People considering plastic surgery tend to think about all of the wrong things…. One of the most common concerns, for example, is what people will think of them if they undergo surgery to change their appearance. While this is an understandable concern, due to some of society’s negative stigmas regarding plastic surgery, it is not something that should ultimately be very important. More significant is the fact that even plastic surgery is still surgery, a medical procedure that involves cutting into the body in some manner or other. Therefore, it would seem only natural that the primary concern ought to be how to stay healthy during and after a procedure.
While some specific information on this topic can be found online at AboutPlasticSurgery, this article will seek to briefly describe a few measures you can take to ensure your own health if undergoing plastic surgery. The first – and, to many people, the most surprising – is to stop smoking (if of course you smoke to begin with) for as long as possible during the time period immediately before and after your surgery.
Aside from the typical long-term health risks associated with tobacco usage, smoking also clouds your respiratory system in the short term. Meanwhile, any open wound on the body requires oxygen for proper healing. If there is smoke in your system, less clean oxygen will be able to circulate to the wound through your blood, and the healing process can go less smoothly. Therefore, in order to ensure maximum healing and minimal scarring, it is best to stop smoking in advance of, and immediately following a surgical procedure.
For the best results following your surgery, it is also best to refrain from touching or observing the affected area on your body. You will likely be bandaged, but you will also be curious about what your changed features will look like… however, it is important to allow the bandages to do their job, and not to tamper with them or with your body until your doctor tells you that it is time. Patience, in this regard, can actually lead to the most successful and most comfortable results.
Again, these are just a few health considerations regarding preparation for and recovery from plastic surgery. Each instance and each procedure are unique, so you will also want to consult with your doctor, or even with people you know who have undergone similar procedures, in order to find more specific ideas for yourself. With adequate research and preparation, your health and comfort can be virtually guaranteed.