When we are children, we are repeatedly taught that “patience is not bought in any store.” But what will the older person who wants everything here and now do? Sometimes it seems that in 2022 you can really get a lot of things right away especially when it comes to beauty and magic. The aesthetic procedures are getting shorter and the results are noticeable while we go out for a lunch break. Is it any wonder we are all captivated by the charms of “Before and After”?
However, it is important to know that in practice, recovery and achieving the optimal result from aesthetic treatments requires time, and quite a bit of patience, until the results are perfectly visible. With the full return to routine and the arrival of the summer season – there has been an increase in demand for operating rooms, and it also requires an explanation of the recovery process, which is no less important than the aesthetic process itself. “No one really talks about the patience, healing and waiting time required between before and after pictures,” explains Dr. Ronen Glasinger, a plastic surgery specialist. Destroy the work of the attending physician. The reality is that good results do not happen in the operating room – this is where they start. ”
Here are some things that are very important for proper recovery and ideal results:
Itching should be avoided
“Itching, burning and pain in the surgical areas where the treatment was performed, can occur between weeks and months after the procedure and usually represent recovery of sensory nerves in these areas. If necessary, after consulting the surgeon a sedative can be applied. It is important to avoid scratching these areas. On the area with ice.Most often, when something in the skin bothers us, burns or itches we use ice to soothe the place, but the truth is that ice can do much more harm than good because the sensitive area is semi-anesthetized and insensitive, so the cold and stagnation of ice does not “It is possible to feel naturally and cold burns can occur,” says Glasinger.
The doctor’s instructions should be followed
Use only products given by the attending physician after surgery, as the procedure of one physician may be different from that of another. “There is no need to Google or consult friends, but to follow the instructions given by the doctor at the end of the treatment. The more you submit to the procedure with the attending physician, the more accurate and correct the recovery will be.”
Prepare your recovery area in advance
Make sure it includes everything you need to have on hand – medicines, bandages, gauze, clean towels, a thermometer, supply of change of clothes if necessary, as well as a telephone, entertainment materials such as a book, magazines, games, etc.
Do not panic and do not fight bloating
“Swelling is a known and unavoidable side effect of many aesthetic procedures. Even a tiny needle prick can cause a tissue reaction and swelling. The duration of the procedure, tissue trauma and the amount of fluid given throughout the procedure can affect subsequent swelling. Fluid retention is the reason some patients go up. “Weight immediately after the operation – but there is nothing to worry about, the weight is lost in the weeks after the procedure.”
Be attentive to your body
Be aware that excessive sports activity can be detrimental to the recovery process. However, Glazinger explains that it is advisable to get up every hour and walk around the house a bit. “Try to listen to your body and the doctor’s instructions, and not overdo it. This is important, And improves the recovery process. In addition, to prevent the risk of blood clots. After a few days, you can even try to go for a little longer walk. “
Do not rush to walk
It is not recommended to go on trips on the day of treatment and in surgical procedures in general it is recommended to avoid long trips even in the days after surgery. It is important to consult with the attending physician before such and such trips and vacations, and he may also want to check the recovery before approving the trip. In treatments that also include stitches, it is recommended to wait between 5-7 days before the trip. In the case of body toning treatments, the recommendation is not to travel for long trips and wait between four and six weeks. In any case after surgery of any kind the doctor should be consulted regarding changes in the routine agenda.
Persist in the treatment that follows
It is advisable to set a fixed time for taking the medication if necessary, especially in cases where you are leaving the country and the hours are confusing. In addition, it is important to pack the medical equipment required to treat the area where the procedure was performed, whether it is a bandage, ointment or dedicated clothing after the procedure.
A healthy lifestyle leads to a faster recovery
“A healthy lifestyle is the basis for a good recovery,” emphasizes Dr. Liora Hollander, a senior plastic surgery specialist who specializes in facial surgery. “A physically active and non-smoking patient can expect fewer risks or complications during recovery. Also, smoking impairs the quality of the skin, and patients who smoke usually come in the first place with more wrinkled skin, the typical smoking wrinkles, and less elasticity of the skin. Also, smoking impairs wound healing, and blood supply to tissue. And therefore prolongs the duration of recovery. So it is highly recommended to stop smoking before surgery until the end of the initial recovery. There are surgeries, such as facial surgeries, that are not performed on smoking patients. Quitting smoking is a must and a condition for performing the surgery and its success. “Patients who have been affected by the sun and from tanning beds are recovering more slowly.”
Smart sun exposure
After aesthetic procedures, and all the more so when it comes to facelift surgery, it is advisable to avoid sun exposure, saunas and tanning beds in the initial period. Dr. Hollander adds that when a complementary peeling procedure of any kind is performed in addition to the facial surgery, the avoidance of the sun should be complete. Edema and swelling after facial surgery. In addition, pigmentation and damage to the quality of the scars may develop. The sun, damages the skin and its texture and therefore, in a situation where the skin is sensitive after a surgical procedure, especially on the face, it is best to avoid direct sun exposure so as not to harm the healing process. And stick to a cream with a sun protection factor. “
After injections: Can be exposed to the sun with asterisks
“Those who have undergone injections can be exposed to the sun, but it is important to know that even then edema and swelling may worsen. As a rule, avoiding direct exposure to the sun is a good habit, which protects the skin and the result over time,” concludes Dr. Hollander.
As a patient, you need to strengthen your patience muscle. An initial result must be distinguished from an end result. “After six months to a year, it depends on the type of surgery. Therefore, be patient. Healing is a physiological process that takes time – we can not accelerate the natural rate of healing,” the experts say.
Do not overload the schedule
Plastic surgery – requires a recovery period of one to two weeks. The duration of recovery is very personal and varies from person to person. Unlike the process of injections or face sculpting – which is a facelift without surgery, which does not require recovery. You can return to full activity immediately after the treatment. Also, keep in mind that even a simple injection procedure can produce hemorrhages, especially in sensitive people or taking blood thinners. Therefore, it is advisable to plan the time, in such a way as not to create a significant commitment near the treatment.