Summary: Plastic surgery has a reputation as being “the easy way.” It’s the “easy way” to get a flat tummy, the “easy way” to lose weight, the “easy way” to look younger. Some of these statements are true(ish). Plastic and cosmetic surgeons have gone to great lengths to perfect techniques, to diminish intensity, and improve results—in other words, decreasing pain and increasing happiness. And this is certainly true of something like Botox, Juvederm, or other wrinkle treatments. The so-called lunch hour procedures have a well-earned reputation for convenience.
Room for Recovery
But that doesn’t mean plastic surgery is always necessarily easy. In fact, many procedures have distinct challenges. A lower body lift, for example, requires several months of recovery. Even common procedures, such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation, can necessitate long periods of lessened activity. If you’re lucky, your plastic surgery service will offer an on-site recovery suite, such as the one at Austin plastic surgery clinic Precision Plastic Surgery, for added relaxation after the procedure.
You Need Support
This means that it’s exceptionally important to have a strong support system in place when you elect to undergo your procedure, whatever that procedure may be. The first thing you’ll notice during your recovery is that everyday, normal tasks suddenly become exceptionally difficult. The good news is that, with a little planning, you can make life a little bit easier. So let’s take a look at some of the every day things that can get a little complicated.
During recovery, we like to eat good, home-cooked meals. But the home-cooking gets difficult. There are a few ways you can stock up on healthy foods while not having to rely on your own cooking skills.
- Prepare easy-to-heat meals or crock pot meals ahead of time.
- Ask neighbors to cook or bring food
- Ask your family to cook for you. Show them a few of your favorite meals ahead of time.
Okay, so this one is a little bit more problematic. You can go to your neighbor and hint that you might like a casserole while you’re recovering, but you can’t really go to your co-worker and see if they might do some of your work for you. First and foremost, you should talk to your plastic surgeon to get an accurate picture of how much time you’ll miss at work. In other words, don’t rely on estimates you read online—everybody is different, and recovery times will vary with the procedure and the body you have.
So clear your time off work. See if you can work remotely for some time. And, if possible, hand off some of your work to a willing co-worker—with your boss’s approval, of course.
It should also be noted that you don’t necessarily have to tell your boss the nature of the procedure you’re undergoing.
It’s important to find a way to manage your children while you’re recovering from your procedure. If you have very small children, even something as simple as leaning over and picking up your child can jeopardize the results of your procedure.
- Call friend and family to help you with your children
- Arrange for a long weekend at the grandparent’s house
- Hire a short term nanny
- Have an open door policy with your neighbors
- Discuss the procedure with your children before hand: let them know that you won’t be able to do some of the usual things you’re used to doing.
Overall, your kids will be pretty understanding, especially if you have that conversation with them before hand. It’s also important to note that one of the biggest enemies you’ll be battling is pressure: the pressure to keep your house clean, the pressure to keep your kids in check. During your recovery, you need to give yourself permission to have a dirty house and rowdy kids. Sometimes, that’s just the only way.
Keep things low key
At the end of the day, you’ve got to honor your recovery. Pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down, and that’s doubly true while you’re recovering. Your job after surgery is to listen to your body as well as listen to your plastic surgeon. You’ll both be safeguarding the quality work you paid for, after all. Which is why recovery is one of the most important stages of your procedure. Ask for help and listen to your body, and you’ll be thrilled with the results.