How to ensure you get good results after plastic surgery Introduction Many people who want to undergo plastic surgery are worried about what will happen after the procedure. In general, the most common fears are associated with the appearance of the scars, the length of the recovery process, and the complications that can occur long or short-term after the procedure. But, more than anything else, patients are concerned about the final results. As the final results are often not visible immediately after the procedure, the waiting time can be associated with a great deal of anxiety and stress for the patient. This is the reason why having a good plastic surgeon to guide your way through this process is essential. When undergoing plastic surgery, it is true that you put your trust about your physical appearance and well-being in the hands of the plastic surgeon, but this doesn’t mean that the final results are all on him. In this article, we will discuss how to ensure you get good results after plastic surgery. Choosing the plastic surgeon When it comes to plastic surgery, the choice of the plastic surgeon is all on you. Practically, achieving good results after plastic surgery is entirely in your hands as you are the one selecting the plastic surgeon. This means that you have a great responsibility towards yourself to choose wisely. The cost shouldn’t be the main factor that dictates the choice of the plastic surgeon as there are other criteria that you should consider. More than anything, you should understand that when it comes to saving money, it can actually trigger a much larger cost in the end. Generally speaking, lower costs hide something. It can be a lack of experience of the plastic surgeon, a medical facility that doesn’t have all the safety regulations in place, or bad quality materials to be used during surgery. All these often translate in the necessity to undergo additional procedures or complications occurring. This means that you might pay less at first only to pay a fortune later on. Financially speaking, this is not a wise decision. Even from a financial point of view, it is better to choose an experienced, talented and board-certified plastic surgeon, even if he can have fees that are higher. A good plastic surgeon will save you money in the long run, not to mention avoid complications that can affect your well-being and not only your physical appearance. Choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon often makes patients more inclined to follow instructions to the letter, and this is another important part of ensuring you get good results. Results of plastic surgery: Immediate versus final Many people struggle to understand why it takes time to see the final results. In many cases, the immediate results that are visible as soon as the procedure is complete are very different from the results that transpire six months to a year after. You should know that there are some plastic surgery procedures that can give results immediately. But when considering complex surgical procedures, you should know that it can take some time for the tissues to heal. It is not uncommon to notice swelling and bruising in the operated area as well as a change in sensitivity. These side effects are part of the healing process and are perfectly normal. Even in the context of simple procedures such as liposuction, it is necessary to wait until the skin retracts on the new contours of the body to assess the final result. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the areas that were treated, it can take a few weeks to even a year to see the final results. The healing process varies considerably from one procedure to another. In general, it is necessary to wait between 4 and 6 months after the procedure. It is also at the end of this period that before and after photographs are presented to the patient. Depending on the surgical plan, the results are visible more or less quickly. After liposuction, it can take between six weeks and three months to see a stable result. In the case of breast surgery with implants, it can take up to six months or a year. Follow-up consultations allow the plastic surgeon to evaluate how the recovery process is going and intervene if necessary to ensure you get good results. To ensure you get satisfactory results after plastic surgery, you should be patient and not rush the healing or the cicatrization process as this might actually cause a delay in the recovery process. Breast implants will eventually descend to a more natural anatomical position, the skin will retract on the new contours of the body after liposuction, and the dimensions of the buttocks will be reduced a few months after the Brazilian butt lift. The most important thing you can do is wait patiently and follow the instructions of the plastic surgeon. Post-operative instructions to ensure you get good results after plastic surgery While the procedures can be very different and more or less invasive, there are a few post-operative instructions that are valid in the case of any plastic surgery procedure, such as: – Not to lie or sit directly on the operated area until the incisions are fully healed and closed – Not to perform intense or demanding physical activities – Not to smoke – To wear the compression garments – To take antibiotics and pain medication as per the doctor’s recommendation – To keep the incisions dry and clean at all times – Not to put creams or gels on the incisions not recommended by the plastic surgeon – To have a balanced and healthy eating regimen during the recovery period. These are just a few of the recommendations that you will receive from your plastic surgeon. These instructions have the purpose of helping you avoid complications and ensure you get good results. Keep a positive attitude There are patients who are confident in the plastic surgeon and are sure they will get the best results possible, and then there are patients who worry and are not sure about their decision. Keeping a positive attitude can make all the difference and will help ensure you get good results after plastic surgery. It is essential for the patient to understand that all recommendations that come from the plastic surgeon are to be followed and not debated. Let’s consider for a second the instruction not to lie or sit on the buttocks for at least three weeks after fat transfer or butt implant surgery. This can sound like such a struggle, but one that could certainly be avoided, right? Well, the reality is that it shouldn’t be avoided. This is a firm recommendation, and it should be followed to the letter. Otherwise, asymmetries can occur due to the death of fat cells in the case of the Brazilian butt lift, or the implants might shift if the procedure used implants. The plastic surgeon is just your guide and an expert that wants to ensure you get good results. Keep in mind that it is important to give the body a rest period to recover. A work stoppage of between 8 days and 3 weeks may be necessary. It is also mandatory to set aside physical activities until the plastic surgeon decides you can resume them. Conclusion The patient can ensure getting good results after plastic surgery by doing two simple things. First, you need to choose a good, experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon and then follow his instructions to the letter. Moreover, the patient needs to understand that there can be a big difference between the results visible immediately after the procedure and the final results that can take up to one year to transpire. Keeping a positive attitude and being patient are also important when trying to ensure you get good results after plastic surgery.