Each plastic surgery procedure is different, which means recovery time differs, too. Some procedures need a longer recovery time than others and you may have to follow certain procedures during your recovery, depending on your surgery.
How Do I Recover?
Each procedure requires specific post-operative care and I’ll provide you with all the information pertinent to your procedure/s during your consultations. However, there are some general tips you can follow that can help you get through the early post-op days as comfortably as possible, such as:
- Don’t expect to look fantastic right away; anticipating some bruising and swelling can mentally prepare you for the initial few days after your procedure.
- Using ice packs and compressors can alleviate a lot of the swelling and discomfort.
- Don’t use any pain medication that is not prescribed by Dr Nerina Wilkinson, if you do feel the need to take anti-inflammatories you must clear this with your doctor first.
- Recovery to the face and neck area can be greatly assisted by keeping your head elevated for 2 or 3 days after surgery. Not carrying this out could prolong the recovery process and you may even experience an adverse effect on the results.
- Ensure that you are aware of how soon you may bath, shower, wash your hair, etc.
- Don’t return to work or take on heavy tasks sooner than when Dr Nerina Wilkinson advises you it’s safe to do so; practice patience and make the most of legitimate time off.
- Check with your doctor when you will be able to drive again; this will also be dependent on the pain medication you’re taking.
- Don’t start exercising too soon, even if you feel able to. The possible injury or damage to the surgery site is not worth a few extra days off the treadmill.
- It’s very tempting to want to laze by the pool and get a golden tan to go with your newly enhanced face or body. However, exposure to the sun after surgery can be very detrimental, so please stay in the shade and use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15.
- There are many alternative therapies that can enhance the recovery process while also increasing your emotional wellbeing. Some doctors will recommend practitioners, but you should always check with Dr Nerina Wilkinson first and only make use of registered practitioners.