9 Things You Need at Home to Make Plastic Surgery Recovery Comfortable
Surgery means downtime. We know what you’re thinking- who has time for that? With a little prep, you may be surprised to find that your recovery is an enjoyable experience. It’s no beach day, but it can be relaxing and refreshing. And when you look in the mirror, you’ll know that the experience was worth it.
Whether you are planning for a facelift, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or reduction, or another procedure, Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Encino, CA suggests that you have the following nine things at home for a comfortable recovery.
1. Filled Prescriptions and Other Medical Supplies
Your doctor may prescribe pain-relief or other medications for the days immediately after your surgery. Get these filled ahead of time to avoid a last-minute rush or an uncomfortable stop on the way home from your procedure. While you’re grabbing prescriptions, shop for any medical supplies the doctor may recommend, such as ice packs. You’ll want to relax and pamper yourself after your plastic surgery, not spend hours running errands.
2. Comfortable Clothes
Loungewear will quickly become your post-surgery uniform. You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes in the days after your plastic surgery, loose-fitting garments that will help you rest and that won’t rub against your incisions.
3. Easy-to-Prepare Meals
Your body needs healthy nutrition as it heals. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be up to cooking. Make the effort ahead of time to prepare some healthy and satisfying meals are easy to heat up and serve. Don’t like to cook? Stock up on healthy frozen meals that just need to be put in the oven or microwave.
Plan to simplify clean-up, too. The days after plastic surgery are a good time to use disposable plates and plastic utensils.
Ask friends and family to help out during your recovery from plastic surgery so that you can rest and allow your body to heal. Recovery is a time to be selfish and put your needs first, not a time for worrying about others or wearing yourself out. Think about your daily tasks and make a list of those that will be hard to do after your procedure. It might be walking the dog, doing the laundry, preparing meals, or picking the kids up from school. Then make a schedule and ask for volunteers to help you for a few days.
If you’d rather that friends and family not see you during your recovery, plan on hiring help or paying for convenience services. This hired-help might include a dog walker, home-delivered meals, or a caregiver to attend to your needs.
5. Movies, Reading Material, and Other Quiet Entertainment
Stock up on calming entertainment as you prepare for your procedure — movies to watch as you lie in bed or sit in a comfortable chair, books to read, crossword puzzles, knitting, or other activities to keep your mind occupied.
Healthy hydration is important for healing after plastic surgery. You may want to buy a water bottle to keep close at hand as a reminder. Water intake helps replenish fluids lost during surgery and restores energy.
7. Hand Sanitizer and Anti-Bacterial Soap
As with any surgery, plastic surgery involves incisions, which need to be kept clean and sterile as the skin heals. You’ll want to keep your hands spiffy clean using hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap to prevent infection, especially when you need to touch the wound or change dressings.
8. Sunblock and Sun-Protecting Clothing
You’ll need to minimize exposure to sunlight after your plastic surgery, as UV rays can damage your skin and discolor scar tissue. It’s best to stay indoors, but if you do go out, plan to wear sunblock and appropriate clothing to shade your skin.
They say that patience is a virtue and during plastic surgery recovery, this familiar phrase certainly rings true. Plan to be patient during your recovery. Healing takes time. You may have swelling and visible scars before the positive results of the procedure begin to become apparent. Your body needs rest as it recovers. If you try to rush back to your normal activities, you risk over-exerting yourself and slowing the healing process or increasing the risk of complications.
Follow the advice of your doctor, get help with daily tasks, and take good care of yourself. You’ll be back on your feet soon, and ready to step out with confidence as a new you.