You've had cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery and now you need to learn about careful follow-up care.
Your doctor no doubt has already given you instructions for the immediate care you need after your cosmetic surgery. But cosmetic surgery is not like other surgeries. Follow-up involves a commitment by you and your doctor to maintain your new look for as long as possible. The specific follow-up care you'll need is going to depend on the type of cosmetic surgery you had, your age, your lifestyle, and your expectations.
Immediately after surgery
After your procedure, your surgeon will visit you in your room to discuss progress and answer any questions you may have. If you are staying in hospital overnight, he/she will see you again the following day prior to discharge.
Once you are home
All our patients are given comprehensive post-operative guidelines prior to their procedure to read at home. However, in case you have any concerns you will be given an out-of-hours telephone number so that you may contact us at any time, 24 hours a day.
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Suture removal is usually scheduled 7-10 days after surgery (depending on your procedure).
We will advise you at each follow-up visit when you need to return for any further checks. If you would like to speak prior to the scheduled dates, you are always welcome to seek advice either by telephone or by making an appointment at the clinic.
Ongoing follow-up care and advice is given to all our patients whenever it may be required.
What to Expect with Follow-Up Care
It's possible you may need follow-up cosmetic surgery to correct an issue that arises from the first surgery, such as a ruptured breast implant. You may also need follow-up surgery if you are not satisfied with the initial results.
Keep in mind it may take several weeks or even months before you can accurately evaluate your new look. Be sure you give yourself enough time to heal from the procedure you had before you analyze the results.
Facts About Follow-Up Care After Cosmetic Surgery
Your doctor should be active in ensuring the best follow-up care after cosmetic surgery and your satisfaction with the results. Here are some facts you should know:
- Follow-up cosmetic surgery may be required to correct an effect from surgery (such as a ruptured breast implant). Follow-up cosmetic surgeries may also be required if you are not satisfied with the initial results.
- You should know when to start evaluating your new look. That is, how long after your cosmetic surgery should you begin evaluating your look? This may be weeks, or it may be months. Remember, depending on your procedure, you have to give yourself adequate time to heal before you analyze the results.
To help you with follow-up care, here are questions to ask your surgeon:
- How long will my new look last? If I've had injections, how often will I have to get new injections to maintain the look?
- When should I begin thinking about any follow up cosmetic surgeries I may need?
- If I've had a face-lift, neck lift, or other type of facial lift, will I need to have it done again at some point?
- How will these surgeries affect my insurance? Will my premiums increase and will my future coverage be affected? How has this kind of surgery affected other patients' insurance?
You chose cosmetic surgery to improve your life and look. So it's important to discuss every concern you have with your doctor.