Typically, patients are seen in the office within the first few days after their surgery to see how they are healing. A number of things are gone over at that first post-op appointment. Here are some things to expect from us:
Although, post-care is gone over at all appointments and before you leave the hospital, it is gone over once again after you have surgery. This generally can include having a good support system at home, no heavy lifting or working out, relaxing and taking it easy, maintaining a healthy diet, and drinking plenty of water. You can always find our discharge instructions on our website for your specific procedure under patient forms.
At the first post-op appointment, the dressings will be taken off and your incisions will be closely examined. This can include any foam padding and wraps given at the time of surgery. The patient is then given a more comfortable compression garment to wear, if you do not have one already.
Compression garments are a great way to help reduce swelling after surgery. For example, tummy tuck patients typically wear binders and breast augmentation or reduction patients wear compressive sports-like bras. We recommend that you continue to wear your compression garments 24/7 for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Of course, you can take the garment off for small breaks and to wash it, but the more you wear the compression garment, the better your healing process will be.
Drains (if any):
Drains help to collect any excess fluid that can collect in your body after your surgery. Some procedures that involve drains in post-care are a tummy tuck, some breast procedures, and facelift and neck lift surgeries. If you have drains after your procedure, be sure to keep track of the output for every 24 hours and report this to your Dr. Dawli at each appointment so that she can best know when to remove the drains.
Symptoms and Medication Updates:
You and Dr. Dawli will discuss your current symptoms and medications given for post-surgery. Going over any possible symptoms and side effects you may feel is helpful to know which medications to continue or stop taking.
Having plastic surgery is exciting, and we look forward to helping you every step of the way.