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IMPORTANT POST-SURGICAL RECOMMENDATIONS



• Plastic surgeries can help reduce problems caused by aging, fat or genetics.  
  But the results don’t last forever and the patient should engage in a healthy   
  lifestyle. 
• Depending on the procedure, the surgeon will recommend a rest period and  
  getting back to a daily routine should take days. 
• Make-up should not be worn in any treated area.
• Keep proper hygienic conditions to avoid an infection. 
• Take only the pain medication prescribed by the Doctor.
• Do not apply anything on your incisions that has not been prescribed for you. 
• Use only soap and water to clean the place of incision.
• If there is persistent redness or if you have a fever, bring this symptoms up to our nurse's attention, we'll treat you and consult with your doctor at once. 

Here are some frequent questions that could help you as a guide for the recovery process. These cares can vary so you should better ask the surgeon for your specific care. 

Facelift - forehead lift - eyelids

Every operation, no matter how minor, is accompanied by swelling. The amount varies from person to person and it is difficult to predict. Swelling or inflammation is a natural body reaction. It is due to the new tissue fluids brought into the surgery area to promote healing.

Swelling may become greater after the first or second day. It is generally worse in the mornings when you wake up, especially along the eyelids and the jaw line. This is not serious or an indication that something is wrong with your operation. It is normal. In most patients, 80 to 90 percent of swelling will be gone in 3-4 weeks. The rest could take 9 to 12 months and sometimes more.

To obtain a satisfactory recovery, follow these instructions carefully:


1) Stay upright as much as possible (sitting, standing or walking around.)
2) Do not bend over or lift heavy objects for ten days.
3) Avoid hitting or bumping your face and neck. It is advisable not to pick up small children, play ball or contact sports for one month.
4) Sleep with the head of the bed elevated for one week. To accomplish this, place two or three pillows under the mattress at the head of the bed.
5) Apply cold pads on the eyelids for 2 days, as much as you can.
6) Avoid sunning the face for two months.
7) Avoid using a hair dryer for two weeks.
8) Avoid "pull-over clothing" during the first two weeks. Wear clothes that fasten either in the front or the back.
9) No swimming, strenuous athletic activity or exercises that involve turning the head for one month.
10) Try to keep the face and neck stiff. Do not move the face and neck excessively. Try to turn the head, neck and shoulders as a unit for two weeks.
11) Avoid excessive use of face and neck muscles for 10 days. No chewing gum or chewing hard foods. Avoid talking too much, yawning with the mouth widely opened, grinning and smiling.

Daily post-operative care

1) Twenty four hours after the bandage and drains are removed you must take a shower every day during the first week. Shampoo your hair with a shampoo. Don't be afraid to get the sutures around the eyes wet when showering.
2) Hair cannot be tinted or colored for three weeks.
3) Make-up may be worn on the face from five days after surgery. But, not over the incisions for 10 days.
4) Smoking is known to delay healing. When you smoke the blood supply to the skin is reduced. To minimize possible complications such as skin loss, lack of healing and bad scarring, smokers must refrain from using tobacco four weeks before and four weeks after surgery.

Convalescent period

The following post-operative conditions are normal and should not cause alarm:

1) The entire face and neck will be swollen. This will start reducing after the second day. About 80% will be gone in 3-4 weeks. The rest will take 9 to 12 months and in a few cases more. Swelling will be asymmetric and changeable. The face will temporarily look deformed and irregular. Be patient with the healing process.
2) Bruising, black and blue, although generally localized, may be distributed throughout the face and neck. Usually it
lasts 1-2 weeks. The color may be purple, green or yellow.
3) Numbness is customary around ears, cheeks and under the chin. The feeling or sensation will return slowly over several months.
4) Dimpling of cheeks and neck occurs. You could feel small "lumps" and skin irregularities. They usually disappear within 4-6 weeks.
5) Pain on the neck and around the ears, especially when touched, may persist for several weeks.
6) A feeling of tightness behind the ears and upper neck will last a few weeks. The neck may feel firm. It will eventually
soften. This tightness usually peaks during the second or third week.
7) The convalescence period varies from person to person. Although most bruising disappears in a few weeks, residual swelling may last for months. Your appearance generally will be presentable in 3- 6 weeks, but healing continues for up to one year or more. Months after surgery, you may suddenly experience some swelling in certain areas. Healing is not completed as long as there is swelling and sensitivity in some areas. Thus the final appearance has not been achieved. Be patient. The healing process takes time and each patient's time frame is unique to that individual.

Face and eyes:

1)Our nurses will take off the bandages the day after the surgery and will also   wash your face and hair gently using shampoo and antibacterial soap. 
2)From the next day on, hair will be washed daily. 
3)The patient should sleep using two pillows to keep the head raised and we'll provide this wedges at CheTica. 
4)The hands or a very soft brush, should be used to comb the hair for the next two weeks after the surgery. Later, the patient can use a regular brush. 
5)Walk for a few minutes everyday inside your cottage or outside in the patio, CheTica has lovely grounds to enjoy an outside stroll. 
6)It is better to remain seated during the day than laid down, CheTica provides a reclining chair for your comfort. 
7)Make up shouldn’t be used until a week later. 
8)Contact lenses can be used a week after the surgery. 
9)Wait at least a week to color your hair. 
10) Don’t use a hair dryer for at least two weeks or allow your nurse to help you very gently.
11) Don’t bend for a week.
12) Side sleeping is allowed since the surgery day. 
13) You can wear glasses a day after the surgery. 
14) Exercises are not allowed until one month after the surgery.

Breast augmentation, reduction or mammoplasty.
1) Don’t take off your bra for two days. 
2) After two days, you can take off your bra and our staff will wash it daily with soap and water. 
3) The bra should be worn during day and night at least for two weeks. 

Abdomen:
1) Try to walk since the surgery day. If you cannot, you should begin the next day. Walk for four to five minutes five times a day. Our nurse will assist you.
2) You will be taking a bath daily, our nurse will provide with all the needed help. 
3) Keep your feet raised when seated. This can be done by resting your feet on a table or seating on the bed. Our reclining chair have a raised foot rest .
4) Since the surgery day, the patient must breath deep and must cough every 15 minutes.
5) Our nurse will cover the wound with gauze or sanitary towels 
( at no extra charge ) mainly in the sites of drainage.
6) Don’t exercise for a month.
7) Our nurse will be sure that you take the medication prescribed by the surgeon. 
8) Wear the body garment during day and night for 15 days. After three weeks, you can wear it only during the day for two more weeks. 

Liposuction:
1) The patient must wear the body garment for 48 hours. 
2) After 48 hours, you should change your body garment and our nurse will help you with your bath. 
3) After two days, the patient must take a daily shower and our nurse will help you.
4) Don’t exercise for four weeks. 
5) Avoid sun exposure on the treated areas for three months. If you expose before, you must use sun block and a wide brim hat.

Nose:
1) Our nurse will change the bandage every time as necessary. 
2) Keep the dorsal nasal plaster dry. 
3) Avoid any physical effort for two weeks. 
4) Don’t bend for two weeks. 
5) Don’t exercise for a month.6) Don’t wear glasses during the healing process