How To Recover Faster From Cosmetic Surgery


Arizona Robbins from the TV show, Grey’s Anatomy once said that children “recover faster and survive worse” because “they believe in magic, they play pretend and there is fairy dust in their IV bags. They hope, and they cross their fingers, and they make wishes, and that makes them more resilient than adults.” Basically, mind over matter but many of us seem to lose this ability as we grow up from tiny humans to disillusioned adults. So how do we speed up the recovery process after surgery without believing in magic and fairy dust? Well, whether you’re opting for a nose job, tummy tuck, breast surgery or facelift, here are some tips on how to speed up your recovery after plastic surgery.

Don’t Be a Couch Potato

Yes, you should be convalescing after your surgery but no that does not mean planting your butt on the couch in front of the TV for the next week or so. In fact, doctors and surgeons encourage patients to take short walks and do gentle leg stretches as soon and as often as possible as this helps to promote blood circulation, prevent blood clots and minimize stiffness and discomfort post surgery.

You Are What You Eat

Eating healthy promotes healthy skin and speeds up recovery. It also helps to reduce any swelling from surgery. It is recommended to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and keep hydrated with water and juice. On the other hand, you should avoid excess salt, processed and fast foods, spicy foods and certain herbal teas and supplements as they may increase the risk bleeding and swelling.

Be Zen

Stress is not good for anybody in any situation, even more so when your body is trying to recover from being under the knife. So try for a bit of stress relief during this healing period. You can indulge in some less strenuous pastimes such as reading and listening to calming music, and you can lower stress levels through meditation, aromatherapy and gentle yoga poses.

Say “No!” to Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

This one’s pretty logical – drinking, smoking and doing drugs are bad for you so obviously indulging in any of these will hinder your recovery process and even cause unnecessary complications. Alcohol negatively affects your immune system and dehydrates you, prolonging your healing time while smoking restricts the amount of oxygen your body’s cell receives, which also hinders your recovery. Recreational or prescription drugs should also be avoided as they can affect how your wounds heal, increase the risk of bleeding and even increase your dependency on pain medication.

In conclusion, if you’re thinking about scheduling a cosmetic or medical surgical procedure close to the holidays and you’re worried that you might not be able to recover in time to enjoy the festivities, try to follow some of the tips in this article. However, remember that patience is a virtue and everybody heals at different rates so all your doctors or surgeons can do is give you a ballpark figure on how long your recovery will take.

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