Chip’s Tips On Plastic Surgery Post-Surgical Healing

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When considering plastic surgery post-surgical healing… the healing process is exactly that, a process.

Every single person has their own individual process when it comes to plastic surgery post-surgical healing.

Some people like to be alone during post-surgical healing. Others enjoy having company. Whatever process you prefer for your plastic surgery post-surgical healing, honor it.

Any kind of surgery must be taken seriously and the surgeon’s protocol for healing should be followed to the letter.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure, please familiarize yourself with the following tips about post-surgical healing I share with all my patients and anyone considering surgery:

  1. If you’re preparing for plastic surgery, plan on taking the maximum recommended time off. Healing is science and goes through defined stages.
  2. Although you may consider yourself a fast healer, don’t assume your body will respond accordingly. Healing is a process, not an attitude. Everyone heals differently.
  3. Remember, the full results of cosmetic surgery are not immediate. It takes patience and time to reach your final destination.
  4. You may “hate me” for a little while after your procedure, but I promise it won’t last forever. I call it the “love-hate-love” relationship.
  5. Avoid smoking for at least two weeks prior and two weeks after surgery. Smoking significantly impedes blood flow, increases inflammation and inhibits the healing process.
  6. Risks are real. Percentages are real. However, if you have a 5% chance of a plastic surgery healing complication before surgery and then have one after surgery, it is now 100%. Same for everything in life.
  7. If you are still mad at the medical office after surgery, you are still healing. Final healing is variable but will occur – remember love-hate-love.
  8. Each side of your face has different, but very similar, nerves and muscle tissue. You will always begin healing asymmetrically. However, the two sides will catch up and reach the finish line “holding hands.”