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Do’s and Don’ts After Having a Surgery

Surgeries, no matter how small or insignificant there are to you, are still delicate procedures that require proper aftercare.

There are a few but very important things you should and should not do in the first weeks following the surgical procedure. You have to be mindful of your every action to be able to recover fully a lot faster and avoid unwanted complications.

Do’s

Do follow your doctor’s prescriptions. Take the medications as advised – for the entire period of time your doctor has directed. There are wounds that go deeper than you assume; they need proper medications taken at the right dosages for a specific amount of time for your complete healing.

Do ask for someone to help you while you are still recovering from surgery.  Even though you trust that you are fully capable even when you have incision wounds, you will recover much quicker if you limit your movements and you stick to doing only light tasks in the meantime. Engaging in difficult activities such as lifting or pushing weighty items can result in excessive bleeding.

Do clean your wounds as directed by the doctor. Ensure that your incisions are clean, protected, and dry at all times to prevent infection.

Don’ts

Don’t engage in workouts while recovering. Activities that require major physical movements can add stress to the body and slow down healing.

Don’t stop taking your medications sooner than what your doctor advised. Your doctor knows what’s best for you so it’s better for you to follow their directions.

Don’t refuse taking painkillers. Painkillers can help you control and tolerate the pain. When you refuse painkillers, chances are you suppress doing many things because of the aches. This might seem okay for some activities you should really be avoided – such as backbreaking house chores. But if you suppress something that’s natural such as coughing, you risk developing respiratory problems, such as pneumonia.

Don’t try and get back to work too soon. Plan to be off for the required amount of time. My friend from Vancouver Asbestos Pros had a surgery and tried to get back to work after a week and ended up splitting open his stitches. Don’t be like him!



Things You Didn’t Know About Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular types of reconstructive surgeries people undergo today. Contrary to the common misconception, breast augmentation isn’t just done to patients wanting to have bigger breasts purely for aesthetic reasons; some patients who have undergone mastectomy also choose to go for breast augmentation.

If you are are planning to have your breasts implanted for whatever reason, here are some things you might find interesting and even useful about breast augmentation:

1. There are two types of breast implants — namely silicone gel breast implants and saline breast implants:

Silicone gel implants are softer to the touch but will result in a bigger scar since the incision needed for the implant to be placed in the breast will be bigger.

Saline implants are firmer and will leave you with a smaller scar because the implant itself is empty one placed inside the breast. The implants will then be filled with saline one they are placed in the breasts.

2. Implants should be replaced after a few years. No matter the type of your implant, whether silicone gel or saline, it will deteriorate over the years. Implants won’t last a lifetime and will have ruptures after some time. Therefore, you have to prepare to spend on them again after a few years.

3. While breast augmentation generally does not impede a woman from breastfeeding, there are a few reports that the milk supply of some women who have breast implants was affected by the surgery.

4. If you undergo breast augmentation, you are most likely to lose all sensations on your nipples.

5. It will take at least seven days to recover from breast augmentation. But, the breasts might still be tender or sore up until three weeks after surgery. Until you are fully recovered, it is strongly advised by most doctors to avoid doing strenuous tasks such as lifting heavy objects or swimming. Keeping your breasts fully supported during the recovery period is something you should do as well.



How You Should Prepare for Surgery

Before undergoing any type of surgery, most of the time, your surgeon will describe the procedure to you so that you know what will happen and have an idea of what you can expect from the surgical procedure.

 

Upon consultation, the surgeon will also let you know what you should and should not do before the surgery.

 

It might also be quite helpful for you to know how you should prepare for your surgery on your own so it would not come as a shock when the doctor finally advises you on what to do.

 

For most surgeries, you would be asked to bathe or cleanse your body before the procedure. Some doctors will require you to use a specific bathing soap, usually issued by the clinic or the hospital, to ensure that your body will be cleansed thoroughly.

 

Major surgical procedures and most surgeries that involve the digestive system require fasting for hours before the scheduled surgery. The length of time for fasting depends on the type of surgery: there are procedures that require fasting for 12 hours, there is some that call for the fasting for 8 hours. During fasting, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything.

 

More often than not, surgeries will involve using anesthesia on the patient to block the pain. One of the common side effects of anesthesia is drowsiness or dizziness, therefore you should prepare for it by having someone accompany you – especially on your way home from the clinic if it will be an outpatient surgery. Even if it will be an inpatient surgery, you still need someone to assist you (help you eat, help you when you need to go to the toilet, and so on).

 

There will also be medications that the doctor will disallow you to take prior to surgery. This could include something as common as aspirin, so you have to pay attention to what your doctor has to say to guard your own safety.



Questions to Ask Yourself Before Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery

Today, there are millions of people from all around the world who have experienced getting cosmetic surgeries: nose lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, and many other types of surgeries to enhance one’s natural beauty.

 

Seeing numerous celebrities do it almost every day, it is unsurprising why so many people are interested in getting one for themselves. If you are interested in trying it, too, there are several things you have to take into consideration first and there are important questions to ask yourself:

 

Why do you want to get cosmetic surgery, anyway?

 

Before anything else, you have to admit to yourself why you want to undergo cosmetic surgery. Do you have any underlying problem that pushes you to go under the knife? Do you suffer from depressive thoughts from time to time and you think it will be cured by having some physical enhancements? The thing is, at times, there are some individuals who think that aesthetic surgery will help get rid of depression or other mental disorders – while, in reality, it will not. If you are suffering from depression, consult a mental health professional instead so you can get to the root of the problem.

 

Are there any other non-surgical ways to achieve the result you want?

 

While there’s nothing that could stop you from getting a cosmetic surgery if you really want it, you should also ask yourself if there are alternative ways for you to get the physical changes you want. For instance, if you want to lose weight through liposuction, have you considered trying following a strict low-fat diet and engaging in the regular workout instead? A healthy diet and regular physical exercise will cost way less (and hurt less) than undergoing cosmetic surgery.

 

Are you fit enough to undergo surgery?

 

Cosmetic surgery is still a surgical procedure. You have to be physically fit to ensure that you will be safe during the actual procedure. Prior to booking your appointment for an aesthetic surgery, consult a doctor and make sure that you have no health problems that could have an impact on the surgery you are about to have.




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