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Create a More Comfortable Recovery from Abdominoplasty

tummy tuckThe tummy tuck procedure, or abdominoplasty, is an excellent solution to a sagging midsection. This surgery gives men and women back the smoother, tighter abdominal muscles and skin they crave. Whether abdominoplasty is a part of a larger enhancement program such as a total Mommy Makeover or it is the sole focus of care, it is important to plan ahead. This involves more than attending pre-surgery appointments; it also means that you look toward recovery, and ways that you can improve the overall experience.

After abdominoplasty, most people know that they cannot lift objects and that they need to postpone sessions with their personal trainer. There is even an understanding that some time should be taken off from work. But these general guidelines do little to help you create the most comfortable recovery possible.

Tips for your Home Recovery Center

No longer do cosmetic surgery procedures require a lengthy hospital stay. Most patients return home within a day or two – sometimes the same day as their procedure – to recover. With that in mind, you can view your home as your own personal “Recovery Center,” decking it out with necessities that will feed your senses in the best possible way.

  • Comfort is King when it comes to surgical recovery. Prior to your surgery, imagine what this looks like for you. Do you have a warm, soft blanket that you prefer over others? If you don’t, get one. Are your pillows welcoming and comfortable? Get more. Pillows of different sizes can be placed behind your back or at your sides to support your body and envelop you in comfort.
  • Eating well is essential to healing. Preparing healthy meals ahead of time can significantly reduce stress after surgery.
  • Boredom may set in more quickly than you think. To prevent this, gather new magazines or books you have wanted to read. Fill your music library with an array of relaxing and uplifting music. Stock up on DVDs that will keep you occupied for short bursts of time.

The recovery from abdominoplasty need not be unpleasant in the least. We are here to answer questions you may have, and support you as you heal.

Can You Get Your Ears Pinned as an Adult?

ear surgeryOtoplasty, or ear pinning, is a surgical procedure in which the ears are pinned back in order to give you a sleeker looking appearance. As an elective, cosmetic procedure, getting your ears pinned is typically done for children around the ages of 6-18, however, if you are an adult who is self conscious about your ears and would like to have them cosmetically altered, Dr. Larry Weinstein can help. Read on to learn more.

As Long As You’re Healthy

Although otoplasty is typically done on children, adults can get this elective surgery done as well. As long as you’re healthy and in good shape, Dr. Larry Weinstein can conduct this surgery in order to give you the look, appearance, and confidence that you so want and desire.

Understanding Recovery

As an adult, you likely won’t have your mom and dad around to nurse you back to health after your surgery. That’s why it’s so important to understand the recovery process and all that it entails.

Once you are sent home from the hospital, you will be required to wear a bandage around your head and ears for at least a few days following surgery. This bandage is in place to help protect your sutures and to also apply pressure to the incision site until it heals properly on its own. Once you get approval to remove the bandage, you will be required to still take it easy and avoid things like contact sports, as they may exacerbate your incision site and cause you some sort of infection.

After surgery you will likely experience some sort of pain and will be prescribed a painkiller— either prescription or over-the-counter— in order to take that edge off and give you the ability to relax a little. Additionally, once you are in recovery it is recommended that you sleep with your pillow layered at a 30-degree angle in order to help alleviate any swelling that may occur after surgery.

Getting your ears pinned as an adult might be a little rare but is completely doable. If you are self conscious about your appearance due to your ear size, contact Dr. Larry Weinstein’s office to set up a consultation.

 

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