Seven Tips for a Successful Recovery

By Dr. Randy Rudderman
In Plastic Surgery Articles

So after days, months, or even years of considering plastic surgery, you have finally made the decision to schedule surgery. Your dream body will soon become a reality. Patients oftentimes inquire about what can help them have a speedy and successful recovery.

Here are some helpful tips for our patients.

  1. Get your life in order before surgery. Shop for groceries, run errands, and clean your home before surgery. Meal prepping is always helpful before surgery.   Cook healthy meals that can be frozen.  Having these tasks already done allows for you to relax and focus on recovery.
  2. Have your wardrobe ready before surgery. You will want comfy clothes to wear to surgery. Buttoned down shirts, zip-up hoodies, and drawstring pants are great for patients. Some patients even prefer to wear pajamas. Comfort is key!
  3. Rehydrate your body often. Surgery of any kind can reduce fluids in your body. Drinking water frequently will help replenish these lost fluids.
  4. Always attend your follow- up appointments. This is an easy way to have your questions answered by your surgeon while providing you with needed support during your recovery.
  5. Follow all post-op instructions as directed. Don’t engage in exercise or strenuous activities until advised to do so.
  6. Ask for help doing things. Although you may feel fine and well, remember you just had surgery. Take a break from carrying bags, vacuuming, laundry, etc. Friends and family can always lend a hand.
  7. Rest up! Sleep is one of the best and easiest ways to speed up recovery.

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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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