by Kelly Greytok
It’s day three after plastic surgery and my last client says, “Kelly this is really going so well.” Immediately, I burst out laughing. After a breast reduction and liposuction to her abdomen, flanks, arms and upper back, she was surprised to be doing so well. However, her revelation didn’t faze me at all. After helping countless of plastic surgery patients recover, I could tell immediately after I got her home from surgery that she would be one of my most successful patients ever, meaning she would have both great results and a great recovery. Every patient deserves both.
What are these successful patients doing that’s so unique? Using a combination of six practices that transform the post-surgery stigma.
Rally Your Tribe
Well, maybe not your entire tribe, but your most supportive, fun and positive friends. You know those friends that stand firmly by their opinion that you were perfect just the way you were before surgery? Not those friends. I’m talking about your friends that will grab you a smoothie and walk in super excited for you no matter what stage of the healing process you are in (because you will probably look a little rough after surgery, which is normal). You know the friends I’m referring to: the ones who make you laugh a little more than you’d like after a tummy tuck. They will help cheer you on and love you as you navigate this process.
The more time you spend preparing for your recovery, the better it will be. My patients who show up on the morning of surgery having prepared for a great recovery get just that. A few of my pre-surgery steps: Plan what food will fuel your recovery; have a range of options so you will be successful and not default to pizza; have a spot in your bedroom where all your dressing and drain care will be handled (I call this area a ‘clean space’); lay down a small clean towel and organize everything; and have your nightstand prepared with the things you may want within reach. Don’t forget a straw, lip balm, your post-op instructions and phone chargers.