Most patients having plastic surgery will say that recovery is the part they are looking forward to the least. While it would be very convenient if patients could simply fast forward to their final results, the truth is that the recovery period is one of the most important parts of the plastic surgery journey. Failure to follow post-op instructions correctly could negatively impact your results and your overall health.
According to one of the newest additions to the Mia Aesthetics team, the board-certified Dr. David Gray, the recovery period can go by more quickly and seamlessly if patients follow their physician’s instructions. Below are Dr. Gray’s top tips for recovery after surgery:
1. Follow your Post-op Instructions
We cannot stress this important step enough. Prior to and after your surgery, you will be given a thorough list of instructions to follow. These include what you can eat and drink, medications to avoid, how to clean wounds, and more. By reading these instructions, listening to your physician and adequately preparing, you will be setting yourself up for the smoothest recovery possible.
2. Don’t Vacuum
That’s right – many patients make the mistake of going into cleaning mode after surgery before they’re ready. Using a vacuum cleaner can be incredibly stressful on the back and midsection. It is best to avoid any strenuous activity like this for a few weeks in order to let your body recover properly. The cleaning can wait!
3. Wear your Compression Garments
The last key step to a successful recovery is wearing your compression garments exactly as directed. After the surgery, your plastic surgeon will put you in a special compression garment to treat the areas where liposuction was performed. The compression garment will help maintain the shape and contour created via during procedure and allows your skin tissue to heal properly. The patient should wear the garment for at least eight weeks to ensure proper healing. The garment also helps to minimize swelling, decrease discomfort and help the skin retract. Failure to wear your garment can result in unsightly rippling, and turn great results into just good results.