We’re not going to lie that your recovery from plastic surgery, may it be a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, is going to be smooth and comfortable. Like all types of surgical procedures, the recovery process will most likely be filled with various physical and emotional setbacks — from swelling to bruising to not feeling really great about yourself. All these things are normal and should be part of your expectations following surgery. Fortunately, you can do something to speed up recovery and reduce the amount of discomfort you’ll experience after surgery here at our Houston plastic surgery practice. 1. Commit to a healthy lifestyle before and after plastic surgery. What exactly does a “healthy” lifestyle mean? First of all, you need to quit the stick if you’re a smoker. Smoking has been shown to significantly delay healing and increase one’s risk of post-surgical complications such as infection and bleeding. The same goes for alcohol consumption. You do not have to quit it altogether but you might want to reduce your alcohol intake. Second, stick to diet that is composed mainly of least processed food sources such as lean meats, fish, whole grains, root crops, fruits and vegetables. You do not have to do extreme diet regimens such as going vegan or doing low-carb. Just eat real food and keep in mind to always eat in moderation. Moreover, make an effort to move at least every day. Gym memberships are not required. Unless you are required to lose weight before plastic surgery, 30-minute walks, an hour of doing laps at the pool, or a doing a couple of strength training exercises for at least twice or thrice a week will do the trick. Lastly, your body repairs itself (boosts your immunity, gets rid of toxins, promotes muscle recovery, etc) while you sleep so you might as well get enough amount of sleep which is ideally pegged between 6 to 8 hours. 2. Be patient and take it easy following surgery. We understand that you will be excited to see the desired outcomes of the plastic surgery of your choice. However, we would like to remind our patients that it may take time for you to see the final results. Bruising and swelling will most likely be present during the first few weeks following surgery and you may be instructed to avoid highly strenuous activities. Generally, it may be best to take it easy during the first few weeks post-surgery and take measures to reduce your risk of post-surgery complications. 3. Do not underestimate the importance of follow-up visits to your plastic surgeon. Each patient is unique. Thus, it is best to strictly adhere to your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding frequency of your follow-up visits. However, what’s important is to make sure you don’t skip any of these scheduled visits and follow those orders down to the letter. Let us help achieve safe and speedy recovery after plastic surgery! Call us at 713.234.6244 or fill out this contact form to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cortes. We look forward to your visit!