The recovery period after plastic surgery varies from person to
person, and of course, depends on the procedure you're having
and whether multiple procedures are being performed at the same
Regardless of the procedure there will be both physical and
emotional issues to consider during recovery. It's important to
remember not to rush the healing process.
There are medications that will be
prescribed for discomfort and prevention of infection and nausea
and instructions on medications and vitamins to avoid.
After your surgery your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics,
anti-nausea, pain medications and more to ensure a healthy,
Before your surgery
Discontinue any extra vitamin E and Aspirin products as well as
any other herbs or diet supplements until 4 weeks following
You’ll want to schedule your hair appointment just
before your surgery. The positioning of your head and neck are
stressful especially with hair coloring procedures. You won’t
want to be stretching and straining for position just after
surgery. Most patients wait 2 – 3 weeks.
Meal Planning: Pick up your favorite yogurts, soups and easy to
prepare frozen entrees. Yogurt is a healthy nutritional addition
when taking antibiotics. Gingerale, Gatorade and juices
(non-acidic) are great to have on hand. Grab 4 bags of frozen
small peas or corn to use as an ice pack.
Overnight care: Plan on having a friend or family member provide
transportation and overnight care for your first night. Even if
you don't feel any pain or discomfort, you have just had surgery
and may be taking medications so it is safer to have someone
with you. You will need transportation leaving the surgery
center and returning the following day for your first post
Sensual Body Dream offers personal chauffeurs after surgery to pick
you up from the clinic to your hotel and personal care-givers
who provide experienced overnight care for cosmetic surgery. You
can choose to have them stay with you at the clinic or at your
hotel. Our personal assistants will arrange all of your post
Reduce swelling by applying ice or frozen peas for the first 48
hours. In your hotel we will provide you ice. It makes a huge
difference with swelling and it actually feels good too.
Another two should be used on either side of your face for
Keep your head elevated. Keep your head elevated by at least 2
pillows to help decrease swelling. Purchase one of those couch
pillows at Targets, they are very comfortable propped up in bed
while reading magazines.
At night, just use a couple-three pillows under your head and
one under your knees for back support. It makes a difference in
the morning, your eyes are not as swollen and you don’t have
sheet marks on your face for the first half of the day. A
recliner is a sure way to elevate your head while lounging
throughout the day. Many have found it a good way to sleep to
prevent rolling over on their stomachs.
Nausea: You have been prescribed the anti-nausea medication, Phenergan. It comes either as a suppository or oral medication.
Hopefully, as a suppository because with nausea you may not be
able to hold down oral medication. The suppository should stay
refrigerated until needed. The suppository will melt and be
absorbed quickly, easing your nausea symptoms. If you feel a
little queazy, use the suppository, don’t wait. Phenergan does
cause drowsiness and will help you relax.
Before taking any oral medications you should eat a little
something to prevent nausea. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent
dehydration. You may find yourself quite thirsty; this is
natural and try to drink water, gingerale, gatorade and very low
acidic fruit drinks.
Expect to look worse before you look better. Swelling and
bruising are inevitable, but with proper care will diminish
quickly and you will begin to see your results. Take it easy and
enjoy some relaxing time.
Don’t forget to take your Arnica Montana. Arnica Montana is a
natural herb found in the mountain regions and is used to reduce
swelling and bruising and speed recovery time.
Apply the Arnica Gel & Cream to bruised areas, but not to the
suture site itself and be careful not to get it in your eyes.
Bromelain is a natural proteolytic enzyme extracted from the
root of the pineapple stem and is beneficial in reducing
swelling, pain and accelerates the healing process. Bromelain is
best taken on an empty stomach as is Arnica. Most common dosage
is (1) 500mg pill three times a day for 7 – 10 days following
surgery, but always follow the directions on the label or your
doctors specific directions.
Reduce swelling following facial surgery
by applying ice. Even if your surgeon has applied bandages to
reduce swelling you may need to apply ice periodically. Ask your
surgeon how long you should continue this.
realistic in your expectations.
Let's face it, you're going to look worse before getting better.
Just about all types of cosmetic surgery procedures involve
bruising and swelling. Your real results won't reveal themselves
for a few days (or longer) so don't panic! Let the natural
healing process take place.
your body often.
Surgery of any kind can reduce fluids in your body. Drinking
water frequently will help replenish these lost body fluids.
Also, eat lightly for the first few days and only food that is
easy to swallow and digest.
Enjoy your downtime: You may want to pick up some good books
you’ve been wanting to read. Some funny videos may be just what
the doctor ordered. If you feel like getting out after a couple
of days, go. Just take it easy and be careful. The less activity
and turning of your neck and head the better you will heal. So,
no lifting anything over 5 lbs, no bending over (bend with your
knees instead), no exercise other than walking and isometrics,
and turn using your waist not your head and neck.
What to tell others:
If you are uncomfortable telling your
friends or co-workers you are having cosmetic surgery, then you
may wish to tell them you are taking vacation.
Most people will tell you their friends and co-workers didn’t
know they had had cosmetic surgery. “Did you change your hair
color?” or “You look rested, that vacation did you good.”
Do not exercise until your doctor allows it.
Exercise will contribute to swelling and compromise your healing
and possibly your results. Walking and isometrics are fine, just
be smart. You have plenty of time to get in shape after you
heal. Generally, after cosmetic surgery you should wait 4 to 6
weeks before resuming exercise programs. Your doctor should be
the one to give you the go ahead.
No heat: Do not use heating pads, curling irons or blow dryers
(unless on cool) for at least 3 months following facial
rejuvenation. Your body’s natural response to surgery is to be
numb, that’s why there is very little pain with facial plastic
surgery. The numbness will wear off in a few weeks, however
because you are numb you will not be able to feel heat or a
burning sensation. Not only can serious burns occur, but heat
may contribute to additional swelling and inflammation. Many
burns occur after plastic surgery because not only are you numb,
but your skin and tissues are ultra sensitive during the first
three months following surgery.
Sunscreen: Use extreme caution in the sun. During the first year
protect all surgical sites with a physical sun block (SPF 30).
Surgical sites will scar with sun exposure; it’s as simple as
that. Big floppy hats, scarves, adequate sun block, and avoiding
sun exposure are essential contributions to your investment.
Good skin care products and treatments are the ingredients to
long lasting results.
The recovery period and post-operative care
Liposuction, rhinoplasty, chin surgery and arm lifts are a
one-day treatment. You enter the clinic in the morning. After
the operation, you rest in your room. By the evening, you will
be well recovered and able to return to your hotel. Generally,
for other types of body surgery, an overnight stay in the clinic
will be required.
Drains, if you have any, are removed in the days following the
operation. Suture stitches are removed approximately ten days
after the operation.
Showers are permitted. However, it is recommended that you
abstain from taking a bath for two weeks.
It is recommended that you resume light daily activities as soon
as possible. Depending on the extent of the area operated on,
between one and six weeks of rest are necessary before more
physical activities are resumed.
With thigh and buttock lifts in particular, hip movements should
minimized for two weeks. You must take this into consideration
when arranging any socio-professional activities.
After the operation, it is generally recommended that you wear a
compressive dressing for several weeks, to promote good
scarring. Pressure should be avoided in zones which have been
Your personal bilingual assistant For your Recovery Surgery!
Your personal assistant will be your friend away from home. He
will take care of all your personal needs while visiting.
Remember, you will be recuperating from surgery and in most
cases, not in the best physical and emotional condition to take
care of the necessary details of a new environment. Here are
some of the services will offer you to guaranty your comfort and
• We meet you and pick you up at the airport
• We provide a private transportation from the
• We pre-arrange the hotel check-in
• We provide a private transportation to-and-from doctor
• A private transportation to-and-from medical procedure
• Interpretation assistance at hospital or clinic if needed
• Provide communication assistance, such as cell phone or 24
• Check on recuperating patient daily once procedure is
• Provide emotional support if necessary during visit
• Assist with local tour and excursion arrangements
• Provide information about local dining, shopping, and
• Provide information about local culture and customs of
• Assure that customer is comfortable and content at all times
• Deliver customer to airport for departure
• Assist customer with baggage check-in upon departure
• Arrange for Airport medical assistance upon departure if