Tips to Know Before Recovering from Your Facial Plastic Surgery

Although it can be exciting, if you are planning on undergoing a facial plastic surgery procedure, the process can also be overwhelming

One of the most important first steps is taking your time to research facial cosmetic surgeons in Toronto to ensure that you select a highly qualified, certified plastic surgeon. After narrowing down your options and consulting with your selected surgeon, it is also imperative to be sure that you are informed about the recovery process. Knowing what to expect beforehand will minimize your stress during the recovery period. The following tips will help you recover from your facial plastic surgery.

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Plan Ahead

During your consultation, your surgeon will explain the process carefully and will provide details about what is required of you during your recovery to ensure that you will see fabulous results. For example, planning ahead for downtime may mean scheduling time off of work or school and arranging for a friend or family member to assist you for the first 24 to 48 hours. In addition, ensure that you have all of the necessary supplies prior to undergoing your procedure such as food that is easy to chew if you are having facial surgery and bandages or pain medication, as required by your surgeon. This preparation will help bring you peace of mind during the recovery period.

Be patient

Although it is difficult, it is important to be patient during the recovery process. In many cases, the recovery process can require up to 2 weeks of rest and avoiding regular work schedules or activity that may hinder the healing process. Try to keep your mind busy to minimize boredom while allowing your body time to heal. It is also important to be patient with the results of your procedure. Although you may be permitted to return to work within one to two weeks of your surgery, it can take several weeks to see the results.

Do not be alarmed by swelling, bruising, and contour irregularities that appear immediately following the procedure. Swelling is expected and will gradually dissipate. While you will see the results within a week or two, in some instances, residual swelling persists for 6 to 12 months.

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Be Realistic

As with any surgical procedure, facial plastic surgery will result in temporary discomfort and mild pain. Although this tenderness can be managed with pain medication, it is important to be aware that the first few days may be uncomfortable. The first night, in particular, can be difficult, as the anesthesia may cause you to feel nauseous or groggy and your swelling will temporarily increase during this time. Thankfully, within a day or two you will begin to feel more like yourself and will regain your strength and appetite.

Follow Instructions

Prior to your procedure, your surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions. Depending on the procedure performed, these may include instructions about your sleeping position, medications to take or avoid, and how often to change your bandages. Your facial cosmetic surgeon will let you know when your first follow-up appointment will be and will likely ask that you avoid strenuous activities and keep out of direct sunlight for the first several days or weeks of the recovery process. To ensure optimal results, it is crucial to follow all aftercare instructions carefully.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure and would like to learn more about the recovery process, we welcome you to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Cory Torgerson, an expert facial cosmetic surgeon in Toronto.

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