Helping You to Look After You: Cosmetic Surgery Aftercare

Posted on the 23 March 2016 at 16:26

For a prompt recovery after undergoing cosmetic surgery, it’s important that you follow strict recovery guidelines. If you don’t follow them, it could result in complications, infections or illnesses, which could easily have been avoided.

It’s essential that you adequately look after yourself when recovering from any type of cosmetic surgery. You’ll always be given advice by your own medical professional, but here are some things that you should also keep in mind.

Breast Augmentation

Following breast augmentation surgery, there are certain things that you should and shouldn’t do.

  • It’s likely that you will feel nauseated after surgery, something that can usually be reduced with specific types of anti-sickness medicine.
  • Due to stretching of the skin, it’s possible that you will experience redness, discolouration and swelling of the breasts. This will go away in time but you can apply special creams to help it out.
  • Give your body time to heal. This doesn’t mean that you have to be bed bound but we suggest taking it easy and cutting back on activities and exercise. Avoid any heavy lifting or pushing for at least 2-3 weeks.
  • If you don’t already, try to eat healthy food and cut back on any bad habits such as smoking and drinking.
  • There are special support bras that you can wear after surgery. This will give you the support you need to start the healing process. It’s often recommended that you wear this for at least a month before changing to a soft bra. 

Breast Augmentation

Facelift Surgery

After you’ve had facelift surgery you probably can’t wait to go out and show it off. However, you need to remember that healing takes time and the better you heal, the better the results will be.

  • You may experience discomfort for up to 2-3 days after surgery. You can be given painkillers to ease the pain.
  • Sleep with your head elevated to help relieve any swelling. You can simply do this by adding an extra pillow or two.
  • You should wait a few days to wash your hair and avoid wearing any makeup for at least 2 weeks.
  • Vigorous exercise should be avoided in the first few weeks.
  • Your doctor will advise you on avoiding sun exposure after surgery. This is to minimise the appearance of scars and bruises and to avoid getting sunburnt. Generally, direct sun exposure should be avoided for a few months after surgery. 

Face Lift and Rhinoplasty


Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that involves reshaping the nose – otherwise referred to as a ‘nose job’. It’s a relatively common type of surgery. Here is some important aftercare advice.

  • You should take baths instead of showers – especially whilst you still have bandages on your nose.
  • You shouldn’t blow your nose.
  • Wear clothes that don’t require being put over your head – stick to clothes that fasten at the front.
  • Try to avoid pulling any extreme facial expressions for the first few days.
  • You should avoid any situations in which your nose could get bumped for up to 6 weeks after rhinoplasty. This includes participating in certain sports, or spending a lot of time in crowded places, concerts or on public transport.
  • As with facelift surgery, you’ll be given advice on avoiding sun exposure after surgery. Most people are told to avoid direct exposure to the sun for a month or two after surgery.


Liposuction has a fairly quick recovery time – with normal activities being okay to resume after 2-3 weeks. In fact, a lot of people are back at work within 7 days. There are things you can do to aid recovery though, including the following.

  • Get plenty of rest! The amount of down time that you will need will depend on the surgery itself. The larger the surgical area, the more rest you will be advised to take.
  • You’ll be advised to wear a tight-fitting elastic compression garment during your first week to help heal the area quicker.
  • Take care of your incision area to avoid getting any infections. This means you should keep it covered as much as possible, avoiding soaking in the bath for too long and change your bandages regularly.
  • Control your weight. Gaining weight can affect the results of your surgery, so it’s important to keep the weight off as much as possible. Keep a steady weight by keeping active and eating a healthy diet.
  • Walking is recommended after surgery to reduce the chance of blood clots. It also helps to reduce swelling and helps with the healing process.

Cosmetic Surgery Aftercare

As you can see, your recovery period will depend on the type of surgery that you have had. However, there are also lots of general pieces of advice that you can follow. This includes getting plenty of rest, avoiding strenuous exercise and eating a healthy diet. You should also use cold compresses to ease swelling and discomfort – especially after facelift and rhinoplasty surgery.

Also, it doesn’t matter what surgery you’ve had, it’s important that you have a family member or friend help bring you home. They should stay with you for at least 24 hours – to help look after you and your needs.

If you feel at any point that something doesn’t feel right or you notice any unusual bleeding, you should contact your clinic ASAP. They will be able to advise you on the steps to take next.

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