Plastic surgery offers huge rewards that can last a lifetime. Still, it’s a big deal to schedule plastic surgery. Most of our patients feel at least a little concerned about their recovery. There is a tendency to overestimate how much pain will be felt after surgery. Fortunately, most who do report that their experience was not nearly as bad as they had imagined. The thing about plastic surgery recovery is that you just need to be prepared. Here, we discuss a few must-haves that don’t get enough attention.
Part of the surgical process is to inform a patient about how to prepare for surgery and how to recover well from surgery. This comes in the form of pre- and post-surgical care instructions. One of the details of post-operative care that can get glossed-over is the need for help. Help with what? Possibly everything. Depending on the procedure, you may need someone to make sure you take your pain medication on time. You may need help to and from the bathroom. Someone may need to do the cooking, the cleaning, the caring for children and pets. We’ve treated enough people to know that this can be a difficult part of the recovery process. And still, it is necessary. Accept the help. Arrange the help. Know that it is only temporary.
Most people who have surgery know they will need prescription pain medication. They know they need to fill their prescription before the day of surgery so they do not meet with unexpected pain. There’s more in terms of remedies as it relates to pain. One is that you need ice. Don’t get just one ice pack or bag of peas. Get two. That way, one will always be ready for use. Another remedy relates to pain medication more than the pain itself. This is the remedy that will help you avoid constipation. When you take prescription pain medication, you may become constipated. As you may know, this side effect can be frustrating and uncomfortable. Two remedies could be helpful. One is fiber, the other is magnesium citrate. When taken daily, either of these remedies may reduce constipation.
Having plastic surgery should be more exciting than nerve-wracking. To schedule a consultation, contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office.