When considering and planning your plastic surgery the first things you usually think about are which surgeon will be performing your procedure, where the surgery will take place and how much it will cost. After surgery care is often an afterthought or not really thought about until closer to the surgery date, if at all. We might have in the back of our minds that there might be a recovery time, but we don’t actually think about exactly what that will involve. Most of us just want to get through the surgery and have our end result. So how important IS after surgery care?
In two words, the answer to that question is, EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. It can make the difference between a successful outcome and an unsuccessful one. Having the right after surgery care, follow up appointments and access to ongoing support is essential to ensuring you have the right advice for any issues that may arise.
Questions directly after surgery
Directly after surgery you will want to see your surgeon or doctor for them to give you an overview of how the actual operation went. It is standard procedure in Australia for your surgeon to visit you shortly after surgery to see how you are going; to make sure you are comfortable, have the right pain management medication and explain to you exactly what the process will be for recovery, how long you will be in hospital, how long you will need to take off work, including the next time you will see your surgeon.
There will be staples, stitches or tissue glue to hold together any incisions made in your surgery. It is important to keep this clean and dressed according to the surgeon or doctor’s instructions and any dressings will need to be changed and kept dry and clean (whether it is by you or your surgeon). There is always a chance of infection and you should see your doctor as soon as you see any signs of it occurring. You may also need to have any stitches removed after a few days. This will require communication and follow up appointments with your doctor/surgeon.
There is always the chance of complications occurring with any surgery. Plastic or cosmetic surgery is no different. For example, if you have had breast implants, the implants may rupture or not settle into the position they were supposed to. You will want access to the doctor you have chosen for your surgery in order to ask them any questions you have regarding any concerns, or for further correction on any failed procedure. You will want at least one follow up appointment to check that everything is travelling along the way it is meant to be, even if there are no obvious signs of any complications.
Time for Results and Healing
It takes time to heal, and your body and mind to recover from any operation. With plastic or cosmetic surgery, because it is such a visible surgery you will often need to be patient in allowing the results to “settle”. This can often cause depression or anxiety and you will want access to your doctor to ask them any questions you may have during this time.
With the growing numbers of Australians travelling overseas for “surgery holidays” there is an increasing number being subjected to botched operations and no follow up care in the weeks after the surgery. There are a growing number of deaths and long term effects for those willing to take the chance to not have access to their surgeon on an ongoing basis, and this just reinforces to us here at the Hub just how important it is to consider your After Surgery Care, which means having your procedure performed by an Australian surgeon in Australia. We have access to some world-class surgeons in this country and it makes sense to consider your after surgery care as being an integral part of your overall recovery.
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