The first few days of your recovery from plastic surgery are an extremely important time for healing. The best way to achieve optimal healing and recovery is to have realistic expectations and to follow all of the guidelines from Dr. Patterson very closely. Read on to learn what you need to know about recovery during the first 48 hours post-plastic surgery.

What You Can Expect

After your surgery, you can expect a number of side effects. These side effects are the most common in the first few days, but they may linger for a week or more. Normal side effects after surgery include:

  • Bruising: Bruising at and around the surgical site will typically go away within 7-10 days. Avoid taking aspirin, supplements, and other medications that can worsen the bruising and bleeding.
  • Swelling: Swelling at and around the surgical site is completely normal. Swelling is your body’s natural response to the surgery. You can minimize the swelling by elevating the part of the body where the surgery was done. Dr. Patterson may also recommend the use of cool compresses to help lessen swelling.
  • Discomfort or Pain: Discomfort or pain is most pronounced in the first two or three days after plastic surgery. The pain can become severe if not controlled with medication. Keeping “ahead of the pain” is smart in the first 48 hours, so pain medication is usually taken on a scheduled basis. After three or four days, many patients are able to take pain medicine on an as-needed basis. Most patients are able to transition to non-prescription pain medicine after 7-10 days.
  • Constipation: Constipation is normal after surgery, and some pain medications can make constipation worse. You can take a stool softener to alleviate this issue.

How to Optimize Your Recovery Efforts

There are several ways that you can optimize your recovery efforts in the first 48 hours. These include:

  • Avoid activity that increases heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Eat a nutritious diet that’s low in sodium and high in protein.
  • Follow all healing guidelines closely. Dr. Patterson will provide instructions for incision care, drain care, and other recovery care.
  • Take your medication exactly as directed by Dr. Patterson, and finish the full course of medications like antibiotics.
  • Follow all of Dr. Patterson’s post-surgical guidelines closely, and make sure that your caregiver has access to these guidelines as well.

Never Hesitate to Call Patterson Plastic Surgery

Dr. Patterson and the Patterson Plastic Surgery team are here for help and support. The care doesn’t end after the surgical procedure is complete! If you have questions or concerns after your surgery, don’t hesitate to call us. If you have a potentially life-threatening emergency, always call 911 for help right away.

Why Choose Patterson Plastic Surgery for Your Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Nathan Patterson and the Patterson Plastic Surgery team are firmly dedicated to giving patients the support they need. This means explaining surgery in detail, telling patients what type of outcome they can expect, and being there for help after the procedure.

Dr. Patterson is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is known throughout the Gulf Coast region for breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, facelift, neck lift, and many other types of plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about any aspect of plastic surgery, please contact Patterson Plastic Surgery anytime. Request consult below or give us a call and we will be in touch.