It is an exciting thing to plan a plastic surgery procedure. Many people who come to our office have been thinking about how they would like to address a specific cosmetic concern for some time. Making that appointment to consult with a plastic surgeon means “I am ready!” It is the beginning of a new way of being. It is also the beginning of a journey that will include some unknowns. Patients often feel a little hesitant about their recovery from plastic surgery. Here, we outline some must-haves that make the process smoother.
Here’s an interesting detail about plastic surgery patients: they all realize they will need some help during recovery and yet they still struggle with receiving it. We understand it can be difficult to let others take care of us. Many of us were raised in a society in which the “do-it-yourself” attitude was praised. After plastic surgery, there is no value in DIY-ing your recovery. We put this must-have first because it is one of the most important and we do not want you to brush it aside. Before your surgery date, have arrangements made for someone else to do the cooking, cleaning, childcare, pet care, and also to take care of you so you don’t have to remember when to take your medications or figure out how to brush your teeth or get to the bathroom as needed. Remember, it’s only temporary. Soon enough, you will be back to ruling your world.
Accumulate Necessary Over-the-Counter Remedies
Patients who are undergoing surgery often hear that they should pick up their prescriptions ahead of time so they do not have to wait for the medication they need to manage comfort. This is such a common suggestion that we can overlook other necessities. Prescription pain medication is necessary for comfort in one way. However, it can create discomfort, as well. We’re talking about constipation. This doesn’t have to be something you suffer through. It also doesn’t always have to be managed with a stool softener. If you want an alternative, purchase a fiber powder and add it to water every day, making sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily. Another alternative is to take magnesium citrate, which has been shown to reduce constipation at a dose of 400 to 500 mg daily.