Facts about My Recovery

Nose Recovery Thailand
Nose Recovery Thailand

Our first moments of consciousness after any surgical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise are never pleasant.  We awake with blurred vision, confused by our surroundings, feeling extremely cold and are at first completely numb to any pain.  We fade in and out of consciousness for a while as the effects of the anaesthetic wear off and the realization sets in that we have come through the surgery and are now in recovery.

Pain management

After a while the effects of the anaesthetic wear off completely and we are faced with the pain associated with surgery.  During your post-operative recovery the nursing staff will ensure that you have access to pain medication should you need it and once you are released from the hospital you will likely be given pain medication to relieve the pain associated with your surgery.

Listening to your body

Surgery is a massive trauma to the physical body and during the first week or two you are advised to simply rest and allow your body the chance to heal.  Do not push yourself to do things like lift heavy objects or to do any strenuous exercise.  A failure to listen to this advice may cause complications with the healing process.  You may inadvertently injure yourself, cause slow wound healing or complications due to inflammation.  You may even cause the wound to heal with a thickened scar. 

Do not push yourself beyond your limits, particularly in those first two crucial weeks after the surgery.  You may return to work after the first week if you feel you are able, but do only light duties and nothing strenuous.  As you heal you will be able to do more, but be patient with yourself at first.

Wound care

Be sure to listen to the advice given by your surgeon and the nursing staff.  Change dressings when advised, keep the wound clean and dry, do not apply any pressure to it and avoid any strenuous activities during the first weeks after surgery.  Avoid exposure to sunlight as this will darken and thicken the scar.  Once the skin has healed sufficiently you should be able to remove the sutures, usually at fourteen days after surgery.  Do not try to remove any scabs that form before the stitches need to come out as this can also lead to scarring.

Gentle exercise

At four to six weeks after surgery the patient can return to gentle exercise and moderate activities.  They should be aware of any signs of distress in the form of pain, discomfort, swelling or inflammation and should discontinue any activities that create these symptoms.  The healing process can take six months to a year in some cases and patients should be wary of pushing themselves too hard in the early healing phases.  In fact, your recovery may be set back if you do so.

Healthy diet

Be sure to eat healthful foods packed with vitamins and nutrients after your surgery.  Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, fish and red meat as well as dairy products into your diet.  Eat nuts and legumes and ensure to drink plenty of fresh water.  Try to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and take out foods that are high in fats.  The more nutrients and vitamins you put into your body, the faster and better it will heal.