What to Expect After a Facial Plastic Surgery Procedure
If you’ve had any kind of plastic surgery procedure before then you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say it’s important to prepare for the recovery as well as the actual procedure.
We don’t mean in terms of pain relief and sanitary dressings, as your clinic or surgery will be in charge of that, but for the emotional side of your body having changed, even if it’s something you’ve been dreaming of for years.
Plastic surgery is a positive development in modern medicine – we’ve no doubts about that. It can help ease the symptoms of certain conditions, provide reconstruction for those who have been disfigured or suffered trauma, and it can dramatically improve a person’s self confidence. Still, the fact that your body has changed needs to be dealt with properly.
The first stage of this should start with good support. If you are going through facial plastic surgery alone then we recommend you meet with your surgeon and/or physician at least twice to build up a relationship and understanding with them. If you have friends or family to help you then you need to be able to rely on them at all times, and at the very least be able to reach them via telephone during day or night.
Secondly, if your surgery or clinic has access to a plastic surgery 3D imaging machine (as our surgery in Beverly Hills does) then you should take full advantage of the service it offers. Being able to see how your face will look after surgery is a huge bonus and will prepare you for what could previously only be imagined. Apart from these things, recovery should mostly follow common sense. Your body has undergone (planned and controlled) trauma, but trauma nonetheless and it needs to re-cooperate from this. It does so mostly during sleep, so a doctor’s advice to get ‘lots of rest’ is not just empty words. You should be getting around 8 hours per night, and a one hour nap between 12 noon and 2 pm is also recommended. Drinking alcohol or taking any kind of drug besides your painkillers and prescribed medications is not recommended. Exercise is not generally a good thing for those recovering from plastic surgery in the first week, but from then on it is usually okay as long as all movements of the face are made slowly and gently.
As we said before, recovery from facial plastic surgery is generally put down to common sense, but it doesn’t hurt to talk to friend who have had surgery before, and to have their support and company while you recover. If you feel you’re struggling to cope with your new face then we recommend you visit your doctor, physician or surgeon to discuss your worries.