After having any kind of cosmetic procedure, following the aftercare advice is absolutely crucial. Not only does this help to protect the quality of the work done and help to guarantee a satisfactory outcome but it also helps to reduce the risks of complications occurring.
Cosmetic Surgical Practices
All reputable cosmetic surgical practices will issue thorough advice regarding the care regimes which need to be followed after an operation. Whether it was a breast augmentation, face lift, liposuction or a tummy tuck, there are a number of common features to the healing process which will enable the best possible chance of a successful result. First and foremost, allowances have to be made for the mental and physical recuperation of each individual. Planning a schedule which has sufficient down-time following the procedure is absolutely critical. The body needs time to heal itself, which is made more difficult if there are additional pressures from work or domestic life causing stress and unhappiness. It is important to allow for this recovery period when planning to fit a procedure into a calendar. It cannot be expected that a patient will be able to return to their normal routine immediately following their treatment. Of course, individual cases vary and minor facial treatments can see people back in their jobs within two to three days but this cannot be expected for all cases and advice should be taken from the surgical team as to what are reasonable exertions.
Other advice generally given as part of aftercare relates to the direct treatment of wounds. Bandages and other dressings must be changed according to the given timetable, with follow-up appointments and checks attended in order to get a professional medical view of the healing process. Those who do not attend follow-up appointments to assess their stitches and wounds are more likely to face complications. Moreover, there are certain medications which can impede recovery with the surgical team generally advising patients to only take pain relief from their list of suitable options.
The complications which can occur due to poor aftercare take two main forms: prolonged healing time with infection and irritation or more obvious scarring and poor settling of tissues. Infections can enter a wound at any time but they are often caused by poor cleaning and improper dressing changes. This is why it is important to make regular visits to the clinic to have the wound looked after properly by those with the relevant experience. Stitches and sutures will be removed at the appropriate time when the skin has healed to the correct stage, preventing the build-up of excess scar tissue.
Alternatively, poor aftercare can lead to an increased risk of hypertrophic or keloid scarring. These are raised, pronounced scars which can be unsightly and uncomfortable. It is important, especially on the face, to use a high level of sunscreen and UV protection to take care of the newly formed skin, which is susceptible to burning during the healing process.
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