The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is one that is never easy, especially when looking at significant procedures such as tummy tuck surgery or breast augmentation, which provide lasting and visible results. While it is one thing to say you want these procedures, preparing for them is a different story, and as you will soon find out, preparation can make or break your recovery. While everyone handles discomfort and pain differently, there are some common things to keep in mind before your surgery date.
Kicking a smoking habit to the curb can be beneficial for multiple reasons. The sooner you quit before the procedure, the better it will be afterward. Smoking and tobacco use decreases blood flow, which not only creates a higher chance of complications during the surgical process but can also slow down and negatively impact your healing period.
The initial recovery period for tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation will inevitably result in some pain and discomfort. Prescription medication can help to control the pain, and your surgeon will prescribe this before your surgery date. Filling this prescription before you undergo surgery will help you after. Preparation is the number one thing that will ease and aid in your recovery process. Having these prescriptions pre-filled allow you the opportunity to go straight home instead of waiting uncomfortably at the pharmacy.
Arrange for Someone to Help You
Even though most procedures are outpatient, it is no surprise that you will need someone else to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days of recovery. There is no way around the fact that the first night and subsequent days following your operation may include some less than desirable moments. It is important to remember that these are all temporary and you will be back to your usual self in no time. In these moments, let someone else help you. You will be thankful in the long run.
Give Yourself Time to Heal
You have decided to undergo cosmetic surgery, now allow yourself the time to heal. Everyone has a busy schedule, but this is your moment to relax. There is nothing more dangerous to your recovery than trying to push things too hard and too fast. Listen to your body; it will tell you when you’re ready.
Get up and Move
Traditionally with tummy tuck surgery and breast augmentation (or a combination of both), you will be expected to take two weeks off of work and wait four to six weeks to resume an exercise routine. These two procedures will also put limitations on how much you can lift and when—Dr. Jervis will provide you with a detailed estimate of your recovery timeline during your consultation. Standing regularly and engaging in slow, comfortable walks around your house or neighborhood (as long as your neighborhood is flat) can be beneficial to your healing process. Moving around will encourage blood flow and get you back to feeling like yourself sooner.