The dos and don’ts of plastic surgery post-op period Most people don’t understand the importance of a rigorous post-operative behavior of the patient. In many cases, the success of plastic surgery is just as much in the hands of the plastic surgeon as it is in the hands of the patient. What happens during the post-operative period is essential for achieving satisfactory results, and all patients should be aware of this. There are some patients complaining about not being satisfied with the results or the work of the plastic surgeon, but they fail to mention that they didn’t follow the post-operative instructions of the surgeon, hence altering the results even before they were final. It can take three to six months and even more for the final results of plastic surgery to transpire, even if in a vast majority of cases some of the results will be visible immediately after the procedure. For the final results to be evaluated, we need to wait for the swelling and bruising to disappear and for the scars to mature. The first month post-op is the most important period of the recovery process. During the first weeks after the procedure, the patient needs to follow a strict post-operative protocol to ensure the complications are kept at bay and good results are facilitated. Among the dos of the post-operative period after plastic surgery are taking the antibiotics and pain medication prescribed by the plastic surgeon. In this way, we reduce the risk of contracting an infection that could delay the recovery process and even trigger other life-threatening complications. Pain medication is necessary to reduce the pain and discomfort that can normally occur during the first few days post-op. Having a balanced eating regimen with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is another do for the post-operative period. Constipation is a normal occurrence after surgery, so make sure to include good sources of fibers in your diet to fight it. When it comes to the don’ts of the post-operative period, the plastic surgeon will tell you that smoking is to be avoided for a minimum of three weeks post-op. The results of procedures such as fat grafting could be ruined if this instruction is not followed, and complications such as skin necrosis or delayed wound healing can occur in the case of patients who smoke. Not sleeping on the operated area is another important recommendation. This is especially crucial in the case of using implants or fat grafting in the area. The implants can shift and the surgical incisions can be opened due to the excessive pressure, and the fat grafted could die because of the same reason. Not sleeping or lying on the operated area is crucial for the success of the procedure. Also, don’t start with physical exercises until having the green light from the plastic surgeon.