During your Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation, Mr Tariq Ahmad will talk you through the practicalities of the procedure, and what to expect after surgery. You will be given a clear idea then, and when you are discharged from hospital afterwards, of how long the healing process will be. Here are some tips on how to aid an efficient recovery.
1. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s post-operative instructions
How quickly you get back to normal will depend on the procedure itself. Cambridge-based Mr Ahmad sends his patients home after surgery with comprehensive advice on what activities to avoid and for how long, and when you can remove bandages and splints.
2. Bring that swelling down
In the first days after most cosmetic surgery procedures, you are likely to feel some discomfort, and much of this can be attributed to post-surgical swelling. There are several things you can do to combat this including applying ice packs to the swollen area and maintaining an elevated position which will enable optimal blood circulation. A specialist compression garment may be appropriate – for example, after a breast augmentation or abdominoplasty. They can reduce post-operative discomfort and swelling, and improve the aesthetic results of the surgery.
3. Arrange a helping hand
Again, depending on the type of cosmetic surgery you have, your mobility and strength will be limited in the immediate aftermath. Make arrangements ahead for someone to help out with looking after your children, walking your dog or just to take care of you.
4. Get some sleep
When we sleep, our cell tissues regenerate – you need to give your body this chance. Sleep can reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
5. Give your body a chance
While you may be eager to get back to normal, don’t hurry healing. By resting, eating well and asking for help, you are likely to make a speedier recovery – and be sooner able to enjoy the results of your Cambridge cosmetic surgery.