Here are the six best ways to hasten your recovery after a cosmetic procedure.
- Nutrition is important
That’s because it has everything to do with healing. “All the component parts of wound healing and collagen production come from food,” Dr. Jeff Popp said. “Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and proteins are key in wound healing.”
In other words, you are what you eat. Wanna be a healthy healer? Be a healthy eater.
- Be a patient patient
The whole mind-body thing is important for healing. People who meditate and are more optimistic about whatever procedure they undergo tend to survive longer and do better.
“So the more stressed you are, the more stress hormones you produce and the more inflamed you become, the slower you heal,” he said.
- Embrace reality
The impetus for any cosmetic procedure is self-perception, Dr. Popp said.
“People perceive themselves as deficient – too many wrinkles, too fat, too big a nose – so when you think about that and then about surgery and how people view themselves afterward, it’s fascinating,” he said.
He said once they’re in the recovery process, people will self-analyze continually after a procedure. They will often focus on other aspects they view as flaws.
Dr. Popp’s advice? Lower your expectations.
“People who have lower expectations for anything in life will do better than those with higher expectations,” he said.
- Chill out
Many people don’t know whether you have a toenail removed or your earlobes repaired, that’s an assault on part of the body and the whole body can suffer.
“The body is one unit. Whether you pick on a little or a lot, it’s been assaulted. It needs to reset itself and that’s where rest comes in,” Dr. Popp said. “Getting good sleep is crucial because rest is when we release growth hormones to help us heal.”
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drinking fluids, especially water, is a good practice anytime, but particularly in recovery.
“In order for a power plant to produce energy, it needs tons of water for cooling,” he said. “Likewise, when the body heals, it needs lots of water to power the cells.”
If you don’t get enough fluids, you end up dehydrated, which can lead to nausea and vomiting. Then you’re even more dehydrated and caught in a vicious circle.
- Get moving
Dr. Popp said there isn’t a cosmetic procedure he knows where, within an hour after you reach Recovery, you shouldn’t be up and walking around.
“If a person can get some exercise – walking and moving around – they’ll heal and feel much better,” he said.
The worst thing you can do is just lie around.
The road to recovery may seem boring. In some cases, it’s like watching grass grow. But if you follow these six tips, you will make the recovery process easier and you’ll heal more quickly.