Whether you have an elective or non-elective surgery, both will require you to take the time to properly heal and take care of your body. And though you will be excited to get back out there and feel more comfortable in your own skin, taking the time to recover is essential. We have a few tips to make sure you have as smooth of a recovery as possible.
Keep an eye on your skin
When you are going through the healing process, your skin and body will change. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your skin and the scars forming from incision sites and closure points. Once your skin has healed, scars will become more apparent, and you may not be thrilled with how they look. But don’t worry, even if you can’t take part in scar revision surgery, there are plenty of products and remedies to lessen the scarring and impact they have on the image of your body.
Ask for help
Let’s face it, though healing is done all on your own, there are moments when you really do need help. So, instead of trying to navigate this difficult and challenging time all by yourself, reach out for help when you need it. Ask a friend to drop off a meal, call on your family to help you with household tasks, or recruit your bestie to video chat you once a week to keep you sane. Asking for help isn’t always easy, but it can make a huge difference when it comes to healing properly and healing within the projected timeline. And when you are all healed up, you can send a thoughtful thank you gift to express your love and gratitude.
Get plenty of rest
When you get good sleep, your body is given the time it needs to heal, grow, and rest. So, of course, getting good sleep and resting throughout the recovery process can make a major difference in your healing. If you feel like your space just isn’t allowing you to get the rest you need, it might be time to spruce up your room. Give the carpet a nice vacuum, get a fresh pair of clean and cozy sheets, lower the lights, and remove distractions. This will help freshen up your space and may just be the push you need to finally get that much-needed rest.
Ensure you go to all follow-up appointment
Ok, we know this one sounds pretty self-explanatory, but it is vital to your healing process to go to all follow-up appointments, even if you are feeling better. So many people think that just because they start to feel better, or look better, that they are out of the woods, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Your doctor has set up a healing plan for a reason, so be sure to stick to it. If not, that could cause long-term side effects and issues.
When most people are recovering from surgery, they want to stay inside until they are fully healed. They oftentimes don’t want to show their faces to the world, hoping that once they do reemerge, they will be all good to go. But staying inside can actually be detrimental to your healing.
We can love our home’s personalized spaces a lot, but that doesn’t mean that is all we should see. As long as your doctor has given you the green light, going outside can really change your viewpoint and make the healing process quicker and easier. If you are too cooped up inside, your mental health may start to suffer and can cause your physical health to drop, too. So, put on those comfy walking kicks and get out and about. You will be glad you did.
We hope that your recovery journey goes as smoothly as possible. Good luck and happy healing!