General Recovery Tips
Minimizing Bruising and Swelling
Bruising and swelling occurs with almost every surgical procedure. Usually, the swelling lasts for only a few days to weeks. There are steps that can be taken before and after surgery to help minimize bruising and swelling… Read More.
Scars are the necessary trade-off of many plastic surgeries. The goal is a near-invisible, thin, skin-colored scar. Scars are ideally minimized by early attention but there are options for treatment of problem scars as well… Read More.
Stretch Mark Treatment
Stretch marks are the visible result of tears of the second layer of skin, the dermis. Stretch marks usually result from rapid stretching of skin, such as weight gain, or pregnancy. Treatment options for stretch marks such as removal, microneedling, and laser are available…. Read More.
Preparation for surgery
prepare your house for surgery
1-2 weeks before surgery you should have your childcare, work arrangements, and caretaker lined up. Depending on the procedure you may have a few recovery items on hand. Start with an organized, clean house and full pantry. If you are making meals, simple prep. meals and disposable dinnerware.
prepare your body for surgery
The weeks before surgery are a good time to maximize a healthy diet and stay on top of exercise. Yoga and heart-healthy exercises are particularly valuable. For almost every procedure stopping smoking 6 weeks before surgery is valuable. For some it is critical. Avoid excessive alcohol and marijuana prior to surgery as well.
Check your medications and supplements
Some medications such as aspirin, fish-oils and some supplements can contribute to bleeding and bruising after surgery. If you would like to take SinnEcch for bruising you would want to do so before surgery. The benefit is mild in Dr. Yates’s opinion but some patients swear by it.
Stay away from illness
Avoid getting sick, wash your hands frequently and avoid contact will people who are ill.
Time off Work and exercise
Check the procedure list below for the time you should plan to take off of work or exercise. With most procedures, office work and light exercise are OK between one to three weeks. For most procedures, there are no restrictions after six weeks.
Dr Yates will give you most everything you need after surgery including garments, bra, scar cream, and dressings as indicated. A few recommended additional supplies are
- Bed that reclines, recliner, or extra bed pillows
- Icy Hot back patch
- Loose baggy clothes
- Paper tape 1″
- Ice packs
- Stool Softener
- Ginger Ale
- Antacid such as Tums
- Melatonin (not to be used with pain medications)
- Cortisone cream
- Probiotics or yogurt
- Second stage Spanx or Flexees for appropriate procedures
- Flexible straws for drinking
- Water bottles/ Gatorade
- Entertainment such as DVD or Netflix
- Cell phone charger near bed and sofa
AFTER SURGERY INSTRUCTIONS
- Pain Management
♦ Take Zofran or other nausea medication and light food prior to pain medications
♦ Ibuprofen (800mg) can be added every 8 hours as needed
♦ Transition to Ibuprofen alone as soon as able
♦ Do not add Tylenol or Aspirin
♦ Breast Augmentation Patients-Valium every 6 hours as needed for muscle spasm. Range of motion works well for this as well
♦ Gabapentin (Neurontin) Take post-operative dose the morning after surgery
♦ Prior to surgery we will have you take anti-nausea medication that will last several hours. You may also get medication for nausea during surgery
♦ You may take your anti-nausea medication every 6-8 hours for nausea as needed.
♦ Start taking your antibiotics as directed the day after surgery
♦ Some patients experience constipation while taking narcotics. You may purchase Colace or Miralax at any drugstore. Try to get off of the narcotic pain medication as quickly as possible
♦ Some patients experience itching as a side effect of an antibiotic or narcotic. You may take Benadryl 25 mg every 6 hours as needed
♦ If you experience a yeast infection, please call or text our office and we will call in a prescription to your pharmacy