Preparing for Recovery After Plastic Surgery
By The Landings Surgical Centre on December 03, 2018
Undergoing plastic surgery can rejuvenate your appearance and make you feel much more comfortable and confident about yourself. Body contouring and sculpting surgery can enhance your figure, and facial plastic surgery can eliminate problematic lines and wrinkles. Of course, the best results come when a patient heals properly. That’s why Dr. Richard Bendor-Samuel and Dr. Louis Boileau provide ample tips on the healing process.
The team at our Halifax, NS plastic surgery centre would like to go over some basic tips on how to prepare for your surgical recovery process. We can share more information about the post-op period with your during a consultation at the Landings Surgical Centre.
Fill All Prescriptions
If your surgeon prescribes you pain medication for recovery, be sure to pick that up in the days before your surgery. Filling that prescription and any other prescriptions ahead of time means less stress if you run out of medication and fewer errands to run as you are healing.
Buy Groceries and Meals
Having food and beverages handy as you recover from surgery makes the process go by smoother. Be sure to stock up on groceries ahead of your plastic surgery, picking up healthy meals that are easy to eat and do not require a lot of preparation. In addition to food and beverages, pick up medical supplies and personal items as needed, such as additional surgical dressings, ointments, and hygiene products.
Do Your Laundry
Clean sheets and clean clothes are helpful for a comfortable recovery. Rather than waiting to do laundry until the last minute, make sure you have clean linens, towels, and clothing ready before the day of your surgery.
Set Aside Some Entertainment
You’ll have some time off from work as you heal from surgery, so consider this a good opportunity to catch up on books, shows, albums, and other media you’ve missed. Make the most of this time away from work, but always remember that rest is the most important thing.
Finish Work Ahead of Time
If you have any projects that are due prior to the surgery, be sure to get them done before going under the knife. You may not be that productive after the procedure is performed, so make sure to plan ahead so there’s less to worry about while healing.
Find Someone to Help with Transportation
Anyone undergoing a plastic surgery procedure will need help getting to and from the surgical suite. Make sure you have someone with you on the day of surgery to make sure you can return home okay to recuperate.
Pick a Loved One to Help Monitor Early Healing
In addition to helping you get home, it’s a good idea to have someone with you to help with the first days of surgical recovery. This person can help with meal preparation, and can be a point of contact with your surgeon if any concerns arise. Even if this person is just a source of emotional support, their presence will be welcome.
Consider Your Childcare Options
If you’re a parent, you may want to speak about having your child stay with friends or relatives during recovery if it may disrupt your ability to heal. For mothers of babies, make sure you have enough milk, formula, or food ready for your child prior to your day of surgery.
Learn More About Plastic Surgery Recovery
For more information about recovering from plastic surgery and improving overall healing time and experiences, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and plastic surgeon. We at the Landings Surgical Centre are here to help. You can reach our office by phone at (866) 928-0023.
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