Tips to De-Stress Your Plastic Surgery Recovery
Posted on March 27, 2018
If you are preparing to undergo plastic surgery, don’t forget to plan for your recovery period in advance. Any surgical invasive cosmetic procedure entails some downtime, and planning for it properly can make your recovery as stress-free as possible. In this blog post, Drs. David Rankin and Dev Vibhakar of Aqua Plastic Surgery share their top tips for a successful recovery.
Clear Your Schedule
Most patients need to take one to two weeks off their normal routines, including work. It is wise to take as much time off work as possible so you can focus on getting bed rest and healing. It’s also a good idea to clear out your social calendar, as you will be sore and not have enough energy to socialize. Surgery is a serious undertaking; give yourself enough time to recuperate both physically and mentally.
Enlist a Caretaker
Running errands, chores and other household duties will be off limits during your initial recovery. We recommend you ask a friend or family member to help you with everyday tasks so you can rest easier. Enlisting the help of a loved one is especially a good idea if you have children that need to be taken to and picked up from school, or small children and babies at home.
Prepare Your Recovery Zone
You won’t have energy to make your bed or change the sheets after surgery, so it is best to prepare your recovery zone before surgery. Prepare your bed or couch with plenty of fresh pillows, blankets and bed sheets. Have everything you anticipate needing (medication, hair ties, TV remote, etc.) close at hand.
It is also a good idea to shop for recovery essentials before your procedure. Stock up on light, easy-to-prepare foods and meals. Make sure to have ice packs or frozen vegetables on hand to manage swelling. Buy magazines, DVDs or other entertainment essentials to keep you entertained. Fill your post-op prescriptions so your medication is ready to take when you get home from surgery.
To get more tips on recovering from plastic surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Rankin or Dr. Vibhakar. Contact Aqua Plastic Surgery by calling our Jupiter office at (561) 776-2830, or our Ft. Lauderdale office at (954) 564-3832.