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Dr. Ravi Shares His Best Tips and Tricks for a Speedy Recovery After Surgery

Tips for Plastic Surgery Recovery

12/15/2020

Recovery from plastic surgery is, at least to an extent, unique for each patient. Factors including your body’s natural healing ability, the scope of work you have had done, and how close you are willing to follow pre and postoperative instructions will all play a role in your recovery experience.

At Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we take every possible care to ensure our patients’ recovery experiences are as easy and comfortable as possible. We will work directly with you from the moment you enter our office to make sure you have the resources and information you need for the shortest and most rewarding recovery possible.

Tips for a Speedy Recovery

First and foremost, follow all instructions.  For example, if your procedure requires drains for surgical fluids, it is very important that you care for them appropriately. Improper drain care can result in fluid accumulation, infection, and pain.

If your procedure requires a compression garment, you will want to wear it as instructed. These garments can help to decrease swelling and help the body conform to its new shape. Compression garments may also limit the extent of scarring.

Rest assured, if your procedure will require aftercare like a garment or drain, we will provide you full instructions and continuing support to ensure you are prepared to use them to their full benefit.

Preparing Your Home

Make sure you have created a comfortable place to rest and recover before your procedure. Stock this area with books, magazines, and other forms of entertainment to keep yourself occupied while limiting excess movement. Be sure to have an adult around to help out with anything that may need doing at home for the first few days of recovery as well.

Drink plenty of water. Aim for at least 64 ounces a day during your recovery period. Hydration is essential for recovery.

While limiting excessive movement, you will want to take several walks every day. These can start the day of or the day after your procedure. Walks reduce swelling, improve blood circulation, and can improve the pain response. Aim for getting up and moving at least once an hour for these purposes.

Even with walking, discomfort is possible following plastic surgery. Do not take OTC medications, herbal remedies, or any medications that were not specifically prescribed for your procedure. Some medications and herbs will increase bleeding risks which can lead to more visible scarring. Be honest with your level of pain. Pushing through is not a good idea. Allow yourself to be comfortable. This is, after all, a recovery. We will provide medications as needed and can work with you to establish what is appropriate for you during your follow-up visits.

 Remember, it can take several weeks to recover from plastic surgery. Avoid strenuous exercise and demanding activities until you are given the go-ahead by our office. Allowing yourself to fully recover before resuming all normal activities will help prevent complications and may even work to ensure more pleasing results.

We are Here to Answer Your Questions

Do you have questions about plastic surgery recovery? Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics at 281-242-1061 to schedule a consultation at our Houston office. We welcome patients from The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Katy, and all surrounding areas of Texas.

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wishes to all of those impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ravi and our staff understand that this has impacted our community in multiple ways, but we are ready to support you in any way we can. Patients have multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is currently open and ready to serve you. We are performing elective surgeries per Texas state guidelines at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, Houston Plastic Surgery Center.  All surgical patients are required to test for Covid-19, this will be reviewed in detail with you by your Patient Care Coordinator.  We are also still performing Injectables, such as Botox and fillers, and other in-office Med Spa procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling.  In order to do our part to decrease the spread of Covid-19, our office does have a strict screening protocol and all staff and patients are required to wear masks at all times.  Our staff continues to follow strict guidelines to increase the frequency of cleaning of all contact surfaces, such as door handles and countertops, with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety has always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, continue to offer in person consultations as well as virtual consultations via a secure HIPAA compliant platform. We are happy to provide these two options to guarantee your comfort.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing basis.

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