Making the decision to undergo a plastic surgery procedure is a big deal. You’re investing time, funds, and hope into your procedure. So, naturally, you want it to go as smoothly as possible. And you certainly don’t want your surgery results to reverse months or years after your treatment.
Although some slight changes to your results over time are inevitable, there are steps you can take to maintain your results and help ensure breast augmentation, liposuction, or gynecomastia surgeries don’t reverse.
Follow these six tips to keep looking, and feeling, great years after your procedure..
1. Practice Healthy Habits
It will come as no surprise that tobacco can not only stress out your body and skin, but it can also slow the body’s healing process as well.
Whether you’ve undergone breast augmentation, liposuction, or gynecomastia surgery, you need to avoid tobacco both before your surgery and while you recover in order to heal properly. After you’ve healed, quit smoking altogether to ensure your results stand the test of time.
2. Pay Attention to Your Skin
Proper post-surgical care can make a big difference in preventing scarring and maintaining healthy skin care on a daily basis. Many procedures have specific post-op requirements in terms of cleaning the affected area. Using harsh or fragranced cleaners too soon could cause damage to your body, and failing to keep the area clean could lead to infection.
To maintain optimum skin health, listen to your surgeon and follow the post-operative instructions given. Then be sure to maintain your skin health by gently cleaning the affected area, staying hydrated, and avoiding tobacco and stress.
3. Exercise Regularly
You’ve invested a lot in obtaining your beautiful shape. You should always take the proper amount of time to recover from your surgery.
Once cleared by your surgeon, it’s important to get back on track with a regular exercise regimen (three to four times per week) that contains a good balance between cardio and strength training. Not only will this help you maintain your new body shape, but you’ll also feel more energized and happier.
4. Eat Right
Eating right is just as important to your post-surgical maintenance as exercise. Foods high in sugar, dairy, and refined grains can increase inflammation, swelling, and pain.
After you’ve recovered from your surgery, it’s a good idea to continue to follow a healthy diet, enjoying less healthy treats in moderation. This is especially the case if you have had body shaping of any kind done. Eat lean protein, lots of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains to help maintain that post-surgical shape.
5. De-stress Your Life
Prolonged stress can take a physical, emotional, and mental toll on your health, affecting everything from libido to sleep. Stress can also have a significant impact on how long your surgery results last.
Yoga offers a way for you to relax your mind and your body, allowing you to strike a balance that helps reduce the impact of stressful situations. Used in conjunction with healthy eating, regular exercise, and healthy habits, mindful meditation can aid you in de-stressing, giving a boost to your body’s ability to heal.
6. Consider Non-Surgical Touch-Ups When Needed
No amount of healthy eating, exercise, habit conditioning, or meditation will ever stop the aging process in its tracks or rewire genetics. They can, however, help you extend the life of your plastic surgery results.
If you’re looking for a little outside help in maintaining your post-surgery body, consider laser skin treatments, a hydrofacial, or other non-surgical and maintenance procedures that can further enhance and extend your results.
Keep Your Post-Surgical Results From Reversing
You’ve invested a good deal of time and energy into your cosmetic surgery choices. If you’re looking to prolong your surgical results, contact the professionals at The Spa at Proffer Surgical and be sure you’re doing everything in your power to maintain your new shape.
Schedule a consultation today to stay on track with maintaining your post-surgical look.