To successfully recovery from any type of plastic surgery, post-operative care is crucial. It is common post-op to experience some sort of swelling, which can last for days or weeks, but it is also something that can be minimized. With proper care and the use of products created specifically for plastic surgery recovery, the healing process will speed up and you can return to daily life sooner.
Follow these steps to accelerate recovery:
Do not apply cold compressesfor more than 20 minutes on swollen areas. Remove the cold compresses after 20 minutes and repeat this process hourly. Use a paper towel or a thin cloth to wrap the cold compress, never put a cold compress directly on skin.
Wearing a compression garmentafter chin and jaw augmentation is important during the healing process. Compression garments help speed up the healing which allows you to return to normal activities sooner, by reducing swelling, improving blood circulation, providing support to the operated area, and flushing out potentially harmful fluids. Applying pressure on the compression garment will help the garment fit better and to help reduce the chance of skin sagging. Remember to use compression garments specified for plastic surgery recovery, other compression garments won’t have the same effect.
Use natural healing vitamins, supplements and homeopathic remedies that are created for plastic surgery recovery. Products such Arnica Montana is a homeopathic herb that will help speed up recovery by reducing any post-op swelling and bruising.
When you rest or sleep, make sure your back is continuously in an inclined position (25-45 degrees) for the following days of post-op care or when major swelling remains. This elevated position will help enable optimal blood circulation and help reduce swelling. Using specialized pillowssuch as wedge pillows help provide proper alignment to the swollen areas and help keep them comfortable throughout the night.
Do not take hot showers during the initial weeks following surgery. The water should be warm as hot or steamy water can increase swelling. Make sure no water directly comes down on the surgical area(s).
As with all post-op care, eating right is important. Reduce your intake of salt in foods and drinks which can increase swelling. Pineapple juice is one type of drink that is effective in reducing swelling. Consume leafy vegetables, eggs, and yogurt which are excellent sources of Vitamin K, another remedy to reduce swelling.
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