After a plastic surgery procedure, patients often feel so good about their new appearance and are motivated to adopt or maintain healthy habits in order to prolong the results of their surgery. If you are considering undergoing plastic surgery soon, here are some things you should do to maintain results of your investment in yourself.
After you have plastic surgery, you will have a list of instructions to follow to care for your incisions and ensure proper healing. It’s crucial that you follow these instructions carefully for the best results and to maintain your results. While your surgeon will take great care to place incisions in areas that can be easily hidden, scarring is inevitable for many surgeries. Taking good care of your skin and especially the incision after surgery will help the incisions heal properly and the scars fade well over time. Try to minimize sun exposure on your scar and wear sunscreen. If you are given topical creams and ointments to care for your incisions, make sure you use them as directed. A proper skin care routine will also help minimize the appearance of scars and enhance results. Your surgeon and his team can make recommendations on products to use.
A healthy diet and regular exercise will take you a long way in life, and these are especially key to a successful recovery from surgery. Often, plastic surgery consists of body contouring procedures and fat removal procedures. Once the fat is removed, it’s gone for good. But remaining fat cells in other areas of the body can expand if you gain weight. Expanding fat cells and stretching skin are risks if you fluctuate in weight after plastic surgery procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck.
While you are focused on eating right and exercising for your health, it’s a good idea to take a look at other lifestyle factors. If you smoke, it’s a good idea to quit. Nicotine can affect your body’s ability to heal properly and lead to recovery complications. If you drink alcohol, be sure to do so in moderation or cut back entirely.