As a plastic surgery coach I work with many clients throughout their plastic surgery journey, which also includes post-operative after care services.
It is very important if you are considering any plastic surgery procedure regardless of how small, that you prepare for the surgery and prepare for after care services. You may think that your friend or family member can take care of your needs after your surgery, however, it has been my experience time and time again that this is not a wise choice.
It is important to think about your plastic surgery recovery, even if your plastic surgeon says you will be fine. It is in your best interest to fully prepare for your after care with a Plan A and Plan B. Your recovery depends on this. Think of after care as part of your plastic surgery costs. You are protecting your investment. Budget for between $350.00 – $1200 for your after care, not including any costs for accommodations. The cost will depend on if you are staying at an after care facility, hotel or Airbnb. The cost per day or per hour for after care services, your geographic location and whether you hire an RN. An RN is more costly and not really necessary unless you need IV meds or your surgeon insists you stay in the hospital overnight.
Prepare your body and mind for surgery. Take vitamins, increase your protein, hydrate and rest the days leading up to surgery.
Purchase everything you need in advance. Don’t wait until the day before surgery.
Line up a surgical buddy for emotional support, either a friend who understands or hire a plastic surgery coach.
Arrange for time off of work. Always add on a little more time as everyone heals differently.
If you are out- of- town, arrange for a hotel stay near the surgeon’s office. Ask the hotel if they provide room service and let them know you will be recovering from a surgical procedure.
If you have small kids, arrange for a baby sitter in advance.
If you have animals, arrange for a dog walker or even kennel you animals for the first few days.
Arrange for after care services with your surgeon’s office or go online to find a reputable service. Friends and family are not the best after care people as they usually have no prior experience in taking care of a recovering plastic surgery patient. You may have drains, leaky body fluids, bruising and swelling. You will be emotional and in some discomfort. You are doing yourself a disservice by not planning for the proper after care.
Always have a Plan B for your plastic surgery recovery. Don’t wait until the day of surgery.
Remember you need to rest for a successful recovery.
It’s tempting to buy a Groupon or Daily Deal for Botox, Laser Treatment or Fillers. Maybe you are new-bee to Botox or Fillers and the price is enticing. So you book an appointment, only to either have a bad experience or spend more money than you planned.
Now, I’m not saying that all Groupons and Daily Deals are misleading or that the doctor is inexperienced in the field of aesthetic medicine.
However, keep in mind that a busy practice or medical spa does not need to advertise in Groupon and Daily Deals.
With the continued explosion of cosmetic treatments and surgery plus the declining rate of insurance reimbursements for medical doctors, more non-core specialty doctors will decide enter this very lucrative business. Before you consider cosmetic procedures answer these questions first.
1.What are my expectations? My aesthetic goals? 2.What is my budget for consultations and the procedure? 3.Do I have the time to do the research on doctors or do I need more guidance ? 4.How many consultations will I go to? 5.Will I have the emotional support of my family both pre-op and post-op? 6.Does the procedure fit into my lifestyle? 7.Can I take the time I need to recover?
The time is approaching and you have a special event coming up. You’ve bought your dress, shoes, accessories, scheduled your hair and make-up.
You want to look your best.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about having a facial, a chemical peel, a little Botox, dermal fillers, Laser or IPL treatments. Since you want to look your best, you need to plan a schedule for these treatments allowing yourself the proper time for healing or any adjustments. Don’t want until the week before your event.
Here are some factors to keep in mind when you book your appointments.
Schedule a series of facials at least 4-6 weeks in advance. If you have sensitive skin you could break out. The goal is for glowing, healthy skin before the big day.
If you plan to change skincare products, start 6-8 weeks before the event. Any change in products could cause your skin to react
If you are using Retin-A products. Stop one week before the event, so you are not red or peeling.
Schedule any chemical peels at least 4 weeks before the event. You want your skin to glow- not be red, flaky or peeling.
If you are planning on having any Botox or fillers- take arnica pre-injection and post to minimize bruising
Botox should be scheduled at least 2 weeks before the event. You may bruise, it takes 3-7 days to kick in and you may need to tweak the area.
Lip fillers- at least 4 weeks in advance. You may be swollen for 7 days and you really will not see the final effect for two weeks. Juvederm swells more than Resytlane, but Juvederm tends to last longer in the lip area.
Eye Hollows- at least two months in advance. You could have severe bruising in this area and puffiness. I would not take any chances. Two- three months of healing should be enough.
Dermal Fillers – Two to three weeks in advance. You may bruise, and have swelling. Plus if you need any adjustments you will have time. This includes, Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse.
If you choose to use fillers such as Sculptra, you will need to start several months in advance, as this filler requires more injections and time to see results.
Looking to rid of brown spots with IPL? Chances you will need to have several treatments, Start as early as six months in advance, this advice is the same for any type of laser treatment, even vein therapy.
Always consult a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Safety First.