Tips for Reducing Pain after Plastic Surgery
By Sheryl Pilcher on May 21, 2017
If you are considering facial plastic surgery at our San Antonio, TX, practice, you may be concerned about the recovery process. You may be a bit apprehensive about the downtime, but, like most patients, you are probably most worried about the discomfort you will experience. Fortunately, at Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., we place a great focus on reducing pain after plastic surgery.
Whatever procedure you ultimately choose, Dr. Pilcher will employ very precise techniques with small incisions. In this way, she can limit discomfort during and after surgery. She will also provide appropriate medications and personalized tips for healing. With her ongoing and empathetic care, your recovery may be much easier than you ever imagined it could be.
Choosing the Right Surgeon Is the Most Effective Way to Undergo Comfortable Care
Not all doctors can provide the same level of comfort and customization. To enjoy an easier recovery, it is vital that you choose an experienced doctor who uses precise techniques. Dr. Pilcher is an excellent choice for your care. Having successfully practiced in San Antonio for the last 20 years, she performs gentle, detail-oriented procedures. Taking your cosmetic goals into account, she will design a procedure that will limit the impact to the nearby tissues, thus reducing discomfort after surgery. At the same time, these precise methods will also result in less scarring and a better cosmetic outcome.
Prepping Now Can Ease Discomfort Later
Dr. Pilcher will provide a thorough pre-surgical consultation, explaining what you can expect and providing tips to get ready. First, you may need to stop taking certain medications, especially blood thinners and birth control. Because some natural supplements can also function as blood thinners, you may need to cut out ginseng, vitamin E, fish oils, garlic, and green tea, among other things.
You should also get ready for surgery by prepping everything you need in advance. Because you will likely experience soreness and inflammation, doing a little prep-work can limit strain and exertion during the healing period. For example, do any necessary shopping and housework now. Arrange to take time off from work. If you still have small children at home, find someone who can provide childcare for a week or so after surgery.
After your procedure, some inflammation is inevitable, but Dr. Pilcher can make this period much easier with her compassionate care. First, she will prescribe appropriate medications, which you should take as directed. You should also get plenty of rest, avoiding strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for several weeks. Because your face will likely be sore, you may want to eat soft foods for a few days, gradually adding in foods as you feel that you are able.
Compression bandages are another important factor. The gentle pressure will reduce soreness and swelling, help your skin heal, and ensure better esthetic results. Ice packs can also be quite helpful. However, you should only use them as instructed because intense cold can sometimes damage healing blood vessels. Fortunately, with Dr. Pilcher’s expertise, you will not only enjoy a more comfortable recovery. You will remain safe and healthy throughout the process, as well.
Contact Us to Learn More about Our Safe, Personalized Care
To learn more about how to ease discomfort after plastic surgery, contact our office today. We are always happy to answer questions and to set your mind at ease about your care.
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