Plastic surgery is a serious decision, and many people may think after their procedure is over, that’s it. A major part of the surgical experience is the recovery period. Having a safe and easy recovery is a crucial part of achieving the results you want and for preventing risks and complications. While it may seem simple, many people tend to ignore the care instructions given by their doctor. It is important that patients are involved with their surgery process before, during, and after their procedure. Whether undergoing breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or liposuction, patients should be aware that all surgeries are different, and there are many factors that can affect their recovery and surgical healing process.
1. Age and Genetics
There are some factors we don’t have control over, like our age and genetics. We can’t stop the years from passing by or change our biology; a person’s age and how their body functions is not something they can help. However, knowing this may contribute to the seriousness of a patient following the doctor’s instructions and properly caring for themselves during their recovery. There are many ways to improve your recovery after surgery. Dr. Taranow will go over everything you need to know to ensure you have a safe and efficient post-surgical experience.
2. Care of Surgical Wounds
Caring for your surgical wounds is crucial in preventing infections, aiding in their healing, and ensuring the best results. Patients should keep their incisions clean and covered, and they should avoid touching them. It is also imperative that they keep track of any changes in the color and appearance of their incisions. If incisions start to look red or pink or have any drainage, the patient should contact their doctor to make sure it is not infected. A patient’s overall health will also impact the healing of wounds. Patients should follow a nutritious diet and avoid unhealthy habits, such as smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol.
3. Sun Exposure
Most people enjoy a little sunshine in their life, but patients should try to avoid the sun as much as possible while they are recovering. Overexposure to the sun can affect the overall healing of surgical wounds and induce scarring. Until incisions have healed entirely, patients should stay out of the sun. If they are going to be outside during the day, they should remain in the shade, wear a hat, and wear clothing that covers the surgical area(s). After the recovery period is over and surgical wounds are healed, patients should protect scars by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
4. Location of the Scar
The location of your incision will also affect how it heals and its visibility. Thanks to the latest plastic surgery technologies, surgeons can make smaller incisions and put them in strategically placed locations. Facelift surgery is one procedure where the surgeon can place incisions along the hairline to make the scars less noticeable. Patients should follow the necessary instructions to create a positive healing experience.
If you are interested in plastic surgery, Dr. Taranow can help you achieve beautiful results. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has refined his skills and experience in many different surgical procedures. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (212) 772-2100 or by filling out our online contact form.