Author; Mallory Buxton, BSN, RN
Lots and lots of pillows. Whether you're having a facelift, tummy tuck or brachioplasty (arm lift) odds are that the surgeon is going to want you to sleep ELEVATED and propped up on pillows. So start hoarding the pillows, because you'll want to sleep with them behind you, under your bent knees to take the strain off of your back and under yours arms for comfort depending on the type of surgery you had.
2. Stool Softener
I don't care how regular you are, 99.9% of post surgical patients become constipated from anesthesia and/or narcotic pain medications. Until you have had your first post operative bowel movement, please, please, PLEASE take a stool softener every day starting the day of surgery. Narcotics are very effective for relieving pain but also very constipating. Combined with a decrease in activity and appetite and the odds are stacked against your colon.
Hydration is key after plastic surgery (Well, let's be honest it's always important!) In order to make it easier to drinks fluids, have straws on hand. Even better, have a tumbler with a lid and plastic straw so that if it tips whilst you're trying to drink lying in bed, you have less of a chance of spilling.
4. Plastic Snack Baggies
If you're having any type of facial surgery (rhytidectomy, blepharoplasty, brow lift) many surgeons will want you to ice with frozen peas after surgery. If so, the small little rectangular bags meant for snack baggies (I always picture pretzel sticks in these when thinking of them) are ideal for icing any part of your face.
The #5 thing you may want after plastic surgery
5.) A Concierge Nurse Patient Advocate
100% of the clients we've helped have given us 5 star reviews on Facebook. From giving you a ride home after surgery to staying overnight and bringing you to your follow up appointment, Solos Nurses provide peace of mind and convenience to your and your family. Although you may have friends or family that are available to you, there is no substitute for the comfort and privacy a Concierge Nurse Patient Advocate can bring, especially in the first 48 hours after surgery.
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Mallory Buxton, BSN, RN
An entrepreneur & believer