Plastic surgery procedures require special care following the operation. This should be observed all the more for families of persons with physical or intellectual disabilities who would have to undergo plastic surgery. This is because they will be the primary caregiver of their loved one post-op.
Webmd.com shared some tips on how to go about post cosmetic surgery care. Such tips will be best observed by the disabled patient with the help of his family or carer.
“Let your wounds heal. No matter how tempted you are to pick at your peeling skin or scabs after cosmetic surgery in an effort to speed your recovery — don’t. You could increase your likelihood of infection or scarring. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Whether you’ve had a minor procedure or an all-out surgery, drinking six to eight glasses of water a day will help rejuvenate your skin from the inside out and flush any toxins from your system.”
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After Plastic Surgery Care
Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery meanwhile shared healthy recovery tips that can guide families in taking care of their disabled family member post plastic surgery.
“If you have had surgery to the head or neck, such as a brow lift or neck lift, it is important to keep the area elevated for several days following your surgery. By doing this, it will help reduce the swelling and increase the recovery process without compromising the results. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Use sunblock with proper UV protection to protect your skin.”
The rest of the tips can be found here.
Maintaining the Results
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery meanwhile shared pieces of advice on how to maintain the results of a cosmetic procedure. Family members of an intellectually disabled person can help the patient follow these tips to maintain the optimal results of the cosmetic procedure they underwent.
“Immediately after your procedure, proper care makes a big difference in scarring. And as time goes by, great skin care will help your results look as good or better than ever. First off, scarring is a necessary aspect of many surgeries and while your surgeon will take care to place your incisions where they can be most easily hidden, making sure they heal optimally and fade nicely over time is partially in your hands. First, it is critical to follow any postoperative activity restrictions; these rules will help you avoid straining your scars, which could cause them to become wider or more visible. Secondly, be sure to protect your incisions in the sun, keep the area clean, and use the topical scar care creams and ointments recommended by your doctor.”
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Cosmetic surgery requires careful post-operative care to maintain results. Families of disabled ( both physical and intellectual) who have underwent this procedure needs to help their family member to observe these post-operative care guidelines.