The art of caring for you during your postoperative period. The process of a lasting physical and emotional transformation.
Nowadays, many plastic surgery procedures are less invasive. However, plastic surgery is still a surgery, and even relatively simple procedures require recovery and healing, subsequent rest has a very high incidence on the final results of an operation.
1. Follow your Doctor’s Instructions
It is very important to follow all the postoperative instructions of your plastic surgeon, each person is unique and no one else will be able to give you the respective indications for your particular case. Curart Team and medical staff will accompany you throughout the process and will provide you with all the necessary support to follow the indicated postoperative instructions to the letter.
2. Prepare your Support Team
It is important that you have a companion before, during and after your medical procedure. Your departure from the clinic will be authorized by the surgical room staff when you are in optimal conditions and your companion will be informed of your recovery status, he will be responsible for your transfer and aftercare.
Make sure you have a support team that can look after you and help you to cook, clean, and do other tasks, as you may be limited in the amount of activity allowed during your recovery period.
In case of making your medical trip without the company of your family member or friend, we recommend you to stay in our patient’s house, where you will enjoy the company and care of professional nurses 24 hours, complete meal plans and transportation service to all your postoperative check-up appointments. A place where our patients feel at home.
You will probably feel discouraged for at least a week after your plastic surgery. The first 2-3 days after surgery will be the hardest, as you may experience uncomfortable pain. It is better that during this time you have someone to take care of you permanently.
3. Get Ready to Take Days Off and Disconnect
You will probably have to take time off from work 2-3 weeks after your procedure. This means that you may need to plan your cosmetic surgery in Colombia around available days off or vacations. Although the day of your surgery, rest must be absolute, it is recommended during the first 24 hours to walk with the help of your companion for 5 minutes, every 3 hours. Jerky movements and efforts are definitely out of the list.
Rest is essential as it is associated with a faster recovery by the body.
4. Relax and keep your mind busy
When you are recovering from your plastic surgery, it is important to have mental rest, generate positive thoughts, and maintain a positive, happy and expectant attitude, this makes the levels of neotransmitters work in your favor.
Let the healing process take place in its due time and keep your mind busy to calm worries or anxieties. Reading books, downloading some to your Kindle, finding new shows to watch on Netflix or Hulu, are some of the recommended activities.
This time can be seen as a great opportunity to relax and take it easy. You will have many people waiting for you and the evolution of the state of your health permanently.
5. Maintain a Healthy Diet- Start a Meal Plan
A nutritious and high-calorie diet helps speed your recovery and helps protect against postoperative infections.
Due to your limited activity, it is important that you prepare ahead of time and visit the supermarket before your surgery. Even have someone who can help you with the preparation of meals during the first days.
Initially, specialists suggest drinking clear liquids (low-fat broths) and sweet juices, if you do not have nausea. Solid foods should not be taken until liquids have been tolerated. Avoid dairy, citrus, and chili for the first 10 days.
It is ideal to include fruits, vegetables, proteins and foods rich in iron (seafood, spinach, broccoli, liver meat, turkey), even avoid heavy meals that can cause indigestion or gas (legumes), also the consumption of tobacco or alcohol.
Finally, adequate hydration is essential for post- plastic surgery care. Drinking plenty of water helps replace fluids lost during your surgery. Tip: Celery water is great to help reduce inflammation!
6. Avoid Exercise or Overexertion
Until cleared by your doctor avoid overexerting yourself, or intense exercise. Recovery from various plastic surgery procedures includes healing of sutures and incisions; excessive exercise can damage wounds that are still healing.
7. Personal Hygiene
Generally, the day after your plastic surgery you can take a normal bath, taking care not to wet bandages or dressings, these must be covered and the soap used must be antiseptic. Bandages cannot be removed personally; this is done by personnel trained in medical controls.
8. Complementary medical services
If you have undergone a plastic body shaping surgery such as liposuction, abdominoplasty, tummy tuck, liposculpture or mammoplasty, even a facial plastic surgery such as a face lift, rhinoplasty, or several procedures at the same time, you should complement your results with the performance of massages postsurgical to facilitate the evacuation of lymphatic fluid and, therefore, avoid edema or swelling, and possible fibrosis or permanent hardening.
Complementary medical services such as postoperative pain management, which consists of an infusion pump that eliminates pain after your surgery by up to 90%, are recommended during the first 3 days after your surgery.
Even the hyperbaric chamber service, which makes an extra supply of medicinal oxygen to your body, thereby helping to regenerate scars and areas of the body affected by circulatory disorders, burns and post-surgery, among others.
9. Avoid excessive sun exposure
We recommend that you completely minimize your exposure to the sun, doing so can affect the de-inflammation process or affect the scar tissue.
Possibly, according to your surgery, you will use our postoperative garments (first quality compression girdles) that reduce inflammation and accelerate your recovery process.
It is very important to avoid excessive heat so as not to sweat in it and to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
10. Don’t be discouraged by the aftermath of surgery
After surgery, you will likely notice some minimal swelling, bruising, and scarring (depending on the surgery). Don’t let this put you off. If you follow the postoperative instructions of your plastic surgeon, you will begin to dissipate these and see the full results of your plastic surgery procedure in no time.
Be patient and trust your plastic surgeon and his support network to help you and accompany you in the best way throughout the process. You’ll be back on your feet in no time, contemplating a new version of yourself potentially with greater confidence and vitality.
It is important to note that everyone’s recovery process will be different and recovery times may vary depending on the type of surgery you are going to perform. Be patient, and let others help you recover!
To obtain detailed information, you can visit our specialties sections, there you will find specific information according to each of the aesthetic procedures with a description, services that we can include within your surgery, recovery process and medical trip in general with recommendations and expected results, among others.
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