Plastic surgery has high patient satisfaction rates, but the key to getting the most out of your surgery is what you can do after surgery to make your results last. Plastic surgery can turn back the hands of time, but it can’t slow the aging process. There are many things you can do to maintain your new look for years to come.
A healthy diet
Following a healthy diet will be crucial before and after surgery. Eat foods that can give your body the nutrients it needs for recovery and beyond. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption as they can impact your body’s ability to heal and recovery time.
Exercise will be important after surgery, no matter what procedure you have done. If you’ve had fat removal to get rid of unwanted, stubborn fat, you will want to avoid weight gain as you may see it in other areas where remaining fat cells expand. A tummy tuck will remove excess skin and tighten skin, so you’ll want to avoid stretching your skin if you gain weight. Regular exercise based on your surgeon’s instructions will not only help you feel great, but it will ensure your results last for a long time.
Taking care of your skin
Your surgeon will have specific instructions for you to follow for the first few weeks and months after your surgery. If you have visible scarring, following the aftercare instructions will ensure your scars heal as they should and fade over time. Your plastic surgeon and his team will also help you determine the best skin care prescription to maximize results. This includes good daily sun protection. You should avoid direct sun in the first few days after the procedure and wear a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 daily.
Your surgeon may recommend procedures, dermal fillers and other facial treatments to enhance surgical results and help you achieve the look you desire. If you’ve been thinking about a plastic surgery procedure and want to discuss your options, call 403.571.3141 for a consultation with Dr. Dawes.