How to Minimize Post-operative Pain

How to Reduce Pain after Plastic Surgery When it comes to plastic surgery, there are, perhaps, no other deterrents more powerful than the fear of pain, concerns over the price of treatment, and the desire to maintain a natural appearance. Cost concerns may be addressed through the use of health care financing or low interest credit cards; while natural looking results can be achieved by choosing a board certified plastic surgeon who is trained in the most effective surgical techniques. Just as these problems can be resolved, worries over the possibility of pain after plastic surgery can also be allayed. Because pain after plastic surgery is such a popular topic, we thought it is deserving of an entire blog post. Here, San Diego surgeon Vince Marin offers tips to reduce pain after plastic surgery.

1. Rest the Day of Surgery

Resting in the days after plastic surgery will not only reduce overall discomfort, it will also accelerate the resolution of internal inflammation. This in turn can result in milder bruising and swelling, and reduce the amount of time that side effects persist.

2. Take Pain Medication as Directed

Taking pain medication as directed may seem easy, but some patients forget to take pills on schedule, resulting in 20 to 30 minutes of pain while the medication takes effect. Having a family member or friend available to help you take pain medication on time will help to reduce the occurrence of pain. Depending on the type of plastic surgery procedure, or combination of procedures, that you undergo, Dr. Marin will prescribe pain medication or simply recommend a brand and dosage that can be obtained without a prescription. Patients should make it a priority to get at least three weeks worth of pain medication before the day of surgery. This will ensure that patients have pain relievers on hand during the recovery period.

3. Ice

In addition to pain relief medication, you should also have ice compresses ready for use. You may choose to buy ice packs, or you can pre-package ice in plastic bags. Before applying the ice to the surgical site or the area surrounding the surgical site, be sure to wrap them in fresh, clean towels or another soft material to avoid causing additional discomfort.

4. Compression

Dr. Marin may advise the use of a compression garment after surgery. Compression garments are most frequently used on patients that have undergone body-shaping surgery such as liposuction or tummy tuck. Before surgery, Dr. Marin will provide you with post-operative instructions that detail when and for how long the compression garment should be worn.

5. Elevation

Keeping the head elevated while you sleep and rest is recommended for all patients, especially those that undergo facial plastic surgery procedures such as facelift, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. If you are recovering in bed, support your back and neck with additional pillows. Alternatively, you can recover in a comfortable recliner, which will keep your head elevated during those initial, crucial recovery days following surgery.

6. Drink Plenty of Water

Never underestimate the power of water! Drinking a lot of water helps your body to regenerate and rid itself of toxins. Although you may not feel like it, be sure to drink at least eight cups of water each day. This is one of the easiest, and most often overlooked, ways to speed recovery after plastic surgery.

If you would like to schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Marin, contact Marin Aesthetics in San Diego today.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!