After the surgery, the patient will go to the recovery room where he will usually be monitored for 30 to 60 minutes while recovering from anesthesia before returning to the room. The length of hospital stay varies from 12 hours to 48 hours, depending on the surgery.
This period of treatment is accompanied by some degree of anxiety. Knowing all the stages of this phase lessens your anxiety and provides more comfort, tranquility and safety in relation to the final result.
– During this recovery period, it is very important to have the support of friends and family, because it is common a feeling of sadness, due to the endocrine and metabolic changes that the organism suffers because of the surgical trauma. Any trauma to the body, caused by surgery or even by accident, alters some hormones that give a bit of sadness and depression.
– This sadness can also be increased or caused by edema (swelling) and ecchymoses (purple spots), which are unavoidable due to the surgical procedure and vary according to the patient. Even though edema and bruising are common early in the postoperative period, most patients still expect immediate results. During this period, it is normal to have doubts about the decision to have the surgery. Do not worry. This sensation is completely forgotten as the edema regresses and healing occurs.
– To avoid anxiety, do not analyze the result of surgery early. The swelling distorts the anatomical structures, but does not interfere in the final result of the surgery.
– Trust in the professionalism and experience of your doctor and do not be afraid to clarify your doubts with him and his team. A well-done post-operative makes all the difference in the success of your surgery and you will not want to compromise the outcome. Follow the recommendations given by your plastic surgeon.
– It is normal that its temperature is, in the first days, between 37ºC and 37,5ºC. It is a response of your body to the surgical procedure. This is not a fever. There is no need for medication. If it passes 37.8ºC, immediately contact the medical team.
– Sun exposure should be very controlled, especially in some surgeries. One should not take sun on bruises or purple spots. The sun’s rays can attach them to the skin.
– Even in winter, it is recommended to use sunscreen.
Sleeping is great. The body in the postoperative needs to rest. Enjoy to put the sleep in day.
– Avoid physical efforts to avoid bleeding, scarring or suture ruptures.
– It is common to feel itch at the surgery site, a sign that the healing collagen fibers are forming. Although the itching is normal, avoid scratching the site, not to open the cut and cause infection in the operated area.
– To prevent edema and purple spots, treatments such as lymphatic drainage, ultrasound, endermotherapy, with esthetician and physiotherapist may be indicated by your surgeon.