Plastic Surgery Recovery

Plastic Surgery Recovery

Promote Plastic Surgery Recovery With Supplements

Plastic Surgery of any kind can be painful and hard process to go through. Luckily, there are certain supplements that can be taken before and after the procedure to prepare your body for the intricate process of repairing itself.

Some nutritional supplements help speed wound healing while others reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort such as pain and itch. Others are recommended to prepare your body for the intense experience and increase resilience.

Optimizing your post-surgical diet by eating healthy foods and taking supplements also improves the immune response and prevents wound infections, sepsis (blood poisoning), and other possible complications.

You must also be aware of Herbs, Supplements and Medications to Avoid prior to surgery

More people take some multi-vitamin or herbal supplement, but very few think to disclose their vitamins to their doctor and anesthesiologist prior to their surgery. After all, they’re just vitamins; they don’t count as a medication right? Wrong!

You may not have given much thought to this but herbs, and products that contain them, are packaged as nutritional supplements and will not provide warnings, dosage information or suggested usage instructions. As a result, many people incorrectly assume that a “natural” medicines are inherently safer than a pharmaceutical drug.

This is not only untrue; it’s an assumption that can be dangerous if a person is facing any surgery, whether it’s plastic surgery or not. Many people are planning plastic surgery fail to disclose their herbal supplement use out of fear of being ridiculed by their doctor. (Who would think that licorice could be dangerous?)The fact is, your doctors want and need to know what you are taking to ensure your safe recovery. We have compiled a list of herbs, vitamins and supplements you should avoid and inform your surgeon. Available to download

Vitamin CVitamin C Capsules

Vitamin C supplementation is highly recommended by experts. It helps promote healing, and it is the key nutrient required for making collagen, which is what heals your tissue together.

It plays an essential role in collagen formation, a resilient immune function, and as a tissue antioxidant. Also, it is a free-radical scavenger.

Without proper amounts of vitamin C good healing is not possible. Additional vitamin C intake before, during, and after the operation is especially recommended for those who smoke and others who may risk being deficient.

It is recommend to take vitamin C to anyone with an open wound because there is evidence that it helps them heal faster. Highly recommend  following an injury to the skin because it builds collagen, and many surgeon have long used it post-operatively .

ZincZinc supplements

The next supplement and possibly one of the most important is zinc. Medical research has shown that zinc supplements can increase the speed of healing dramatically.

Zinc has reduced healing time after surgery by 43% in some cases. It plays a vital role in the immune system can reduce inflammation, bacterial growth, and scar tissue creation, whereas a deficiency can worsen the scar.

Zinc also helps to aid proper metabolism, balance blood sugar, and increase sensory perception.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B has just recently been noticed for its benefits in the healing process. However, there is limited information on its exact advantages and function in the healing process.

Vitamin B complex is thought to speed up wound healing, increase protein synthesis and a number of repair cells at the wound. It also prevents excessive inflammation. Vitamin B5 is particularly beneficial right after the wound occurs.

Opt for either a Vitamin B complex or a multi-nutrient that contains 25 to 50 mg of the B complex vitamins.

Another important supplement is vitamin A. it is required in cell growth (especially epithelial and bone formation), which is very important in the healing process that takes place after surgery. It is known to activate production of connective tissue, including collagen (promotes tissue synthesis), and helps new blood vessels grow , which is necessary in nourishing newly formed tissue. Vitamin A  also enhances resistance to infection by stimulating the body’s immune function.

 Arnica

ArnicaA very popular supplement is Arnica Montana. Arnica is a mountain extract that has been used for many years.

It helps reduce and clear bruising, and it also speeds the healing process after surgery. Available as a cream and in capsules available from most chemist or natural remedy shops.Probiotics

Probiotics are not only known for their specific healing benefits regarding certain surgeries, but they are known to have beneficial effects in general.

Surgery patients often receive antibiotic treatment. This disrupts the gut flora and may create fungal disorders (including yeast infections), digestive problems, and diarrhea.

Probiotics can help neutralize these unwanted effects.After surgery, it’s recommended to use a strain that contains acidophilus and bifida bacteria.

Bromelain

Another well-known and popular substance is Bromelain. It is used to reduce bruising, swelling (edema), pain, and healing time. Certain claims are disputed because studies show mixed results.

Bromelain, also called ‘pineapple extract,’ is a combination of several compounds, including a large amount of a special protein-digesting enzyme. This enzyme is able to be digested and thus affect the blood and body, rather than just the stomach and intestines

Various studies however indicate that Bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, pain after surgery and physical injuries, and healing time. Bromelain is often used in conjunction with Quercetin.

Quercetin

Quercetin, a plant pigment naturally found in foods such as onions, is a so-called bioflavonoid. It promotes histamine release in the body and thus acts like an anti-inflammatory. Usually after surgery inflammation is a common response by the body.

While it is totally normal, it can be quite uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Luckily Quercetin is known for its anti-inflammatory traits. On top of that, it is also known in speeding up the healing process.

Why Take Supplements After Surgery?

Your dietary intake influences all kinds biological and chemical processes in your body. These processes affect how quickly one recovers after surgery.

Wound healing involves the activity of an intricate network of blood cells, tissue types, cytokines, and growth factors. This results in increased cellular activity, which causes an intensified metabolic demand for nutrients.

Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, ideally optimized with appropriate supplements, (e.g. vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) can enhance the surgical healing process.

Studies show that recovery rates times can be reduced dramatically in some cases.

Healthy diet aids surgical recovery
Healthy diet aids surgical recovery

Malnutrition results in less quick and less optimal healing of the body. Some people have a deficiency that may cause certain post-surgical complications.

Complications include;

  • inflammation,
  • infection,
  • not properly healing wounds.

Depletion of one or more vitamins or minerals can have a significant, negative influence on the healing process.

It is essential to avoid deficiencies but also people who do not have a deficiency can find valuable benefits if taking these substances.

In addition, non-dietary supplements can be beneficial to the healing process. For instance compression garments and post surgery aids.

Supplements To Assist Pre-Post Plastic Surgery Recovery

Promote Plastic Surgery Recovery With Supplements

Plastic Surgery of any kind can be painful and hard process to go through. Luckily, there are certain supplements that can be taken before and after the procedure to prepare your body for the intricate process of repairing itself.

Some nutritional supplements help speed wound healing while others reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort such as pain and itch. Others are recommended to prepare your body for the intense experience and increase resilience.

Optimizing your post-surgical diet by eating healthy foods and taking supplements also improves the immune response and prevents wound infections, sepsis (blood poisoning), and other possible complications.

You must also be aware of Herbs, Supplements and Medications to Avoid prior to surgery

More people take some multi-vitamin or herbal supplement, but very few think to disclose their vitamins to their doctor and anesthesiologist prior to their surgery. After all, they’re just vitamins; they don’t count as a medication right? Wrong!

You may not have given much thought to this but herbs, and products that contain them, are packaged as nutritional supplements and will not provide warnings, dosage information or suggested usage instructions. As a result, many people incorrectly assume that a “natural” medicines are inherently safer than a pharmaceutical drug.

This is not only untrue; it’s an assumption that can be dangerous if a person is facing any surgery, whether it’s plastic surgery or not. Many people are planning plastic surgery fail to disclose their herbal supplement use out of fear of being ridiculed by their doctor. (Who would think that licorice could be dangerous?)The fact is, your doctors want and need to know what you are taking to ensure your safe recovery. We have compiled a list of herbs, vitamins and supplements you should avoid and inform your surgeon. Available to download

Vitamin CVitamin C Capsules

Vitamin C supplementation is highly recommended by experts. It helps promote healing, and it is the key nutrient required for making collagen, which is what heals your tissue together.

It plays an essential role in collagen formation, a resilient immune function, and as a tissue antioxidant. Also, it is a free-radical scavenger.

Without proper amounts of vitamin C good healing is not possible. Additional vitamin C intake before, during, and after the operation is especially recommended for those who smoke and others who may risk being deficient.

It is recommend to take vitamin C to anyone with an open wound because there is evidence that it helps them heal faster. Highly recommend  following an injury to the skin because it builds collagen, and many surgeon have long used it post-operatively .

ZincZinc supplements

The next supplement and possibly one of the most important is zinc. Medical research has shown that zinc supplements can increase the speed of healing dramatically.

Zinc has reduced healing time after surgery by 43% in some cases. It plays a vital role in the immune system can reduce inflammation, bacterial growth, and scar tissue creation, whereas a deficiency can worsen the scar.

Zinc also helps to aid proper metabolism, balance blood sugar, and increase sensory perception.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B has just recently been noticed for its benefits in the healing process. However, there is limited information on its exact advantages and function in the healing process.

Vitamin B complex is thought to speed up wound healing, increase protein synthesis and a number of repair cells at the wound. It also prevents excessive inflammation. Vitamin B5 is particularly beneficial right after the wound occurs.

Opt for either a Vitamin B complex or a multi-nutrient that contains 25 to 50 mg of the B complex vitamins.

Another important supplement is vitamin A. it is required in cell growth (especially epithelial and bone formation), which is very important in the healing process that takes place after surgery. It is known to activate production of connective tissue, including collagen (promotes tissue synthesis), and helps new blood vessels grow , which is necessary in nourishing newly formed tissue. Vitamin A  also enhances resistance to infection by stimulating the body’s immune function.

 Arnica

ArnicaA very popular supplement is Arnica Montana. Arnica is a mountain extract that has been used for many years.

It helps reduce and clear bruising, and it also speeds the healing process after surgery. Available as a cream and in capsules available from most chemist or natural remedy shops.Probiotics

Probiotics are not only known for their specific healing benefits regarding certain surgeries, but they are known to have beneficial effects in general.

Surgery patients often receive antibiotic treatment. This disrupts the gut flora and may create fungal disorders (including yeast infections), digestive problems, and diarrhea.

Probiotics can help neutralize these unwanted effects.After surgery, it’s recommended to use a strain that contains acidophilus and bifida bacteria.

 

Bromelain

Another well-known and popular substance is Bromelain. It is used to reduce bruising, swelling (edema), pain, and healing time. Certain claims are disputed because studies show mixed results.

Bromelain, also called ‘pineapple extract,’ is a combination of several compounds, including a large amount of a special protein-digesting enzyme. This enzyme is able to be digested and thus affect the blood and body, rather than just the stomach and intestines

Various studies however indicate that Bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, pain after surgery and physical injuries, and healing time. Bromelain is often used in conjunction with Quercetin.

Quercetin

Quercetin, a plant pigment naturally found in foods such as onions, is a so-called bioflavonoid. It promotes histamine release in the body and thus acts like an anti-inflammatory. Usually after surgery inflammation is a common response by the body.

While it is totally normal, it can be quite uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Luckily Quercetin is known for its anti-inflammatory traits. On top of that, it is also known in speeding up the healing process.

Why Take Supplements After Surgery?

Your dietary intake influences all kinds biological and chemical processes in your body. These processes affect how quickly one recovers after surgery.

Wound healing involves the activity of an intricate network of blood cells, tissue types, cytokines, and growth factors. This results in increased cellular activity, which causes an intensified metabolic demand for nutrients.

Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet, ideally optimized with appropriate supplements, (e.g. vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals) can enhance the surgical healing process.

Studies show that recovery rates times can be reduced dramatically in some cases.

Healthy diet aids surgical recovery
Healthy diet aids surgical recovery

Malnutrition results in less quick and less optimal healing of the body. Some people have a deficiency that may cause certain post-surgical complications.

Complications include;

  • inflammation,
  • infection,
  • not properly healing wounds.

Depletion of one or more vitamins or minerals can have a significant, negative influence on the healing process.

It is essential to avoid deficiencies but also people who do not have a deficiency can find valuable benefits if taking these substances.

In addition, non-dietary supplements can be beneficial to the healing process. For instance compression garments and post surgery aids.

Post Breast Augmentation Massage

breast massage

Breast Implants are a foreign substance. Your body will naturally respond to an implant by creating scar tissue or a capsule. This capsule can become excessive; the results may include:

  •  Reduced size of the implant pocket
  • Restricted movement of the implant within the implant pocket
  • An unnaturally firm feeling to the breasts
  • A misshapen appearance to the breasts

Regular breast massage in the first 6 months following Breast Implant Surgery in Thailand can reduce the potential for these conditions by manipulating your implants so that they can move freely within the implant pocket.

Breast massage can also retain the contour and symmetry of your breasts, or to help gain breast symmetry where one implant may be slightly higher than the other.

When to perform breast massage:

The following exercises are the necessary steps to effective breast massage.

  • Begin the exercises 5-7 days after breast surgery, when it becomes tolerable to do so. Perform the entire set of exercises lying down at least 2 times each day for the first 3 months following surgery. While this may be uncomfortable when you first begin to perform the exercises, it is very important that you begin these exercises early. 
  • After 3 months, if your breasts feel soft and implants are moving freely, you may perform your exercises 1 times per day.
  • After 6 months and every day the first year, if your breasts feel soft and implants are moving freely, you may perform your exercises once per day or every other day.

Should you experience any sharp pain, hot or flushed breast skin, severe tightening or hardness at any time with your breast implants, please consult our office as soon as possible.

Note: In some cases, your Thailand Surgeon may recommend certain directions to not massage your implants. This will be discussed at your first post-op visit 7 days after your surgery in Thailand.

Note: Tear drop, anatomical, and/or textured implants are designed to adhere to the inner capsular tissues and, therefore, massage of these types of implants is not done, unless specified by your surgeon.

Download Breast implant massage instructions

What Do I Expect After Breast Implant Surgery

Breast Surgery recovery

Getting breast implants  or any Breast Surgery in Thailand is a big decision, one that thousand of women make each year. Along with the joy of having larger breasts comes the responsibility of taking care of one’s body. There are many things that you should be considering as you recover from breast augmentation in Phuket.

You need to accept that, the recovery process is just as important if not more than having the surgery, since this is the stage during which the risk of complications can be minimised by the choice you make!

Before you even travel to Thailand to get your breast implant surgery, your Client Manager will help you plan out your recovery, which be done prior to your departure It is important that you do not over commitment yourself to anything beyond resting and recovering, especially for the first few days following the operation, since this is the time when you will need the most rest and assistance from your travel companion or Group surgery coordinator.

Immediately following your breast augmentation, your chest will be wrapped in a tight surgical dressing. While it may be uncomfortable, the snugness is intended to prevent excess swelling.

Your Thailand Plastic Surgeon will place one or more drainage tubes at the surgical sites, which will allow fluids to leave your chest during the initial stage of healing. Upon your discharge from the hospital you will receive instructions explaining how to take care of your incision sites over the coming week until your check up.

You remain in hospital overnight after surgery to ensure you are observed and assistance provided as required after surgery. Besides being in no state to return to your recovery hotel, you will be groggy, heavily medicated and in need of help when performing basic tasks.

Fortunately, you should be able to walk with minimal assistance. In fact, it is always recommended that women get up and take a brief walk every hour or two during the first day after the operation. This will reduce the risk of blood clots.

After your  Breast Implant surgery in Thailand is complete, you will begin the recovery process. It’s important that you take good care of yourself during this time to ensure that your body has time to heal and look its best. Once you have made it through the first 24 hours of your recovery following breast augmentation, you are well on your way to healing and getting back on your feet. Read on to learn what to expect in the days and weeks following your surgery.
THE FIRST FEW DAYS

  • You may experience considerable discomfort. Breast augmentation incision sites can ache or throb, requiring use of prescription medications which will be provided to you at your discharge from hospital
  • Its normal to feel some stiffness, soreness, tenderness or itchiness of the breast during the first two to five days following surgery. Having the assistance of a friend can make it much easier to move around or manipulate objects.
  • You will probably feel fatigued and sore for several days after the breast augmentation surgery, so rest is essential.
  • It’s normal to experience a feeling of tightness in the breast area as your skin adjusts to your new breast size and your breast implants. You may also notice diminished feeling in your breasts and nipples during immediate recovery. Your plastic surgeon may recommend breast massage or other exercises to speed recovery and help alleviate any discomfort.
  • Your surgeon may ask you to wear a postoperative bra or compression wrap, for extra support and positioning while you heal.
  • It is common to experience bruising or discolouration after surgery. Typically, this goes away within days,within a month, post-operative swelling should be all but gone.

THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

  • When can you get up and starting moving again? Most surgeons will recommend doing regular walking and other light, non-strenuous activities within a day or two or surgery
  • Many women have trouble lifting their arms during the first week of recovery. Likewise, your surgeon will likely suggest that you avoid lifting, pulling or pushing anything, as well as exercising or doing anything that involves twisting your abdomen. Such activities can affect the speed at which your incisions heal.
  • It’s best to avoid any strenuous activities that could raise your pulse and blood pressure, or which require strenuous use of your arms and chest.
  • Your breasts may remain swollen and sensitive to physical contact for a month or longer.
  • Your surgeon will be able to provide you with more specific details about the recovery process. Contact your surgeon should any problems occur after your surgery.
  • Important note: If you experience a fever, or noticeable swelling and/or redness in your implanted breast(s), you should contact your surgeon immediately.