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Posted June 17, 2020 in Post-Surgical Healing

How to Prepare for a Healthy Recovery After a Plastic Surgery?

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You may think that when it comes to plastic surgery, all you have to do is make an appointment and show up, but in reality, you are quite involved in the process. If you do not set yourself up for a healthy, speedy recovery, it can impact your surgical results.

That is why we are outlining all the steps you need to take to prepare for a healthy recovery after your plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck surgery, a breast augmentation surgery, a Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery, or a Mommy Makeover surgery.

Woman with face wrapped in bandages after plastic surgery.

Do I Need to Prepare for Recovery Before My Plastic Surgery?

Yes. And, preparation for your surgery should start two weeks ahead of the surgical date.

Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions, and it’s critical that you follow these instructions. Many of these instructions will be lifestyle changes, such as refraining from smoking and drinking before and after the surgery. Alcohol and cigarettes can interfere with medications and surgical processes, so it’s essential to flush these out of your system for at least two weeks before surgery.

After the surgery, smoking and drinking alcohol can negatively affect the healing process. It is best that you wait until your surgeon confirms you are fully recovered before you pick up these habits again.

For more details on pre-operative instructions, see our comprehensive pre-operative list.

What Can I Do to Have a Quick and Healthy Plastic Surgery Recovery?

One of the most important things you can do for a healthy recovery is setting enough time aside to heal. Ask your doctor how much time they think you will need off work and schedule that full amount. Avoid unnecessary stress by doing small things like cleaning your house, grocery shopping, and arranging for help around the house before your surgery. This preparation will take some things off of your plate.

Most importantly, you will need a safe transportation home and someone supervising you for the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery.

Does Diet Matter for a Healthy Recovery After Plastic Surgery?

Nutrition is a big part of our body’s recovery process. You need to give your body the fuel it needs to heal. Try to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet after your surgery, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein.

As you will likely be too tired to cook, you may choose to meal prep ahead of time. You can freeze smoothies and healthy meals. Or, you can arrange for a meal drop-off service during your recovery process.

Interested in Learning More?

If you’re looking for an experienced, talented plastic surgeon in Miami, Florida, Dr. Hochstein is the top choice. Dr. Hochstein is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has performed over 27,000 breast procedures. Contact Dr. Leonard Hochstein for a consultation today by calling (305) 931-3338 or filling out this online form.