Plastic surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons, so the last thing a patient wants is to be left with unsightly scars. Although everyone heals differently after a surgical procedure, there are many ways to minimize and sometimes completely prevent long-term scarring. A combination of the following methods should optimize the healing process for plastic surgery patients.
Prior to surgery, being in good health is of upmost importance in preventing infections. Taking multi-vitamins, getting necessary nutrients for your body (ask your doctor for recommendations), drinking plenty of water, and other everyday healthy habits should be, if not already, incorporated into your daily routine. Smoking and drinking alcohol before and after surgery will prolong healing, putting some patients at risk for infections and complications. Physicians typically recommend quitting smoking and drinking at least two weeks before your procedure to two weeks post-surgery. Of course, the more time that you prohibit these habits will keep you in better overall health.
Plastic surgery regrets appear to be rampant as more and more people reveal that they are dissatisfied with their surgeries, and it just may be a result of unrealistic expectations. Seeing a saggy, droopy face looking back at you is no laughing matter. Seeing the look of old does nothing to lift your spirits or your confidence; a tired, old looking face can create the feeling of a bad hair day every day. Witnessing the development of jowls, pouches, and other sagging facial features creates a feeling of hopelessness, and this feeling can in turn cause long term damage to the psyche—even desperation.
Life threatening issues can result from plastic surgery as well as life changing ones.