Tips for Reducing Pain After Plastic Surgery By tmccall on November 13, 2017

Enjoying a book in bedThere are plenty of surgical options out there to reduce wrinkles and enhance your figure. Whether you undergo facial rejuvenation or body contouring and skin tightening, the team at our Milwaukee plastic surgery center will help you achieve the results you desire.

Many patients have questions about post-surgical side effects, most notably pain. Let's take a moment to describe the discomfort that patients experience after their surgery and offer some tips on how it can be managed through proper post-op care.

Pain Is a Common Surgical Side Effect

After undergoing any sort of surgery, patients can expect to experience some amount of pain and discomfort as they are recovering. This pain and discomfort tends to be its most pronounced in the first days after surgery, a crucial early period in the recovery process.

Thankfully, the pain becomes less of an issue as patients continue to heal and recover. By the end of the first few days, the pain will have dulled significantly as part of healing. There are many things that patients can do to manage and mitigate post-surgical pain.

Taking Pain Relievers as Directed

Plastic surgery patients are often prescribed pain killers by their surgeons in order to manage pain in the first days after their procedure. These pain medications should only be taken as directed. Once the pain has become less pronounced, patients can consider over-the-counter medications to address their discomfort.

Rest and Avoid Strenuous Activities

Resting if an important part of preventing complications and managing side effects. It's important that patients get ample rest after their surgery, avoiding strenuous physical activities early on in order to prevent opening surgical sites and aggravating wounds.

While resting, be sure to follow instructions closely. This could mean keeping body parts elevated or avoiding certain sleeping positions. This can go a long way toward quicker recovery and reduced discomfort.

Wear Compression Garments If Applicable

Compression garments are surgical support garments that are worn for a week or so after surgery. Made of stretching fabrics, these compression garments help provide support to the part of the body that's been operated on. They offer a sense of comfort when worn, and may provide some greater sense of comfort in those crucial first days of healing.

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is crucial for proper healing. Be sure to drink water while you are recovering from surgery, and that you avoid feeling thirsty while you are healing. This is a small thing, but it can make a big difference in terms of the quality of your recovery process.

Walk to Promote Circulation

While you should avoid heavy exercise and strenuous physical activity after surgery, patients are encouraged to walk for a few minutes each day at home. This helps promote circulation while you are recovering, which prevents the formation of dangerous blood clots in the legs. Think of this as a low-impact exercise you can do each day to help ease you back into your daily routine.

What If My Post-Op Pain Gets Worse?

If you notice that your pain gets worse or that you experience severe side effects after surgery, be sure to contact your surgeon right away. This will allow these matters to be dealt with as soon as possible before they potentially worsen.

Learn More About Plastic Surgery Recovery

If you would like to learn more about managing the side effects of surgical procedures, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

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  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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