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What to Expect When Recovering from Cosmetic Surgery

The decision to have a cosmetic procedure is a significant one for many patients. Part of deciding to move forward might rest on what you will endure after the operation. While cosmetic surgery recovery takes time, most people do not experience negative issues or complications.

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“I advise my patients that caring for your skin will be the top priority after a procedure.”

Take Care of Your Skin

I advise my patients that caring for your skin will be the top priority after a procedure. Caring for your skin involves using gentle soaps and products that do not contain harsh chemicals. Hypoallergenic products and cleansers that do not contain soap are especially well suited for the time during cosmetic surgery recovery. Choose moisturizers that do not contain fragrances.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated and drinking enough fluids is another important strategy for recovery. Regardless of the kind of surgery you had, your body needs plenty of fluids as it recovers. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day to flush out toxins that can accumulate in your body.

Watch Sun Exposure

Sun exposure can be particularly harmful after surgery. During the first few days after a procedure, try to stay out of the sun completely. When you must venture outdoors, use a sunscreen product that protects from both alpha and beta rays. Choose a product with at least 30 SPF for optimal protection.

Allow Sufficient Healing Time

Healing takes time after a procedure. I like to remind people that patience is important while wounds heal. It’s normal for scabs to form, but always resist the urge to pick them because of the risks of infection and scarring.

The final result after cosmetic surgery recovery takes time, so try not to worry or obsess during this period. Some initial discomfort is common, but it should not last long. After you get past the first few days, you should begin to see steady improvement toward your new look.