5 tips to speed up your cosmetic surgery recovery

No matter how big or small your cosmetic surgery is, recovering from it isn’t much fun. While the rate of healing depends on the individual procedure, here are 5 things you can do to ensure that you recover as quickly as possible.1

1) Always listen to your doctor

It’s very important that you follow every single one of your doctor’s instructions or you could develop complications such as internal bleeding or infection. Even if you feel well, you must remember that your body will still take some time to heal properly.

2) Don’t skip your appointments

Many people skip their follow-up visits to the doctor because they don’t think they’re necessary. Follow-up appointments allow your physician to evaluate your medical condition and forewarn you about other things you may need to watch out for.

3) Eat and drink properly

Many people lose their appetite after surgery but staying hydrated and eating healthy meals will help speed-up the healing process and minimize common complications.

4) Get moving

You should start walking once the pain is under control. Don’t overdo it – you should avoid strenuous exercise at first – but a walk around the block or short swim should do the trick. Exercise helps prevent blood clots and facilitates bowel movements, while preventing serious complications like deep vein thrombosis and pneumonia.

5) Ask for help

Don’t hesitate to ask for help, whether from a family member, friend or professional caregiver. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak but actually speeds up the recovery process.

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