Stocking up on recovery essentials before surgery will set you up for a relaxing, stress-free experience. Read on as Charles S. Lee, MD, and the team at Enhance® Medical Center reveal items you must have on-hand after plastic surgery.
A Comfortable Spot to Relax
Plan to set up a dedicated recovery space in your bedroom or living room. Depending on your chosen procedure, you may need to remain in an upright or slightly reclined position. Have large pillows available to prop yourself up if necessary.
Incision Care Supplies
Our team will explain exactly how to care for your healing incisions, including whether to apply ointment and how often to change your bandages and/or gauze. Stock up on these supplies ahead of time to avoid last-minute trips to the drugstore.
Loose, Comfortable Clothing
Comfortable clothing is another must-have after plastic surgery. Loose styles that button or zip in the front are preferable, so you don’t have to strain to get in and out of your clothing or risk irritating a healing incision.
Dry Shampoo and Face Wipes
Dry shampoo and face wipes can help you feel fresh until you can take your first post-surgery shower.
Anesthesia and pain medications are known to have a constipating effect. Avoid discomfort by taking stool softeners daily.
Large Water Bottle
Hydration is vital when healing from surgery. Keep a big water bottle nearby at all times and refill throughout the day.
Doctor Contact Information
Have the contact information for Dr. Lee’s office handy in case you have a question about your recovery instructions or any symptoms/sensations you are experiencing. Keep the contact information saved in your phone and written down in case your phone battery dies and you need to use a land line or loved one’s cell phone.
A Helping Hand
Don’t try to power through your recovery on your own. Your energy levels will be lower than normal and you probably won’t feel like yourself for a few weeks. Make arrangements for someone to assist you with childcare, pet care, meal preparation, laundry and other household tasks. You will be glad that you did!
To help the time pass quickly, have plenty of entertainment options at the ready. Download a few new books to your e-reader or queue up your favorite series on Netflix.
If you have general questions about plastic surgery recovery or are interested in learning more about a particular procedure, do not hesitate to reach out to the team at Enhance® Medical Center. Call or email us today.