Follow-up Care is essential to monitor healing.
Grand Plastic Surgery has created a Self-Care Program to help you, help yourself.
Ice Pack Application
- Applying an ice pack reduces pain and swelling through contraction of the blood vessels.
- The greatest affects are felt on the 2nd and 3rd day after surgery. After that, applying a hot pack is better, and after 2 or 3 weeks they are completely ineffective.
- There are several kinds of ice packs which you can obtain from hospitals, pharmacies, or made at home versions.
Grand Plastic Surgery provides patients with an ice pack and a hot pack.
- Put the icepack in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Use the ice pack after rubbing it gently so that it melts a little.
- Wrap it in a handkerchief or cloth. If you put the frozen pack directly on the surgical region risk of frostbite exists.
- You can apply the wrapped ice pack on your forehead, between the eyes, or around the cheeks.
- Use for a maximum of 3 continuous minutes, break for 10 minutes and repeat again for 3-7 minutes, being careful to keep your surgical area dry.
If you have a poor sense of touch due to apoplexy or nerve damage, you must keep the time exact.
Hot Pack Application
- Applying a hot pack plays a role in reducing bruising because it increases blood circulation.
- Beginning on the 3rd day after surgery, alternate between using an ice pack and a hot pack. After 5 days, use only the hot pack.
- · Put the icepack in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Wrap the heated pack in a handkerchief and test it on your hand before applying it to the surgical area.
- Use the wrapped pack on your forehead or around your cheeks; if you put it directly on the surgical area you could suffer burns.
Use for a maximum of 3 continuous minutes, break for 10 minutes and repeat again for 3-7 minutes. Do not apply lotions to your skin.
Stretching for a faster recovery
Shoulder and neck muscles
Stand with your feet shoulder-length apart. Lock your fingers behind your back, and looking down with your fingers still locked, stretch your hands towards your right hip. Repeat 5 times as directed above, alternating between your right and left hip.
Stretching the back part of your body muscle
Put your right foot on the back of a chair and hold that ankle with your right hand. Raise your left hand to your ear and slowly lean forward toward your right foot while looking straight ahead.
Stand with your legs twice shoulder-width apart.
Sit on a chair and keep your back straight.
The best way to reduce swelling… walking!
Tips for proper walking
Keep your head and back straight and gently swing your arms. Your heel should make contact with the ground first, and roll through the step from heel to toe.
How often should you exercise?
At the beginning of your recovery period, it is recommended that you walk 3 times a week for 40-50 minutes. Increase speed and frequency a week after surgery.