What Are the 3 Biggest Post-Surgery Recovery Tips?

When you decide to have cosmetic surgery, you want to get the best results possible, and you want to get back to your everyday life without setbacks or delays. Choosing a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Encino, CA, is the best way to ensure excellent results and a quicker recovery.

In pursuing this goal, here are the three biggest post-surgery recovery tips to make sure you look great after your cosmetic surgery so that you can be out and about to show off your results in next to no time.

1. Ask for Help

Most of us are reluctant to ask for help in life, but recovery from surgery is one of the times when you can really benefit from a helping hand.

You’ll need a ride home after surgery; that’s a requirement if you have anesthesia. But beyond that, you could line up some help with your daily tasks for at least the first week and occasional help after that. With many cosmetic procedures, you won’t be able to lift anything too heavy for the first few days. That means no dealing with pots and pans, no grocery shopping, no taking out the trash, and no lifting young children. You may not be able to drive at first, either.   It will be important to ask Dr. Bresnick or his staff about milestones in your healing process.  For example, when you can drive, lift, or work-out.

So It would be great to reach out to your network of friends and family to line up and help you with your schedule. With appropriate help, you’ll be able to get the rest you need in the first few days. You’ll be able to bathe safely and keep your dressings changed and clean, eat the healthy meals that are key to your recovery, and slowly build up your level of activity without pushing yourself too hard or too fast.

2. Get Moving Again, Slowly and Carefully

Your body will indeed need extra rest at first, in the initial stage of healing. But it’s also true that you need to get your body up and moving to promote blood circulation and digestion and gently stimulate the tissue in the area of your surgery. This careful balance of rest and gradually increasing activity is key to healthy recovery and beautiful results. It can also help reduce post-surgical pain.

Dr. Bresnick and his team will help you decide on the type of activity to focus on at each stage of your recovery and for how long. You might be surprised that those recommendations might include short walks in the house starting on your first day of recovery. You also will need to pay attention to the limits on how much you can do, day by day and week by week. Resuming heavy lifting or strenuous exercise too soon can set back your recovery.

3. Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

It’s critical for a fast, healthy, and successful recovery that you follow your doctor’s post-operative instructions. That will include a healthy balance between rest and activity at each stage of your recovery, detailed instruction on wound and dressing care to minimize the risk of infection, and guidance on pain management. It might also include elevating the treated area, using ice as instructed, wearing compression bandages to control swelling.

While it may seem obvious, many patients may be tempted to look for information on the internet, such as unproven and potentially harmful treatments. Some may push ahead at their own pace despite their doctor’s advice to take it easy and take gradual steps. Others may take over-the-counter medications or herbal treatments that can trigger bleeding or interact in dangerous ways with prescribed medications.

Keep in contact with your doctor if you notice unexpected symptoms. Be sure to attend all follow-up appointments so your doctor can see how your recovery is progressing.

Learn More About Cosmetic Surgery in Los Angeles

Specializing in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body, and face, Dr. Stephen Bresnick in Encino, CA, is one of the most sought-after and extensively trained plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area. He is known for his compassionate approach and superior artistry. Call us at (818) 981-3333 or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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