plastic surgery aftercare tips


The journey to achieving the best version of you doesn’t stop at surgery. The recovery period is just as important as the procedure itself. Ensuring that you fully recover is essential in any procedure to assure that you reap the full benefits of your treatment.

At Memorial Plastic Surgery, we have a team of board-certified plastic surgeons who will guide you throughout your aesthetic journey. We make sure that every patient is guided with detailed post-op instructions to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.


  • Set Your Expectations
    From as early as the initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you the most appropriate approach and provide you with the best treatment plan. This will help you develop realistic expectations regarding the procedure.
  • Take It Easy
    Patience is key during the recovery process following plastic surgery. Patients can expect to experience discomfort during the first few days. During this time, doctors highly recommend refraining from strenuous activity to avoid inflicting more trauma on the body.
  • Maintain Constant Use of Your Compression Garments and Surgical Bras
    Compression garments and surgical bras are commonly used to hold the specific body part in place while it’s adjusting to the newly made changes. Depending on the extent of the changes made in the body, doctors may recommend the constant use of these garments to maximize the procedure’s benefits.
  • Always Be Mindful of Procedure-Specific Aftercare Instructions
    Most of the aftercare is done at home. It is essential that you communicate with your doctor and listen carefully to the aftercare instructions to avoid unwanted complications.
  • Drink Water
    Hydration is crucial in keeping the body consistently performing at its best. Following plastic surgery, consuming water can significantly benefit your body while going through the recovery period.
  • Follow Your Scheduled Post-Op Appointments
    Close postoperative monitoring of your recovery by your surgeon is needed in order to assess and help you with the process.
  • Continue to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
    Consistency is key. That’s why a healthy lifestyle is the right approach after surgery. Consuming foods that are rich in lean proteins and vegetables can aid in the recovery of the body.
  • Allow Yourself to Gradually Return to Your Normal Routine
    Giving your wounds the right amount of time they need to heal is an important step that you need to take in order to get back to your everyday routine as soon as possible. As you start to feel better physically, you can once again gradually incorporate your activities into your daily routine.


  • Infections
    Infection is the most common manifestation of poor post-surgery care.
  • Hematoma
    Hematomas result from bleeding and manifest as swelling and bruising.


  • Wound Care
    Taking the necessary steps to care for your post-surgery wounds is vital for your recovery. It’s essential to follow the doctor’s post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth and successful overall recovery.
  • Drain Maintenance
    Surgical drains are used to collect excess fluid following surgery. Depending on the procedure, these drains will be kept in place for several days. Drains will need to be emptied once or more times a day. You can review extended tips for drain care here.


Scarring is the body’s natural way of healing. Here at Memorial Plastic Surgery, we understand that scars can hinder the final result of your aesthetic journey. That’s why our board-certified surgeons utilize the most advanced techniques and treatments to optimize healing and enhance your results.

*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.