As with any surgery, side effects are a normal part of the healing process following cosmetic surgery. But side effects should not be confused with complications, which are rare and more serious. At our practice, Dr. Malamet takes the time to discuss such side effects and the specific ways to prevent them or lessen their occurrence.
Bruising and swelling
Bruising and swelling are a result of damage done to the tiny blood vessels when an incision is made. Fluids leak out of the blood vessels, which leads to swelling. Wearing compression garments is the best way to reduce swelling. Supplements such as arnica montana have also been shown to help.
When blood leaks out of the damaged blood vessels and pools in the surrounding tissue, bruising is the result. Aside from compression garments, the following steps can help prevent or minimize the degree of bruising:
- Application of ice packs
- Elevating the operated area
- Consumption of foods that are high in vitamin K days before the procedure, as they have been shown to thicken the blood and consequently reduce bruising
- Blood thinners such as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) should be avoided days or weeks before plastic surgery because they will only increase the tendency to bruise
Pain, itching, and numbness
It’s not just the blood vessels that are damaged when an incision is made during plastic surgery. Nerves are affected, too. As they are responsible for sensation, nerve damage or compression can result in pain, numbness, and/or itching. Pain may be relieved with pain medications while both itching and numbness will subside as the body finds new neural pathways during the healing process.
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