.

We hope that these tips help you get on the fast track to a speedy recovery process. Contact our team today if you have any questions or concerns in regards to your upcoming plastic surgery procedure.