Cosmetic Surgery recovery

What to Do While You’re Recovering from Plastic Surgery

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Plastic surgery can yield amazing results, especially when performed by an award-winning plastic surgeon like Michigan’s Dr. Ali. Whether you’re undergoing breast augmentation, liposuction, face contouring, or any other surgery, your body will still need to heal after the procedure. So what can you do while recovering? How can you get the best possible results?

“First and foremost, you’ll need to follow your surgeon’s recovery plan,” advises Dr. Ali. “Before the surgery, you will have consulted with your doctor to discuss the entire process from start to finish. You should receive a plan for the aftercare of your procedure. It’s in your best interest to follow it for optimal results.”

Additionally, be sure to disclose any and all medications you’re taking, as some (even natural remedies and supplements) can have adverse side effects before, during or after the surgery.

Your aftercare plan will likely include information on what to expect, helpful options to control pain and swelling, how long the recovery period will be and when to consult your physician.

To care for swelling, you can ice and elevate the affected area, in addition to using over-the-counter or prescribed medication. After some procedures, like breast surgery or liposuction, tubes may be inserted initially to help drain excess fluid. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions.

Allowing your body to heal is also crucial. “Many times, patients try to be too active too soon after a surgery,” notes Dr. Ali. “Be sure to give your body time to rest and recover, so the healing process can go as smoothly and quickly as possible.” If you try to go back to routine work or exercise too quickly, you are putting yourself at risk for more swelling, bleeding, and breakdown of incisions.

How to Make the Best of Your Downtime

If you’re normally an active person, resting for weeks or months might sound more like torture than productivity. While you know your body needs time to repair itself, you might find yourself going stir-crazy while you wait. What can you do in the meantime to keep busy and productive? Consider these tips:

  • Cook healthy meals for yourself. Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables can ensure you get the vitamins and minerals necessary for healing. Try creating new and different meals. You can find many easy recipes online or through cooking apps.
  • Catch up on some reading. Whether you prefer newspapers, magazines, non-fiction or novels, there are plenty of ways to get reading. With e-readers and associated apps, you can enjoy your favorite writing on everything from your phone to your tablet or computer. You could visit your local library to get books (or movies) for free. Most libraries now offer free e-books as well.
  • Enjoy your favorite visual or audio media. Services like Netflix, Sling, Amazon Prime, and Hulu allow you to watch your favorite TV shows and movies any time, virtually anywhere. You can also employ these services to listen to your favorite music. As with e-reading apps, you can watch or listen on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or TV. It’s the perfect way to make the healing process go faster.
  • Get in touch with friends and family. A busy lifestyle may mean less time for communication with loved ones. You finally have a few moments to talk to those you care about the most. Why not call a family member and see how she’s been? Why not email a friend and get back in touch? Taking it easy physically can give you time to maintain your social circles in a new way.
  • Try to relish the downtime. You’ve probably heard that deep breathing and quiet time can be beneficial, but maybe you’ve never had the opportunity to really try it out. Now is the perfect time to make the most of your recovery.

Dr. Ali advises, “Taking care of yourself immediately after plastic surgery will really pay out dividends in the future. Use this time to heal properly, and your outcome will be truly wonderful.”

To learn more about various plastic surgery procedures, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali today!

About Us: Based near Detroit, Michigan, board-certified surgeon Dr. Ali provides superb services with a kind, skilled and compassionate touch.

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Areas You Never Knew Could Look So Good

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Most people have a problem area or two that they’d love to get rid of. If the idea of plastic surgery or a tummy tuck doesn’t sound appealing, there might be another solution. There are several areas of the body that liposuction can have a big impact on.

“Liposuction is a great option for many patients who don’t need a more invasive procedure, or who just have a small area to correct,” says Dr. Ali, a plastic surgeon in Michigan. “From your face, to your belly, to even your ankles, we can remove excess fat and have you looking and feeling better than ever in no time.”

Do you suffer from what is known as “cankles?” When you wear shorts, if you don’t have a clear, beautiful and elegant transition from your calf to your ankles, you may have cankles. And that can be a source of embarrassment for some. But liposuction is a great way to trim out the excess fat, and give you back graceful lines and shapelier legs.

Even with the best workout routine and attention to diet, we can develop stubborn areas of fat the refuse to go away. And as we age, we may notice that happening more around our midsections. If you have a small area, often known as a muffin top, that just doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction can help.

Liposuction is also a great option for your upper torso or back. Do you have areas of fat that bulge out from your bra? Liposuction can target those areas, removing the fat and making a smooth, beautifully contoured look.

Do you see a double chin when you look in the mirror. Liposuction can slim the jawline and neck area, making you look both thinner and younger.

Are you interested in a breast reduction, but aren’t excited about a serious surgery and scars? Liposuction may be able to sculpt away fatty tissue, leaving you with a more manageable profile. However, liposuction cannot be used for large reductions, only smaller reshaping procedures.

If you are a male who is embarrassed to take your shirt off at the pool because of enlarged breasts, known as gynecomastia, liposuction is a great solution for you. It can give you the appearance of a firmer and more muscular looking chest.

Another area that is gaining popularity for liposuction is the calf. Skinny jeans are all the rage, and many women don’t like the way their calves look in them. A little liposuction can contour the calf, creating a beautifully sculpted leg.

To achieve your desired look, it’s important to follow all after care instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. Compression garments will be worn to control swelling and ensure the skin compresses to the new contours the liposuction created.

Recovery time will depend on the specific area you had liposuction performed on, but it can take a few months for the swelling to completely go away. But as the swelling disappears, you’ll be thrilled with your new look and can confidently take on the world.

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How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon

Deciding that you want to pursue cosmetic surgery is usually a decision that is not made lightly or in haste, and neither should choosing the person to perform that surgery! Once you have made the choice to move forward with a procedure, you need to start researching doctors who are capable of performing for you. This process may seem daunting and intimidating. As highly tenured staff of the plastic surgery industry, we wanted to share with you a few helpful tips for electing your surgeon.

Things to Look For:

Board Certified – make sure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. By law, anyone who is a doctor (i.e. a psychiatrist) can perform plastic surgery. Do not just go by the information on their website – do your research through the board to ensure it is accurate. A board certified surgeon will have undergone both academic testing as well as three to five years of general surgery training and a minimum of two years of plastic surgery training. It also ensures that they are completing continuing education courses and keeping their skills and knowledge relevant.

Malpractice Records – of course this is not something that they would advertise. Do your research – make sure there are no current or previous lawsuits brought against your surgeon. Reaching out to your state medical board can help you obtain this information.

Hospital Privileges – although some plastic surgeries may be outpatient procedures, many surgeons—particularly reputable ones—will partner with hospitals. Hospital privileges ensure that a full background check has been completed.

Healthgrades ratings & Vitals reviews – these services are a great way to find out how the doctor fares from both a patient and industry grading perspective. They also provide you with details about your surgeon’s background, schooling and certifications.

Things to Avoid:

Deals – think about it this way: qualified surgeons spend years of their life becoming eligible to perform surgery. Why would they then go and discount your procedures by 30-50%? Any surgeon offering something that seems “too good to be true” is likely offering just that. Be wary of deals – anything from free lipo with a breast augmentation to 50% off if you pay up front. This isn’t to say that the more expensive the better, but there are other ways to market than to undercut price.

Multiple Procedures – having multiple procedures increases risk, particularly when done in one setting. If you find yourself going in for a face lift consult and walking out with a recommendation of a face lift, breast augmentation and tummy tuck consider the surgeon’s true motivation.

Dr. Ali offers qualified consultations to patients – if you are unsure if cosmetic surgery is right for you or if you are interested in a procedure contact us today!