Plastic surgery is a life-altering experience, so making a plan for a quick surgery recovery is just as important as the surgery itself.
Getting surgery is not the hardest part of the process; the healing process also factors in the post-surgery results.
We have put together some tips to help you plan for quick surgery recovery. Creating a realistic plan will help you navigate your healing process without any problems.
In order to plan your recovery, you have to know what types of problems you may have to deal with after surgery.
Although getting plastic surgery will improve your looks, you have to have a realistic level of expectation about the surgery results. Getting surgery will not automatically improve your life, you still have to put in the work for emotional improvement.
Learning to stay motivated and continue your improvement should be on your surgery recovery plan. Do not expect miracles to happen overnight.
Depression and anxiety
It is normal to experience some anxiety and depression after surgery. Knowing this in advance will help you better prepare yourself. Surround yourself with family, friends or your support system and ensure you are in a loving environment which will encourage a quick recovery.
It is important to have a positive attitude before getting surgery. Having a negative state of mind will not only make you unhappy with the surgery results, but you will not be able to focus on healing.
During the healing time, you have to take time off from work and your daily routine to focus all your energy on recovery. You may have to stay indoors to rest, so missing out on certain activities may make you feel restless and bored.
Planning ahead to make sure you can spend your healing time as comfortably. Do not overexert yourself, and only plan to do activities that will not interfere with your recovery.
Eating Habits, lifestyle, and exercise
To have surgery, your health has to be optimal to ensure that you will heal well. Your eating habits and exercise routine should be in place before surgery so that you can continue maintaining your health after surgery.
Especially if you will be having body shaping surgeries, the surgery results depend on you keeping the weight off. Being healthy translates to faster healing from surgery.
Maintain a good care regimen for yourself
Skincare is vital to ensure you will prolong the benefits of surgery. Invest in quality products, sun protection and maintain a good skincare regimen for the best results. To recover quickly, take care of your body inside and out. Check this post on how Koreans care for their skin.
Planning for quick surgery recovery: Pre-surgery Planning
Before committing to surgery, there are a few changes you have to make to prepare yourself.
Blood test and Check-up
Although you will do many tests once you come to ID Hospital, you should have some tests before coming. Getting some blood tests in advance so you know you have a clean bill of health will save you unnecessary hassles.
Disclosing your medical history is also important to ensure you can get surgery. For some medical conditions, surgery can get canceled since it is not safe. So rather than coming to Korea and finding out, you cannot get surgery, doing some check-ups in advance will be beneficial for you.
Alcohol and smoking
For anyone who has any kind of nicotine, (tobacco and e-cigarettes included) you have to quit 2-3 weeks before surgery and 1-3 months after surgery. The same thing goes for alcohol.
If you have nicotine, the blood vessels shrink and are not able to circulate oxygen to the healing tissues as effectively. This can result in dead tissues, infections, slow healing, blood clots, and other life-threatening complications. Do not take this part lightly. Quit smoking before getting surgery.
Understanding surgery risks and complications
Any type of surgery has risks and complications. No surgery is exempt. An experienced surgeon will, of course, bring the risks level down, but there still remains a chance that your body may not react to surgery as planned.
Educating yourself on the surgical procedure and the equated risks for that procedure will help you prepare yourself for what will happen after surgery.
Follow all the post-surgery instructions and if you notice anything out of the ordinary (not the common symptoms) then alert your doctor.