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Taking Care of Yourself after Surgery

Taking Care of Yourself after SurgeryRecovering after surgery can be an obstacle. Most doctors prepare you with a list of things to do and not do after you’ve gotten out of the operating room, but there are a couple of things that are just common sense when it comes to speeding up the healing process. This is especially true for those who have had plastic or cosmetic surgery.


Just a little skin care can go a long way when it comes to caring for yourself after having surgery. The end result always looks better when your entire body is healthy and in good form, so don’t allow laziness or neglect to cause your skin to take a turn for the worst. There are a number of specialty products designed just for those who are recovering from surgery that you may want to check out for yourself.


Whether you’ve had rhinoplasty, breast implants, a facelift or other tummy tuck, you’re bound to be dealing with bruising, swelling, discoloration, and a whole lot of discomfort. In addition to following the doctor’s instructions and using pain relievers and prescribed medication, there are a number of other factors to keep in mind that you should not only know before having surgery, but be prepared for.


Most post care steps involve staying out of extremely cold temperatures and avoiding direct sunlight. This means staying indoors and practicing sun care. Avoiding heavy lifting, bending and straining are also important to remember when dealing with the healing process. But that doesn’t mean you should be a couch potato or remain in bed all day. Get up and walk around. Take a break during the day and take a catnap if it helps. If you’re dealing with uncomfortable swelling, sleep in an elevated position. There are special elevation devices available that are designed for such situations and work better than your regular pillow.


For bruising and other types of skin discoloration after surgery, special makeup can be purchased so you don’t have to be embarrassed when going outside. Because of the skin’s sensitivity, choose makeup products that contain SPF 20 or more. There are special makeup lines that specialize in concealing scars and bruises. To cover up scars, cocoa butter and silicone gels work perfectly for fading such marks on the skin. Ice packs and ice masks are ideal for those who suffer from swelling around the eyes or the body, which is common with rhinoplasty and breast augmentation. These products help cool and calm the area while minimizing bruising and relieving tired, aching muscles.


To help speed up recovery after breast enhancement or reduction, special breast surgery bras are available for purchase online or at specialty stores. These bras come without under wires, are soft and clasp at the front. Some come with silicone gel sheets that help with scarring.


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