You’ve made it through your procedure and the first 48 hours, and now you’re officially on the road to recovery. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you heal, to ensure you get the results you were hoping for.
Everyone’s healing process is different and depends upon a number of factors including: your genetic background, overall state of health and lifestyle (exercise, diet, smoking, drinking, etc). Many people believe the surgeon “heals” the patient, but all the doctor can do is facilitate the healing process. It’s up to you to cooperate and follow instructions in order to get the best results possible. The guidelines given by Dr. Zubowski are designed to promote the healing process, prevent the occurrence of anything that may interfere with recovery, and give you the best opportunity for healing without delay or surprise.
Complications are very infrequent. When they occur, it’s more than likely a result of the patient’s failure to follow instructions. Should the unexpected occur, we will support you through any difficulties and assist you in reaching your cosmetic goals.
We will tell you honestly how you are doing and what we expect your result to be throughout your healing process. Please trust in our knowledge and experience when we discuss your progress with you.
Quite frequently patients experience a brief period of “let-down” or depression after cosmetic surgery. They may have expected to look and feel better instantly, or question their decision to have surgery during the first few days after their procedure. These feelings usually disappear quickly as they heal. If you feel depressed, know that this is a “natural” phase of the healing process, and you will feel better once you’ve recovered.
TALKING ABOUT YOUR PROCEDURE
Many people believe that plastic surgery is a private matter, and may be reluctant to bring up your physical change, so don’t be discouraged that “no one noticed or said anything.” If you feel comfortable discussing your surgery, do so openly. When people ask you how you are, respond by saying, “I feel wonderful. I just had cosmetic surgery, and I’m recovering.” This lets people know that they may talk freely with you. Often when patients are open, they find that their friends and acquaintances are very interested in discussing the subject.