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How to Prepare and Recover From Your Facial Reconstruction

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How to Prepare and Recover From Your Facial Reconstruction
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Facial reconstruction may be necessary, or cosmetic. Whatever the case may be, the procedure requires preparation and recovery time. It is important that you learn both how to prepare for the reconstruction and how to recover after so you can make it through both as painlessly as possible.

Preparation

Consider the Costs

There's much more to the cost of facial reconstruction in Beverly Hills (and the rest of the world) than just the procedure itself. You also have to consider the time you may have to take off work, resulting in a loss of wages. You'll want to spend extra on the supplies you'll need while you're recovering. If you're getting a procedure that can improve a medical condition, then insurance may cover it. All of these costs and circumstances together should be considered before you make the decision to have this procedure.

Stock Up on Post-Surgery Supplies

You'll want to stock up on some essentials for when your surgery is over. Doing so will ensure you have what you need at home so you can recuperate and not have to worry about how you'll get the items you require. Make sure you have lots of ice on hand. Have microwavable meals and foods that are easy to make so you won't have to exert energy standing up and cooking. Have magazines, streaming service subscriptions, books and plenty of entertainment options to keep you occupied.

Ask Questions

You may want to ask your surgeon questions about how the recovery process will go. Prepare yourself so you fully know what to expect. Ask about the medications you'll need, how to wash your face, when normal activities can be resumed, and anything else you're curious about. Most of these answers should be offered up without you asking, but keep them in mind just in case something is missed during your consultation.

Avoid Aspirin and Smoking

In preparation for your procedure, you'll be advised to avoid taking aspirin and stop smoking. You may need to quit within 24 hours or longer of your surgery time. Taking aspirin, smoking, using other anti-inflammatory agents, and even herbal supplements may all contribute to increased bleeding. For minimal bleeding during your surgery, these things should be avoided.

Recovery

Time Off Work

Complete healing can take more than 6 weeks in some cases. You'll want to prepare to stay in the hospital for at least a day or two and be out of work for at least a week. Following that, you may need limitations at work so you aren't doing any strenuous activities. Make sure you schedule the appropriate amount of time off work so you can stay home to rest and recover.

Scarring

Some procedures may leave scarring. Listen to your surgeon's advice regarding what to do and what not to do immediately following your procedure. You may not be able to use scar treatments for some time after the reconstruction is complete. Once you are able, however, you can look into scar treatment options that may help to keep your scarring minimal and your skin looking smooth. Certain scar gels and oils may help.

Follow-Up

Expect a follow-up with your surgeon. Your specific type of face reconstruction, lift, or similar procedure will determine when this needs to be. Your surgeon may want to look at how you're healing and determine whether you need an additional procedure down the line or if the right results were achieved.

It is important to prepare for your facial reconstruction procedure. It is also imperative that you follow recovery recommendations. You want to help put your mind at ease so you can get through the process much more comfortably and with less stress.

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