With any surgery there will always be a recovery period and often how you take care of yourself during this time frame can significantly impact final treatment outcomes. Naturally depending on the patient and procedure, specific post-surgery care and recovery instructions will differ.

Here, Dr Edinburg shares his top 3 general tips on how to make your surgery recovery as comfortable and manageable as possible to help you get back to feeling like your usual self sooner.

1. Follow your Plastic Surgeon’s specific post-operation instructions

Dr Edinburg: “Different surgeries have different recovery times and expectations however the most important thing is to listen to expert advice and follow recommended instructions. For example, most surgeries have an initial recovery period of a week where the patient should be resting (talk to me about how much) and the bandages or wound dressings need to be looked after a certain way (think about any injury- you usually have some bruising and swelling afterwards while the healing simultaneously starts- the principles after surgery are no different). After the initial recovery period, normal work can usually be resumed but more strenuous activities should be delayed for as long as your surgeon has advised. It may seem inconvenient at first, especially if you feel capable, but if you are going to work with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon to achieve a high standard of both surgical and cosmetic outcomes, he needs your partnering to give your body the best chances of achieving the best possible result.”

2. Establish a support network and don’t be afraid to ask for help

Dr Edinburg: “I always advise my patients to ensure they have someone to support them before, during and after a procedure. It’s good to have someone there with you during your appointments and then also someone to take care of you after surgery. From basic things like helping you arrange your food and medication to supporting you emotionally – a good support network is very important. Of course, our friendly team at Eden will also be by your side throughout the entire process, advising you on tips and providing you with all the information you need for a smooth recovery.”

3. Stay as healthy as possible

Dr Edinburg: “A healthy body heals faster so it’s important to nourish and fuel your body with the right types of food. Ensure that everything you eat is packed full of nutrients to get the most out of your diet as this will encourage your body.


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