Personal follow-up care is important for successful post- surgery results
The after care of the cosmetic plastic surgery is as an important factor of the successful result as the plastic surgeon or the cosmetic or plastic surgery itself. It is essential that when having cosmetic or plastic surgery you are extensively informed as to what to expect pre, during and post surgery. It is very important if not most important aspect how to prepare yourself for the recovery period (the most difficult period).
Nausea and vomiting
Post-operative nausea and vomiting is a common problem during recovery from general anesthesia. In addition, you may feel drowsy, weak, or tired for several days after the operation, a combination of symptoms sometimes called the hangover effect. Fuzzy thinking, blurred vision, and coordination problems are also possible. For these reasons, anyone who has had general anesthesia should not drive, or perform other activities that could endanger themselves or others for at least 24 hours, or longer if necessary.
Healing is a gradual process
It is normal to feel a bit anxious or depressed for a few days following surgery. Nevertheless, this reaction will subside as you begin to look and feel better. Remined yourself that during the healing phase you can be, or will be:
- possibly depressed
Depression after cosmetic or plastic surgery
Depression is common following cosmetic surgery. There are several factors that contribute to post-operative depression, including:
Expecting to have a downtime and accepting it as normal will help you get back to normal sooner. Take time to relax, meditate and care for yourself. It is also important to have support from others.
- Anticipation and stress
- The medications, anesthesia and trauma of the surgery have physical effects that will affect your emotional well-being.
- Stress and fear regarding complications and disfigurement
- Refraining from exercise can make you feel tired, and out of sorts.
- Adjusting to your new look
- Dealing with family and friends reactions to your surgery
- Feeling guilty about having the procedure
The results of plastic surgery typically take a while to be perceptible after the surgery. This is because it takes time for the body to heal- to reduce swelling, bruising, and any trauma caused by the surgical procedure- before the final effects of cosmetic or plastic surgery are shown. Depending on the procedure, a patient may start to observe their improved appearance in the first few months after plastic surgery.
After plastic surgery it is essential to follow all of the instructions given by a Dr Rodrogo. The exact details of after surgery recovery care depend on the type of plastic surgery that was performed.
After your plastic surgery procedure, you will receive instructions for your surgery recovery and after-care with advice on activity, bathing and dressing. You will be given specific instructions that may include: how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon. Please read this discharge information thoroughly. It is imperative after surgery that you follow Dr Rodrigo plastic surgeon’s instructions to avoid complications and ensure the best possible results from your procedure. Your specific instructions will vary depending on the surgery performed.
However, there are some general post-operative care instructions to keep in mind. Listen carefully to Dr Rodrigo plastic surgeon’s advice and follow his post operative instructions. Only because some patients got away with not following postoperative instructions, or by changing them according to their own ideas, does not mean it would work for you as well. Tiny differences in technique have important implications on the healing process ( surgeons use different techniques regarding their surgical methods).
Be sure to ask Dr Rodrigo plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
You can contribute towards the healing process and having a good result by taking the postoperative advice very seriously.
Plastic Surgery Abroad - General Surgery Recovery Instructions
Following surgery, you should avoid activities that could delay the healing process, such as smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. We also suggest that you take at least a week away from your daily routine as well as any strenuous activities, allowing yourself time to rest and recuperate.
You should not take any drugs containing aspirin, as they will increase bruising and may even cause internal bleeding. It is important that you drink plenty of fluids and stay on a high fiber diet. You may also find you need a laxative during this time. Your stitches will be removed a few days after surgery. To assist with the healing process and make scars less visible, you may try rubbing Vitamin E cream into the scars twice a day for six weeks.
Many patients become depressed during the transition period following surgery, as their bruises and scars have not yet healed. However, it is important that you stay positive during this time.
Dr Rodrigo will always schedule you for a followup appointment. However, if between surgery and the follow-up you experience any worrying symptoms, it is important for contact us immediately:
Things you should ring about with immediate effect:
- Excessive pain, pain that you not able control by the medication.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Vomiting or unable to take plenty of fluids.
- Excessive oozing from the wound or dressings.
- Fever over 38 degrees.
- Difficulty breathing well.
- Lower leg swelling or pain
- Progressive swelling or redness in the area of surgery.
- Any other worries.
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