How to maintain results after surgery

OP. DR. YUNUS DOĞAN

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Your drains and bandages are long gone. The pain medication has run out but you haven’t needed it for a while now anyway. Bruises have faded and scars are healing. Congratulations on wrapping up your recovery time! You’ve gotten through surgery AND recovery and might be wondering what comes next. Maybe you are starting to settle back into the life you had pre-surgery with some old routines and habits. Are you concerned about heading down the path that led you to plastic surgery in the first place?

How can you best support yourself and the new features you’ve acquired? Is the hardest part over? Is the physical pain you’ve endured greater than the mental challenges you may face in the future? Read our tips for making your self-investment last. Following our advice will help you be the best version of yourself for the longest period of time possible, depending on your level of engagement.

Extend the aftercare advice

Remember when we told you how to rapidly recover from your plastic surgery initially? We said to:

  • Lay off the sauce and smokes, at least temporarily.
  • Feed your body the good stuff. Focus on nutrition.
  • Listen to your doctor’s advice and follow that aftercare plan. Ask questions if you’re confused.
  • Listen to your body when it tells you to rest.


Take that advice and multiply it. By however long you want to feel your best. Read on for more detailed instructions.

Kicking those bad habits for good

Smoking is 100% bad for your health 100% of the time. It has no benefit and will only negate the positive changes you’ve recently made. You know by now that smoking harms you from the inside by impeding your body’s ability to heal after trauma and surgery. Do you know that smoking will also nullify any positive outcomes from skin lift surgery?

Medical News Today published a laundry list of 16 ways smoking damages your beautiful skin. It can get a little depressing, but if you put out that cigarette in your hand RIGHT NOW, we will let you know that quitting can reverse some of the damage done! There’s a silver lining but you can’t see it through that smoke.

Excessive alcohol use can also impact your overall health through weight gain. An occasional drink is acceptable; like many things, moderation is key. Liposuction - 360 degree liposuction, specifically - can remove some fat, but it can’t pop a beer belly, deflate your spare tire or be a solution to handle your love handles.

You really are what you eat

New automobiles sometimes have a sticker saying they perform better on higher octane fuel. Is that just Big Oil’s gimmick to persuade you to buy more expensive petrol? We can’t say for sure but we do know this: you will be healthier if you eat healthy food. Processed food will not benefit your body in the way that fresh fruits and vegetables do. Lean proteins are preferable to fast food. Water is better than sugary soda and juice.

Healthy food doesn’t have to mean boring, boiled broccoli. (But if you like boiled broccoli, that’s great!) Air fryers are a popular way to quickly cook and add amazing flavor and texture, without adding unnecessary fat.

There is a world of information about different styles of eating like keto, paleo, vegetarian, vegan… the list is extensive and we don’t promote one diet over another. The key is finding one that works best for you. Don’t punish yourself with an outdated perspective of the word “diet.” Think of what you consume as fuel for that new vehicle you just bought from your surgeon.

Move it or lose it

If your old lifestyle was sedentary, you will need to change some things to stay in the shape you’re in right now. You don’t need to go out and run marathons - this is especially dangerous if you’ve just had breast augmentation or a significant BBL (Brazilian butt lift) - but you should explore the world of exercise. Even regular walks around your neighborhood have numerous benefits.

Exercise is also a great stress reliever, helping you avoid a myriad of problems that can occur in the short and long term. For incentive to reduce stress in your life, read ReachOut’s article on ways stress tears you down as it wears you down. Find a fun activity you actually enjoy and you’re more likely to keep at it.

The last stitch

Above all else, find a way to make these tips sustainable. Following the advice temporarily will only give you temporary results. Your plastic surgeon might literally have a revolving door: however, just because you CAN keep going back doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

If you want long term change, you need long term commitment. You are the only one living in your body and the decisions you make determine how long it will stay in the great shape you have it in right now. Superb results that are viable require you to stay liable.

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