At Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery, we are committed to providing our patients with top notch surgical skills and tremendous aftercare. We remain concerned about your health and comfort during the recovery process. To make sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible, we offer the following tips to our patients:
During the initial weeks, you will have a limited ability to take care of yourself. Since driving yourself to the grocery store to pick up food will be out of the question, we strongly encourage you to run errands in advance and pre-prepare and freeze some meals. Having either a loved one or enlisted caretaker on hand to help you with tasks like cooking or picking up prescriptions will also make your life far easier, so we strongly encourage you to make these arrangements ahead of your surgery, as well.
Embrace Rest and Relaxation
Whenever your body wants sleep, listen to it. Your body heals best as you sleep, so you should nap liberally. If you envision yourself doing much more than being in bed or on the couch for the first few days, strip yourself of that notion immediately.
If you are someone who gets easily bored staying stationary all day, make sure you stock up on entertainment to make your recovery more tolerable. Pick out some books, podcasts and TV series you have been meaning to catch up on so that you can occupy your mind with these low-energy activities.
Skip the Serious Exercise
Although we understand the desire to start putting in the work to maintain your body, strenuous exercise is actually counterproductive for the first month or two of recovery. Vigorous physical activity can put undue pressure on your incisions and sutures, which will impair your healing and maybe lead to less attractive results. Dr. Craft will provide you with a more specific timetable pertinent to the procedure(s) you have selected.
When you do crave some physical activity, we suggest taking a walk. Walks are great for getting your blood circulating, which should help your body to heal.
Wear Your Compression Garment
Patients who undergo most types of body and breast procedures will receive a compression garment from Dr. Craft. These garments will help keep you comfortable post-surgery, but their importance goes beyond that. They help to prevent fluid accumulation, which should reduce swelling and bruising and accelerate your recovery process. Wearing your compression garment 24/7 will help you to achieve the best results, so do not slack on that.
Contact Dr. Craft
Remember that Dr. Craft and the entire team at his Miami office are available to you to answer any questions that may arise during your recovery process. To call us with your questions, or to schedule a consultation for a future procedure, please dial (305) 596-9700.