Although plastic surgery can be a highly effective way to reach your cosmetic goals for your face and body, it’s only going to have optimal effectiveness if you do everything you can for a smooth recovery. By following all of the post-operative instructions from Dr. Patterson at Patterson Plastic Surgery, you’ll have the best chance of avoiding complications and side effects. Here are the key things that you can do to reduce chances of side effects following your plastic surgery.

Know the Risks: Common Plastic Surgery Complications

Plastic surgery is a major surgical procedure, just like medically necessary surgeries are. This means that plastic surgery has the same complication risks that any other surgical procedure does. These risks can include:

  • Slow healing
  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • Scarring
  • Reopening of surgical incisions
  • High pain level
  • Implant rupture or leakage (in breast augmentation)

While these complications can be very serious, they’re often avoidable if you follow Dr. Patterson’s post-operative instructions closely.

Reducing Side Effects: It Starts Even Before the Surgery

One of the best ways to reduce side effects post surgery is to prepare for the surgery in the right way. Be sure to adhere to all of the preoperative recommendations provided by Patterson Plastic Surgery to reduce your side effects after the procedure. These guidelines include:

  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption
  • Ceasing tobacco use
  • Getting regular exercise: The stronger your body is, the easier your recovery can be. For example, patients with strong core muscles may find it much easier to recover from a tummy tuck or other surgery.
  • Making recommended medication changes: Dr. Patterson may recommend that you discontinue certain medications prior to surgery, as medications like NSAIDs and herbal supplements can increase the chances of excessive bleeding.

Following Your Post-Op Instructions

Dr. Patterson will provide you with a list of specific post op instructions. Share this list with your caregiver (the friend or family member who will be staying with you for the first few days after surgery.) The more closely that you adhere to these instructions, the more problem free your recovery can be. Some of the post-op instructions to be aware of include, but are not limited to:

Plenty of Rest: This is especially vital in the first few days after surgery. Get the recommended amount of rest, even if you’re feeling a bit bored. This is a critical time for healing and you need to allow your body time to recover. Be sure to follow Dr. Patterson’s guidelines regarding position while resting. For most types of cosmetic surgery, you’ll need to rest in a partially reclining position for optimal healing.

Food and Water: Stay well hydrated after surgery. Keep bottles of water within immediate reach, and sip on your water throughout the day. You may not be hungry after surgery, and that’s normal. However, it’s important to eat something — even just a few crackers — when you’re taking pain medication. Focus on high protein and low sodium foods during your recovery.

Movement and Exercise: After surgery, you need to move around on a regular basis to help avoid blood clots. While lifting and bending isn’t allowed, it’s usually fine for you to start walking around the home during your early recovery. A small amount of movement improves circulation and helps healing. However, strenuous exercise must wait for at least several weeks based on Dr. Patterson’s recommendations.

Avoid Bad Habits: The bad habits that you gave up before surgery — namely, smoking and drinking — aren’t good for you after surgery, either. Both smoking and drinking can slow down the healing process, so they’re best avoided until you’re healed and feeling like yourself again.

Why Choose Patterson Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Nathan Patterson is the Gulf Coast’s breast augmentation specialist, and he’s also highly skilled and experienced in the areas of face lift, neck lift, tummy tuck, brow lift, lower body lift, and other procedures. Dr. Patterson also offers treatments including Botox®, Juvederm®, Kybella™, UltraShape V3®, micro needling, dermabrasion, peels, and facials at The Skin Clinic at Patterson Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Patterson is an experienced surgeon who you can trust. He will work closely with you to help you know what to expect so you can achieve the results you want. Ready to make a change? Request a consult or call us at the office today.