During each consultation for eyelid surgery, facelift, and other similar procedures here in my Orlando-area practice, I emphasize the importance of giving yourself the time you need to rest and recuperate. Indeed, how you care for yourself after surgery is nearly as important as choosing the right surgeon in the first place.
I give each patient a detailed list of instructions to help make his or her recovery as safe and easy as possible, and here are 5 simple tips to help you get a leg up on the process:
- Keep your head elevated. Although it may take some getting used to, keeping your head upright as much as possible – including while you sleep – prevents unnecessary swelling, discomfort, and scar irregularities caused by excessive blood flow. After about a week of healing, you should be able to sleep normally.
- Use cool compresses often. Cool compresses placed near your incisions can ease soreness and itchiness as well as reduce swelling. Be sure to wrap ice or a bag of frozen peas in a towel before pressing it against your skin to avoid damage.
- Take arnica as directed to reduce bruising. Taken orally, this herbal remedy from the sunflower family helps support the body as it heals after surgery, reducing bruising and discomfort. We will give you details on dosage during your appointments.
- No heavy lifting or exercise for 2 weeks. This guideline can be especially difficult for my more fitness-conscious patients, but it’s imperative to stick to it. Any type of activity that raises your heart rate has the potential to increase swelling and contribute to unsightly scarring. Give yourself a break, and take it easy during this time.
- Stay positive! Although plastic surgery is generally a happy, exciting occasion, it’s normal to experience a range of emotions after surgery. Staying positive and stress-free is one of the best things you can do for yourself to ensure the best results possible. Be sure to have a good support system at home, and don’t be afraid to share your concerns with me or my staff.
For more tips on caring for yourself after surgery, visit the extensive Pre- and Post-Care page on my website. And if you have any tips of your own to share with other readers, please leave a comment below!