Posted on: 21 January 2015Share
When you decide that you are going to go under the knife, you want to do everything that you can to make sure that the surgery and recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Here are four things that you should not do – unless you're just asking for surgery complications and a prolonged recovery:
1. Keep Smoking That Pack a Day
Smoking is bad all on its own. However, when you combine it with surgery, it becomes significantly worse. Smoking cigarettes results in constricted blood vessels, which means that your incisions are unable to get adequate blood flow that is needed to properly heal. Plus, smoking increases your risk of surgery complications, especially with the anesthesia.
If you are thinking about cosmetic surgery or any type of surgery for that matter, it is recommended to stop smoking at least four weeks prior to the scheduled date of your operation. It's also recommended to avoid smoking for the same period of time following the surgery. This is all to help avoid any unnecessary complications during or after the surgery that could affect the results or recovery process.
2. Take Ibuprofen and Aspirin Up to the Day of Surgery
You may not think that over-the-counter pain relievers will have any impact on you during or after surgery, but they do. Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided for at least a week leading up to your surgery and the same amount of time afterward. The reason for this is because these products can actually lead to unnecessary bleeding while in surgery and during the recovery process.
3. Head to the Gym a Couple Days After Surgery
It can be tough not to get back at it after surgery, but it is important that you wait until your doctor has released you to partake in any form of physical activity. This is because your blood pressure needs to remain low so that there is no additional stress placed on your incisions that are trying to heal. Plus, elevated blood pressure may result in internal bleeding.
4. Keep Trying to Be Super Mom or Dad
Unless you want the recovery process to be painful and long, it is crucial that you allow other people to help you once you are home. You don't have to always be the person who handles everything and never takes a moment for themselves. If your doctor prescribes pain medication, take it. Pain control is very important in order for you to have the best possible recovery.
The above-mentioned things are just four things that you need to keep from doing when you are considering cosmetic surgery. Otherwise, your recovery will not be smooth, quick and painless. Your cosmetic surgeon will have additional advice and you need to make sure to follow it as well.