Plastic Surgery Recovery During the Summer
Summer is a great time for plastic surgery. It’s a time for breaks and vacations. And by having a cosmetic procedure in the summer, you can start your fall with a new look and a boost of self-confidence.
While summer weather is generally pleasant, the heat and sun can require special precautions when recovering from plastic surgery. Here are a few essential tips to have the best summer recovery.
Take It Easy
Normally, summer is a time of extra activity. But after plastic surgery, you’ll need to take it easy. Your body will need time to rest and heal. Depending on the procedure, that might be a day or two or a week or two of downtime, then a gradual and careful build-up to your normal activities. That doesn’t mean you have to forego all summer fun; it just means you have to choose gentler activities and spend more time indoors. To ensure stunning results, follow your doctor’s instructions as to which activities you should avoid during your recovery and which will help you heal.
Minimize Exposure to the Sun
UV protection and sun safety are always important for healthy skin, but it’s especially vital to stay out of the sun after summer plastic surgery. The sun is most intense during this season, and your skin will be extra sensitive to sunburn and UV injury. While your incisions are healing, sun exposure can darken scars permanently. Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Plan trips outside for early or late in the day when sunlight is weaker. Cover your skin when outside with loose, protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Use plenty of sunscreen.
You may have bandages or compression garments after your plastic surgery — extra layers that can be hot and uncomfortable if you’re in a warm environment. Stay indoors and keep the room temperature cool, both for your comfort and to promote healing.
Your body will need extra moisture for healing, and summer heat can be dehydrating. Before your surgery, stock your refrigerator with water or your favorite non-alcoholic beverages. Drink plenty of water every day as you recover. Make that easy by keeping a water bottle handy and having a glass of water with every meal. Especially up your fluid intake on hotter days.
Stay Out of the Pool (and the Ocean, Lake, or River)
Standing bodies of water — including swimming pools, the ocean, lakes, rivers, and spas —can have bacteria and other pathogens that cause infections. You’ll need to stay out of the pool (and any form of standing water) until your incisions are completely healed. Stick to showers, once your surgeon has cleared them, and plan for beach and pool time next summer when you’ll be looking wonderful.
Take Easy, Short Walks
When the weather is not too hot, and you’re taking precautions to protect your skin from the sun, gentle walks are a great way to stimulate your circulation and promote healing. Consult with your doctor on when it’s safe and healthy to start this type of light exercise. Walk early in the morning or at the end of the day, and stick to flat, even terrain.
Learn More in an Expert Consultation
Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Encino, CA, is one of the most sought-after and extensively trained plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area. As part of your consultation, he can explain what to expect in recovery. Call us at (818) 981-3333 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.