You’ve achieved it! You accomplished your goal and experienced an amazing transformation through the cosmetic surgery you selected. Well done!
Now, it’s only natural that even after discussing everything with your surgeon and patient coordinator prior to the procedure, post-operative inquiries may resurface. This is entirely normal.
Worry not. We will supply you with tailored post-operative instructions for your specific situation, but rest assured, we are always here to support you and address your concerns around the clock, even if you need clarification on the same query multiple times. We’ve got your back!
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Below are some frequently asked questions we encounter following surgery.
When can I shower after surgery?
The appropriate time to shower depends on your particular surgery and circumstances. We advise patients to refrain from showering until they receive our approval, which usually occurs during the first post-operative appointment.
Please avoid all baths, swimming pools, hot tubs, and any form of complete immersion or soaking in water until we provide clearance. Generally, this could take a few weeks or even a month after your surgery.
Why does swelling affect one side of my body more than the other?
Experiencing asymmetry after surgery is completely expected in the early recovery phase. This is often a worry for patients who have undergone breast-related procedures, especially breast augmentation. However, regardless of the type of surgery, be it liposuction or Brazilian butt lift (BBL), having uneven swelling on one side of the body compared to the other is entirely normal.
Every part of the body is unique and recovers at its own pace and in its distinct way. Don’t be alarmed if one breast appears larger than the other initially or if one buttock seems more swollen. As your body takes the necessary time to heal, symmetry will gradually emerge.
Will taking codeine help me to sleep better?
Keep in mind that codeine is meant to alleviate pain. If you opt for codeine-based medication before bedtime, its purpose should be to ensure your comfort while you rest. It is not intended to serve as a sleep aid.
Experiencing a less-than-perfect sleep on the first night after surgery is normal. However, to help you return to your regular sleep routine, it’s advisable to avoid daytime napping. While we encourage you to rest, it’s not necessary to sleep during the day. Doing so can impact your nighttime sleep, particularly if you’re not accustomed to napping regularly.
What is the best sleeping position after surgery?
The optimal sleep position after surgery depends on the specific procedure you’ve undergone. At Centre for Surgery, we recommend the following sleeping positions to facilitate a comfortable and safe recovery:
- Breast surgery patients: For the first week, sleep on your back, after which you can switch to your side. Refrain from sleeping on your stomach for at least a month. On the first night, sleep with elevation, but thereafter, you may choose to sleep flat or slightly elevated, according to your preference.
- BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) patients: For the initial two weeks, sleep on your stomach. After this period, you can return to your usual sleeping position.
- Tummy tuck patients: During the first week, sleep in a “V” shape with your back raised and your legs elevated. Afterwards, you can sleep on your back or side, but avoid sleeping on your stomach for six weeks. How to Sleep Better after a Tummy Tuck – Best Sleeping Positions
- Rhinoplasty or facelift patients: Sleep on your back with elevation for the first week. Following this period, you can switch to your side, provided you’re careful not to put pressure on the treated facial areas.
Adhering to these guidelines will help ensure a smoother and more comfortable recovery process, allowing your body the best opportunity to heal from your procedure.
Can I go for a walk the day after surgery?
In the first week following surgery, it’s crucial to strike a balance between avoiding complete inactivity and not raising your blood pressure. While we don’t recommend going for a walk the day after surgery, it’s important to get up and move every hour or so for brief periods.
After the first week, a gentle walk is acceptable (except for tummy tuck patients, who should wait two weeks). However, refrain from engaging in strenuous activities or resuming your regular exercise routine until one month to six weeks after your procedure, depending on the specific surgery you’ve undergone. Following these guidelines will help promote a smoother and safer recovery process.
How long should I wear my post-surgery garment?
For breast procedures, you should wear your post-operative garment for one month after surgery. For body procedures, extend the wearing period to six weeks.
When is it safe to engage in sexual activity after surgery?
While it is generally safe to have sex two weeks post-surgery, you may find it more comfortable to wait until about one month, depending on your specific procedure.
When can I safely tan after my cosmetic procedure?
Wait for at least two months before tanning the surgical area. Be sure to cover any scars, as they should not be exposed to sunlight for at least one year post-surgery.
Is sunless tanning an option?
Sunless tanning methods, such as spray tans, are safe to use two weeks after surgery. However, remember to protect your scars from exposure. Always wear sunscreen when venturing outdoors to protect your skin and promote a healthier recovery.
When can I smoke again?
To promote optimal healing, refrain from smoking for at least one month or longer after your surgery.
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When is it acceptable to consume alcohol?
Avoid alcohol until you have completed your post-operative prescription medications, which is typically around five days after surgery. However, as alcohol acts as a blood thinner, consume it in moderation during your recovery period.
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