Post-op maintenance: Staying healthy following your procedure

Post-op maintenance: Staying healthy following your procedure
Post-op maintenance: Staying healthy following your procedure

Just because your operation is over doesn't mean that it's time to stop caring for your body. Monitoring how you treat yourself in the weeks immediately following your procedure is essential to ensuring your results and overall health remain positive.

Before your procedure, be sure to conduct plenty of research regarding the operation and its recovery recommendations. Your plastic surgeon and his/her staff should provide you with detailed instructions on what to expect as you proceed through your recovery. Aside from maintaining a healthy diet, be sure to keep the following in mind when recovering from your surgery:

Understand the risks prior to your procedure
As with any operation, there are risks involved. Whether you're receiving an injectable or going under the knife, there are several things to consider before your procedure. First, patients should only visit board-certified surgeons that they have spoken to beforehand. Choosing the right doctor - one that has experience conducting the procedure and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery - is essential to the success of your results. 

Additionally, patients should conduct research prior to their procedure to understand the risks associated with it. For example, NewsmaxHealth recently reported that people who undergo injectable procedures are at a slight risk for contracting bacterial infections that may lead to lumps. While researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that only a small number of patients reported this type of reaction, avoiding bacteria all together can be difficult. However, one researcher told the source that avoiding makeup on the skin before the procedure could limit risks.

Heed advice from your surgeon
There are several best practices that patients should follow after their procedure, but they are dependent upon the type of surgery the person chooses. While patients can typically return to their daily routines one or two days after an injectable, more invasive surgeries may require several weeks of recovery. 

Smart Beauty Guide features a toolkit that explains the proper aftercare patients should follow. Patients should review this information in order to prepare for their recovery. For example, the source reminds people that within the first 48 hours after an operation, patients can expect bruising, swelling and mild discomfort. However, behaviors are relative to the person undergoing the procedure, meaning that different bodies react in a variety of ways. While patients may expect slight side effects in the few days following their operation, they should stay in communication with their surgeon to ensure that symptoms are not cause for concern.