You’ve read Part 1 and got lots of answers to questions you never knew that you had! But we know you have more tricky (or embarrassing) questions and we are here to help.
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Your rest is important for your recovery
Limit your pre and post op schedule – rest and downtime are important, so try to limit the amount of socialising, work deadlines, kids activities or being away from home. After your surgery, have family and friends visit you at home for select periods, or only in small groups. Get someone else to take your turn for fruit break at playgroup. Don’t organise for the handyman to fix the patio that week. You need quiet and the ability to rest.
Make sure you have low key entertainment ready to go – borrow a bunch of books from the library or download them on to your reader. Sign up to Netflix or haul out your DVD collection from storage. Sign up to Pinterest and create your dream house or holiday. Find your old drawing or art and craft stuff, that you can do from your lounge or bed. Deciding it’s a good week to finally declutter the garage is not on!
Avoid activity – ask for help with kids and housework. You will need to rest, so plan ahead and accept offers of help. If anyone says, ‘let me know what I can do for you’… let them know! Ask a friend from your kids’ school to drop your kids to school or sport for you that week. Let a neighbour hang your washing and bring it in for you.
You can reduce bruising and swelling
Bruising is something many patients worry about when it comes to having surgery, because it not only looks and feels uncomfortable, but people notice and ask, ‘what happened to you?’! Arnica is a natural homeopathic spray which we include in your pre-surgery kit here at CAPS Clinic. You can use the Arnica spray pre and post surgery to reduce bruising and swelling post operatively. You can also sleep and rest slightly elevated to reduce swelling and bruising.
You can manage your scars
One of the biggest concerns for many patients is surgical scars. How big will they be? Will they be obvious? How long until they settle down? Dr Taylor and our nurses will discuss what you can expect and scar management with you. Following your suture removal appointment, we will encourage you to continue to place Micropore tape over the wounds. This tape places gentle pressure on the wounds and reduces scar thickening and can be done for six weeks following the surgery. We also recommend the use of scar healing gel from six weeks on. We also have Healite LED light technology treatments available to reduce swelling, bruising and scar formation after surgery, which can be performed before and after your surgery. You should also avoid sun exposure, harsh chemicals, be careful with the clothing you wear over top and the level of activity you undertake. The reality is that after surgery there will be scars, but they can be minimised and may even become barely noticeable.
You know you are healing when you feel itchy.
Itchiness is generally a sign that your body is healing, when it comes to your scars and wound area. (If you are itchy all over or have developed a rash, talk to your nurse or anaesthetist as this could be a sign of reaction to medications or dressings!) You can ease the itching and help soften the skin by applying moisturising lotion, which we provide in our post op kits. Applied directly after a shower, allow it to sink in, then wipe away the excess before putting on your compression garment. Itchiness will settle with time.
Your options may not be surgical
Often, we get so focused on surgery being our only option, we start researching and considering and become convinced it what we need. In some cases, that may be the most suitable to you. Here at the CAPS Clinic we have a range of non-surgical options that might be more suitable to you, or at least, buy you some time whilst deciding upon a surgical option. This might be CoolSculpting instead of Liposuction, Titan laser or CoolSculpting Mini instead of a Facelift, cosmetic injectables instead of a Brow Lift or Blepharoplasty.
You may need to undress during your consultation
Whilst seeing a surgeon to find out about a life changing surgery that will have many positive effects and will lead to a happy outcome, you may be feeling nervous about the first consultation. Depending on the area of your body you are considering for surgery, you may need to remove your clothes (including your bra) and stand in front of a surgeon who is examining and considering areas of your body… areas of your body that you aren’t that happy with and want to change! It’s natural to feel a bit clammy and perhaps a red flush might come over you. Please be reassured that it’s normal and happens to many patients. Dr Taylor is an experienced professional who wants the best outcome for you, and that means a thorough examination to provide a full assessment and successful consultation.
Now go and read Part 3! If you have other questions, please call and talk to our Patient Services Team on (02) 6282 1177. You can also discuss them with Dr Taylor during your personal consultation with him, or our Cosmetic Consultants, Cheryl and Rachelle.