Plastic surgery is becoming commonplace today, with things like nose jobs and facelifts becoming almost daily procedures in some large cities. Of course, there are a number of psychological and emotional benefits to such procedures, but only if they are done correctly. Also, even if the surgeon performs these procedures smoothly, there are still some things that need to be considered after the surgery itself, and one of the most important is the need for postoperative therapy. There are also some things to consider before considering something like this, outside of an emergency situation where the procedure is reconstructive and not aesthetic in nature.
The first thing to consider would be the reasons for the intervention in the first place. If the procedure is not intended to repair damaged tissue and is purely cosmetic, plastic surgeons often ask the patient to speak to a psychologist before agreeing to the procedure. There are a myriad of reasons for this, one of which is to reduce the chances of mistakenly performing a procedure to “perfect” someone’s appearance on a person who is psychologically unable to recognize the absence of defects. The most ethical plastic surgeons are willing to perform surgeries only on people who require them or who don’t have some kind of psychological problem that can cause problems if the surgery is performed. However, this is simply what to do before going under the knife and what needs to happen next is a completely different scenario.
There can be a number of things to keep in mind when it comes to postoperative therapy, especially in the case of plastic surgery. For example, in the case of liposuction, there is usually a certain number of days of minimal or controlled consumption of food. This is because everything that was done during the procedure takes time to “stick”, so to speak. Not only do binges harm what liposuction was supposed to do, but they can also cause additional harm as side effects.
Generally, the surgeons themselves will inform their patients about what to do and what to avoid before being discharged. Everything they say has to be followed in an almost religious way, because these procedures and limitations were designed to help the body fully heal after whatever has been done. Yes, there is a recovery time after the surgical procedure itself, but the body takes longer to truly “acclimate”. Some types of cosmetic surgery procedures may also require the use of certain medications, with various effects. Some are designed to help the body accept changes, while others are used to reduce some negative symptoms, such as pain.
The precautions to be taken after the fact are valid even when the procedure is of a reconstructive nature. These types of medical procedures can sometimes be quite invasive, with a number of techniques available that require excision of areas of the patient’s body and opening pathways for deeper cavities. Ultimately, these procedures take time for the body to fully recover from them, just like other forms of surgery.