Plastic surgery is a major decision, and it frequently comes with a lot of recovery time. You’re swollen, bruised, and definitely exhausted. That’s why it’s crucial that you give yourself the proper amount of rest and personal care so you can get the best possible results. Your surgeon’s done their hard work. Now it’s your turn to follow through on your responsibilities in order to maintain your results and be proud of your brand new look.

Listen to Your Surgeon

The biggest and most important rule? Listen to your plastic surgeon! No matter what kind of surgery you’ve undergone, or whether or not you are new to undergoing procedures, every situation is unique. Always listen to your doctor. Take your prescribed medications and supplements, wear appropriate clothing, maintain the cleanliness of any incisions or scars, and massage affected areas. It all starts with your doctor’s orders!

Diet and Exercise

Just because you’ve undergone plastic surgery doesn’t mean your results will stay that way forever. During liposuction, fat cells are removed and will no longer accrue in the treated area. This also means that any weight gain will go to parts of your body that did not undergo the liposuction. There are ways to avoid an uneven and awkward weight gain and body shape. The trick is maintaining a healthy diet with lots of water and fruits and vegetables. While you won’t be able to exercise for 4-6 weeks post-surgery, once you’ve recovered it’s important to also keep a steady workout routine.

Take Care of Your Skin

The results of a facelift can last up to 10 years, but the lifespan of your surgical results is decreased through smoking and too much sun exposure. Make sure to always wear sunscreen and steer clear of the damaging effects of cigarettes and alcohol. Scarring is natural and to be expected, but will fade over time. Do not put too much strain on the healing area and be sure to use silicone scar gel to give your skin an extra level of protection.

Stay Up-to-Date with Your Follow-Up Sessions

It’s important to be on top of your post-op appointments to check with your surgeon that everything is healing properly and for any necessary follow-up procedures. Injectable treatments like Botox frequently require more than one session. This is because the effects can wear off after about four months. However, these effects will gradually increase the longer you’ve been undergoing the procedure.

Pay Attention to Your Body

While pain and discomfort are apart of the healing process, it’s important to pay attention to anything that might seem off. Listen to your body. If you’re experiencing pain doesn’t seem normal during your recovery period, let your surgeon know immediately.

Getting the most out of your plastic surgery is a symbiosis between yourself, your surgeon, and your body. Just because the surgical work has been done doesn’t mean that your work is done. Being responsible and healthy will get you the most out of your procedure, but the safest way to recover properly is by only working with the best. That means the professional experience from the doctors at the Zannis Center for Plastic Surgery. Call today or check out our website to begin your new life with the body you’ve always wanted.