Updated July 2018
In the past, cosmetic surgery often required a longer period of recovery, and women and men would find themselves having to take a significant amount of time off from work.
Now, with advancements in cosmetic medicine and more research into how the body heals, the time it takes to recover from a breast augmentation, for example, is dramatically reduced. In fact, most women are back to work in less than a week following their breast augmentation.
Dr. Martin employs many strategies during surgery to speed recovery. But what can you do to achieve your best look with minimal downtime? Read on to find out!
Immediately after Your Procedure
Have a friend or family member take care of you after surgery, since you will not be able to care for yourself like you normally would. If they can help you prepare for the recovery process before your procedure, even better. This may include grocery shopping, cleaning the home, and other things that may be difficult to do immediately following your procedure.
Rest and Self Care
The best advice: set realistic expectations with your surgeon and plan accordingly.It is critical to follow the instructions your surgeon gave you. Resting is paramount to your body healing and achieving your desired look. Just because you may be feeling better does not warrant going against your surgeon’s guidance on post-procedure care. Doing the suggested exercises given to you by your surgeon will help speed up your recovery.
Attention to Changes
Being hyper-aware of your body is important, and having a base understanding of how you typically feel before your procedure is very helpful when it comes time for the recovery process. Identifying any changes you may see or feel early on can lead to your surgeon making the necessary adjustments to ensure you are healing properly and timely.
Understanding Everyone Is Different
Every woman is different and heals at her own pace. Just because a friend had a similar procedure and was back to work within 5 days does not mean that your journey will be exactly the same. Set realistic expectations with your surgeon and plan accordingly.