How to Heal Faster from Plastic Surgery

Maintain Beautiful Results from Your Cosmetic Surgery

There are so many types of plastic surgery – facial lifts, breast augmentations, arm lifts, liposuctions, tummy tucks, and more. No matter what type of surgery you might be having, you will be making an investment of your time and energy, and we understand that you want to make sure you achieve the best results possible from that procedure. During your recovery process, there are some steps you can take to optimize your results. Some advice for your healing process we recommend include:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

For many cosmetic surgeries, you will need to maintain regular exercise and a healthy diet in order to make the results last as long as possible. This is especially true for procedures like liposuction, in which we are able to permanently remove the fat cells. However, if the patient goes on to gain the weight back after the procedure, the progress will be lost. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise for procedures like tummy tucks and body lifts because it is best to avoid re-stretching the skin. We anticipate that this will be easier than it seems for most patients. Because most patients are so excited with their results, they will be extra motivated to maintain them and to find the workout and diet regime that works for them. If it would benefit you, we can provide specifically tailored advice to help you maintain your results in this way.

  • Take care of your skin to create optimal results, especially in areas of scarring.

One of the best ways to achieve optimal plastic surgery results is to take the best care of your skin. Not only will a diligent skincare routine help your results look as good as possible, but it will also help fade any scarring that may have taken place. We recommend finding the right medical-grade skin care products to improve and maintain cosmetic surgery results. This includes one of the most important steps of a skincare routine, but the one that is often forgotten – sunscreen! We recommend limiting your exposure to the sun and outdoor elements in the weeks following the procedure, and remembering to apply a sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. For certain procedures, we will be able to recommend a customized skincare routine to help patients’ skin look as good as possible.

  • Be mindful of what you consume, particularly before and after the surgery.

When you have your consultation, we will provide specialized tips that can help you get the most out of your surgery and help ensure a smooth process. For example, because nicotine impacts the body’s healing abilities, we recommend avoiding smoking in the weeks preceding and following the procedure. We also recommend avoiding excessive alcohol consumption during this time period. It is important to be as honest as possible with us about your habits. We are not here to judge or to look down upon any of our patients – we are here to create the best results possible, and certain lifestyle alterations can help to achieve this.

  • Take time to relax and allow your body’s natural healing abilities to kick in.

Just as stress can take a toll on many areas of our lives, it can take a toll on the healing process as well. The period after your surgery is a great chance to take a break and allow your body to heal while you prepare for the amazing results. We recommend taking time off work to participate in activities that are relaxing for you personally, and we are happy to talk you through the best options for you. This will typically involve avoiding strenuous exercise for four-six weeks following the procedure and drinking lots of water. Each person’s healing process will look a little different depending on the specific procedure and the individual’s lifestyle and health level.

To learn more about how to heal faster after plastic surgery, call us at (805) 978-8545 or contact us online.

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