Helpful Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips

By Dr. Randy Rudderman
In Plastic Surgery Articles

Plastic Surgery Recovery 101

So you have finally decided to have that procedure you have been wanting for years.  Your pre-operative appointment is complete, and you are almost ready for surgery. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to aid your recovery process.

 -Do have a good support team. Pick a supportive friend or family member to take you to and from the surgery center on the day of surgery.  You should have someone spend the night with you, and take you to your post op appointment the next morning.

 -Don’t wait until the day of surgery to pick up medications.  You will want to go directly home to rest after surgery, and have your medications available as soon as you may need them.

-Do grocery shop prior to the surgery, and be sure to stock up on bottled water, fruits, vegetables, magazines, books, or whatever else you think you may want.

-Do have the proper attire. Drawstring pants, pajama pants, and hoodies are ideal for your post op wardrobe. You want to be comfortable, and you want clothing that can hide drains.

-Don’t overdo it. You may feel great after surgery, but remember you are still post op. Save household chores such as laundry, vacuuming, and dish washing for others in your household.

-Do attend all follow up appointments. These appointments are necessary to the healing process and provide a great opportunity to address any concerns.

-Do be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and recovery takes time. Follow post op instructions properly for to minimize downtime and achieve the best results.

If plastic surgery is in your future, follow these tips to achieve a successful recovery.  Lastly, if you ever have any questions about recovery, do not hesitate to ask.



Dr. Randy Rudderman

Dr. Randy Rudderman

Since 1989, Dr. Randy Rudderman has been in private Plastic Surgery practice in Atlanta, focusing on the full range of aesthetic procedures – eyelid surgery, breast augmentation and breast lifts, liposuction, abdominoplasty, facelifts and facial reconstruction, among others. He also has a distinguished career in the reconstructive surgery arena, including facial and breast reconstruction. He has worked as a key member of teams from several prestigious organizations – including the AO-ASIF (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation) Foundation in Davos, Switzerland, and has conducted research at Case Western Reserve University Medical Centers, CWRU Engineering School, and NASA – producing breakthroughs in joining the science of facial biomechanics and reconstructive Plastic Surgery with rapidly evolving technological innovations.

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