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Post-Surgery Tips

We have added some frequently asked post-surgery tips for your convenience, Any additional questions or advice needed? Don’t hesitate to ask. Dr. V provides timely after care and consultations for all of her patients.

SHOULD I APPLY SPECIAL SCAR CREAMS OR GELS?

After a satisfactory wound check, which is usually after 10 days, you can start massaging the scars. The act of massaging itself is most beneficial for active scars. In normal scars with a regular flat appearance Dr. Rotsaert recommends you moisturise with whatever moisturiser works best for you personally. Do this twice a day. Sun protection with a total sun block SPF50 is key for as long as there is scar activity. You can assess scar activity by its redness, Hypertophic or keloid scars warrant tailored treatments like scar creams, silicone patches or steroid injections. This will be prescribed during your follow-up visits with Dr, Rotsaert

WHICH BRA SHOULD I WEAR AFTER AESTHETIC BREAST SURGERY?

Dr. Rotsaert recommends wearing a good front-close post-surgery bra day and night as this is the best possible bandage to wear after aesthetic breast surgery. Refrain from wearing underwired bras for 6 weeks. Click HERE for a full post-surgery garment guide.

CAN I SHOWER AFTER SURGERY?

Dr. Rotsaert usually recommends her patients to refrain from showering the first 48 hours after general anaesthesia as a precaution since she doesn’t want you to feel dizzy or potentially pass out in the shower. Showers, hairwash with shampoo and conditioner are allowed after face and neck lifts. The same applies for drainless tummy tucks or breast procedures as well as arm and thigh lifts or labiaplasties.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER SURGERY?

Take it easy, relax, don’t be hard on yourself. Now is not the time to start a crazy diet as your body needs energy. Don’t listen to often well-meant advice from friends and relatives. If you have serious queries, discuss them with your doctor.

You can absolutely walk, try to walk a decent amount as being immobile during the post-operative period increases the chance of developing a so-called deep vein thrombosis. On some occasions you might be given low molecular weight heparin shots as to prevent these clots from arising, e.g. after tummy tuck or thigh lift surgery.

CAN I SMOKE AFTER SURGERY?

No, absolutely not. You are undergoing aesthetic surgery, which is elective surgery and as such we should do everything to mitigate risk. Please refrain from smoking for at least a month before surgery and 6 weeks afterwards and obviously longer if you can! Now is a nice time to give up smoking for good.

WHAT CAN’T I DO AFTER AESTHETIC BREAST SURGERY?

Advice might differ on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking no heavy lifting, pushing, pulling or cycling are allowed for a very strict 4 weeks after surgery. After this you can gradually start doing all these things again. Running is strictly prohibited for 6 weeks. Click HERE for a full list of FAQ’s you should ask before getting breast augmentation surgery.

SHOULD I WEAR SOMETHING TO SUPPORT MY TUMMY AFTER TUMMY TUCK?

Dr. Rotsaert prefers her patients wear an abdominal binder after a tummy tuck. This offers comfort, support and sometimes is a reminder of the surgery you just underwent. Dr. Rotsaert recommends you wear this a strict 4 weeks day and night followed by 2 weeks throughout the day. Click HERE to read our full post-surgery guide.

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