Plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular. An increasing number of people dare to say goodbye to their physical deficiencies with the aid of a surgical scalpel. Choosing a qualified and experienced physician is one of the most important factors that determine success. It is very important to understand that your cooperation is essential for the best result and a long lasting effect of the operation. To help you
Typically surgical glands are covered with sterile wound dressings. They reduce the risk of wound infections and improve conditions for healing. If the surgeon does not recommend it, you can leave the original bandages for up to 5 days. It is highly recommended to clean the hands with soap and water before removing the bandage. Do not try to touch the wound with your fingers as you must keep the surgical wound clean and dry. Consult your doctor if any signs of infection occur. In addition, there are factors that complicate healing. These include diabetes, a weakened immune system and, of course, smoking. Smoking leads to decreased blood flow to the wound, formation of blood clots and an increased risk of infections. You should not smoke at least 2 weeks after surgery.
The upper part of the body should be slightly raised on the first postoperative day. This position helps to reduce swelling and prevents seams from being subjected to excessive tension. You can use special pillows or place 3 or 4 standard pillows under your head and back.
Doctors usually prescribe painkillers, antibiotics, sleep tablets and other medicines after a plastic operation. Like all medicines, they affect various organ systems. To prevent damage to your liver, stomach, or other organs, do not drink alcohol while taking the prescribed medication. Some drugs, which are usually prescribed after a plastic operation, can lead to constipation. This can be a serious problem, especially after operations such as tummy tuck, since the abdominal wall remains weak for a while. In this case, use laxatives.
Venous thrombosis prophylaxis
Venous thromboses are possible postoperative risks. They are dangerous because a blood clot forming in a vein can interfere with blood flow and lead to life-threatening diseases such as pulmonary embolism. To avoid this complication, you should get out of bed more often after the first day. Also, you should stimulate your venous blood circulation by moving your legs often. In addition, breathing exercises are recommended to improve pulmonary function.
There are several reasons why alcohol should be avoided after plastic surgery. In addition to the above-mentioned drug interactions, alcohol tends to increase the risk of postoperative bleeding due to the blood thinning effect. In addition, alcohol dries the skin and increases swelling. This effect is most pronounced after rhinoplasty. You should avoid alcohol consumption for approximately 2 weeks or at least while taking prescription medications.
Return to normal activities
The recovery phase after a cosmetic surgery depends on the type of surgery and varies from person to person. However, you should not shower for 3 days after surgery. It is recommended to shower instead of bathing. In addition, you should avoid exposure to sunlight for up to 3 months after the operation (or use sunscreen with a minimum light protection factor of 15 or higher) because sunlight can lead to burns or increased pigmentation of the scars. Furthermore, active sports should be avoided for about 2 months after surgery.