Monday, October 20, 2014

When is the best time for plastic surgery and what are ways to make it easier?

The best time for any plastic surgery is during the fall and winter months.  This is due to the down time for recovery. Having to stay indoors during the spring and summer months makes recovery more difficult to endure, especially when you know everyone else is out enjoying the warm weather. Also, if you get surgery during the fall or winter it is much easier to conceal swelling and bruising with clothing.

Surgery can be unpleasant during any season.  The pain and downtime can be trying and no fun at all. So what do you do after the surgery is over?  How do you make it easier and turn it into a positive experience?  Getting home after the surgery can leave you wanting to crawl into bed and sleep the pain away.  Here are some ideas and steps to make the recovery time easier and a much more pleasant experience.  1) Plan your healing process in advance.  Make sure you get plenty of rest and eat right even months before your procedure. This will help with a faster healing time.  2) Follow your doctor’s orders with stopping any medications or supplements before surgery.  3) During your pre-op visit make sure you have all your questions answered about the procedure and the healing time.  4) Plan your schedule ahead of time allowing yourself the appropriate amount of time to heal without having a full schedule.  5) Prepare to have someone help you the first 24-48 hours after surgery.  6) Always follow your doctor’s guidelines on when and how long to apply ice after the surgery to help with pain and swelling.  7) Drink plenty of fluids and eat a well-balanced diet to assist and help with the recovery after surgery.  8) Communicate with friends, family, and your doctor about any concerns or feelings you might be having after surgery.

Also, remember that the healing process takes time.  Don’t over exert yourself too quickly.  Have some personal time by reading a book, or catching up on a series on Netflix. Remember why you wanted the procedure done in the first place and know that the pain won’t last forever. The procedure and time for recovery is for you and your healing shouldn't be rushed or disturbed.

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