Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery

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Post-operative care after surgery helps patients achieve their optimal results. Most surgical patients experience some bruising and swelling that usually peaks at 3 days from surgery. Careful surgical technique, however, minimizes the bruising and swelling for most patients.

Peri-Operative Care

To encourage healing after face, nose or eyelid surgery, we utilize a Thera Pearl Face Mask
unique regimen of post-operative care that begins with copious icing and head elevation. To make icing easier, we recommend the TheraPearl Reusable Hot & Cold Therapy Face or Eye Mask. These masks utilize gel beads to better focus the cooling effect of the mask. Elevation of the head can be achieved by sleeping on a couple pillows, however, the Brentwood Home Zuma Therapeutic Foam Bed Wedge Pillow makes it easier and more comfortable to maintain the elevation in any sleeping position.

In addition to these therapies, for all surgeries we recommend most patients take anti-bruising supplements, such as SinEcch (Arnica Montana) and Bruizex (Bromelain), starting before surgery and continuing for about a month after surgery.

For Rhinoplasty patients, external taping with 3M Brand SteriStrips is sometimes used to help control swelling and to encourage the skin to “shrink-wrap” down around the refined nasal framework.

Scar Management Strategies

At about 10 – 14 days after surgery, post-operative scar management strategies are begun. These include the use of sunscreen, such as Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, to keep the incisions from getting too pink, gentle massage of the incisions and operative area, to encourage blood flow and to keep the scars from getting too raised, and the use of a silicone based scar gel, such as ScarAway 100% Silicone Self Drying Scar Repair Gel, to help encourage optimal scar maturation. These strategies are continued for the full scar maturation period of 9 months to a year.

By following these post-operative care recommendations, patients of Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery often recover quickly, experience less bruising and swelling, and can return to work or social engagements in 2-3 weeks.

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