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Tips for a faster recovery after cosmetic surgery

Posted on 03 May 2020

Algunos tips para una recuperación más rápida después de una cirugía estética


It is necessary to keep in mind that we need time to heal and that it is different for each of us. Bruises and inflammation can last several weeks after any cosmetic surgery, for this reason patience is one of our best allies.


Tip # 1 Early Mobilization:

Take short, slow walks, as well as light stretching during the day, thus helping to promote healthy circulation, which means that the operated area receives more oxygenation. Avoid absolute bed rest.


You should not take absolute rest, walking around the house will help to relief some of the swelling. It is recommended to walk with a slight bend for a period of 7 to 15 days, depending on each person.
In case of walking without pain, you should do it several times a day, slow, with comfortable clothes. When sitting down, you should opt for a chair, avoiding the benches or fully lying down.
The patient should sleep in a semi-seated position to avoid pressure in the incisions.



Tip # 2 Food:

The most advisable is a protein rich diet, fiber and foods rich in vitamins A and C. It is necessary to keep our body hydrate. The recommendation is 8 glasses of water a day.


Eating a healthy diet and drinking water is good for anyone, but after surgery it will be vitally important for an early recovery.
Keep in mind and include them in your diet: 
It helps prevent anemia, and decrease tiredness. 
It promotes fat burning and also helps faster healing. 
Vitamin C
This nutrient well known for its influence on the immune system  also facilitates blood circulation and preventing clots from forming. 
Complex B
It is super useful because decreases the sensation of pain. Prevents anxiety and in conjunction with zinc, it’s responsible for repairing tissues.



Tip # 3 Avoid Sunlight:

It is recommended to stay away from the sun. Exposing the incisions and bruises directly could cause more inflammation, blemishes and poor healing. The use of sunscreen is a must.


To prevent the appearance of marks and achieve a correct healing it is necessary to avoid direct sun light in the operated areas. The direct sun and the heat produced by the exposure must be avoided.
Avoid solar heat during the first month or while the tissue is under edema, as the action of the sun leads to an increase in temperature.
To prevent increased swelling you should avoid the sun in the areas operated during the first month or while the swelling persists.
Bruises can appear after any cosmetic surgery, it is best to prevent the sun's rays from reaching directly on the skin to avoid permanent marks.
Scars can also be pigmented with the action of the sun therefore we must prevent the sun from directly affecting them, in addition to excessive heat because it impairs healing by increased sweating.
It is recommended that during the first year we do not sunbathe directly on the scars.



Tip # 4 Personal hygiene:

Wounds generated after surgery require special care and cleaning, this must be explained by your doctor so you must carry out his recommendations. A wound can be infected by different causes. The most important thing is to be aware of changes that you perceive as in the color of the wound or its surroundings (redness), in the temperature (local heat or body fever), odor or leakage of liquids.


We must keep in mind that after any surgical intervention our personal hygiene must be greater.
Wash our hands with soap and water or use isopropyl alcohol regularly.
As for the towel bath or shower bath, it is normal to do them after 24 or 48 hours as directed by your doctor, there are times when it will take longer if the surgeon inserts drainage tubes.
Ideally, take sponge baths, delicately grooming and avoiding contact with open wounds, stitches and incisions. It is preferable to use a plastic chair in the first baths, this way you will feel safer when sitting.
If you can, enlist the help of a family member to make sure you don’t do no unnecessary effort.
For baths in the bathtub, pool or beach, you will have to wait until your doctor confirms it, because the extreme heat, the contact and pressure of so much water, can harm our recovery.



Tip # 5 Post-operative garments:

The use of the appropriate garment after cosmetic surgery is very important.

Considerably improves the tissue recovery process, stimulating blood circulation and skin irrigation, which is why the healing process is noticeably accelerated.

There are a large variety of garments for the abdomen, back, arms, thighs, hips, postoperative bras, among others.

We must not confuse the girdles of daily use with a post-operative girdle because they are not the same.

There are differences in materials, clothing and design. Expert advice is important when choosing our girdle.



Finally, it is necessary to avoid certain habits such as smoking or exposure to smoke, and alcohol because it suppresses and hinders the healing of your system.



Always remember to consult your specialist and follow his instructions.


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