While everyone reacts differently to surgery, everyone that goes under the knife will go through recovery. One of the differences that separate a fast recovery from a lengthy one is how prepared you are. Ensuring the best possible surgical outcomes starts before you ever enter the operating room. It begins with good vitamins and supplementation. Dr. Barrett has discovered hundreds of products aimed at ensuring his patients have the best plastic surgery healing process possible; from his tummy tuck recovery kit to his breast augmentation recovery kit, his whole-body approach reflects a holistic healing path to health and wellness.
How long does it take to recover from plastic surgery?
While there is no finite answer, as every patient and surgery is different, there are some general things to expect as you contemplate your recovery time for plastic surgery. Depending on your type of surgery, you might have postoperative surgical drains that’ll be left in for a few days; if you’re recovering from a tummy tuck, you’ll likely need to wear an abdominal binder for several weeks to support your abdomen and avoid fluid buildup. Your surgeon will advise you as to your optimal sleeping position, but you’ll likely need to sleep on an incline for at least the first few days. It’s important that you keep moving after surgery to keep blood flowing, which will aid in your healing process and help prevent a blood clot from forming in your legs. Something as simple as light walking around your home is just perfect to get your blood flowing. But it’s important that you rest as much as possible, and don’t feel discouraged if you feel tired for weeks or even months after your plastic surgery. Healing is hard work! With that being said, it might be several weeks before you feel “normal” again, and you might not be able to drive or take part in strenuous exercise or physical activity for a few weeks. Of course, you should consult with your board-certified plastic surgeon to determine a post-op timeline that is specific to you and the particulars of your plastic surgery.
The five things to buy for recovery
Formulated in both a Healfast Pre-Op version and a Healfast Post-Op version, Healfast contains everything your body is going to need to recover from surgery. In addition to the vitamins needed to prepare your body to go under the knife and assist in your post-op recovery, it contains prebiotics to help restore the natural gut flora and fauna that’s affected by the antibiotics needed to prevent any infection from surgery.
Barrett Recovery CBD, a full spectrum organic CBD that’s formulated with 1500mg of pure, therapeutic cannabidiol per bottle, is really a game-changer for pain management, anxiety and sleep. CBD can also help with post-op swelling by affecting the signals in the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, which are found in the body’s central and peripheral nervous systems.
Magnesium Breakthrough is also essential to control the muscle spasms that may occur as you go through your mommy makeover recovery. It can also help with constipation and sleep. Arnica Recovery Complex contains both arnica and bromelain, and is an effective, holistic way to decrease the inflammation after surgery that occurs in your body without causing a leaky gut that can happen with traditional anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or aspirin. MassZymes, a digestive enzyme supplement, breaks down the debris created from the wound healing process, improves tissue remodeling and actually reduces the lab markers of inflammation, making it one of the best supplements for healing after your mommy makeover.
Want to supercharge your recovery: Two more items you should have
Starting at two weeks post-op, you should start using scar gel. Skinuva® is surgical scar healing cream that’s backed by science and uses highly selective growth factors which are shown to be twice as effective as silicone cream.
Another game-changer: Red light therapy. A key therapeutic treatment for inflammation, it works by penetrating the body at the cellular level with specific wavelengths of light, reducing swelling and supporting tissue repair and regeneration. LightStim in particular combines this therapeutic light energy with patented technology as inflammation after surgical treatment in an easy-to-use, at-home device. It accelerates the body’s recovery process by increasing circulation and is even FDA cleared to relieve pain. When used right after surgery (and beyond), it can help significantly with swelling, bruising and even with post-surgery scarring.
Dr. Barrett has also curated his custom surgical recovery kits to set his patients up for surgical success with the least amount of downtime and discomfort possible.
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