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Recovery Tips for Cosmetic Surgery

Dr Richard Sackelariou’s recovery tips and instructions for patients after Cosmetic Surgery. Reading all the provided materials will help you understand how to get a better result and what’s normal for recovery.

Healing and Recovery After Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

It is important to know what to expect and to be flexible. Remind yourself that every patient heals and recovers at their own rate. It is also incredibly important that you take your time and get adequate rest. Furthermore, you need to monitor your nutrition, drink lots of water, eat healthily and don’t skip meals.

Quality sleep after breast or tummy tuck surgery may be difficult at first, but it does improve. You may be overly emotionally reactive in part due to having been through surgery and in part to disrupted sleep. Be patient and kind and gentle with yourself. Pamper yourself and create a comfortable, peaceful healing environment in whatever ways you can. It’s also important to have good emotional support around you and avoid any negative unsupportive people.

We’re here to help you recover. We are also happy to answer questions or to reassure you about what’s a normal healing process after plastic surgery. And what is not? We can help you understand:

  • What to expect in terms of wound healing.
  • The common emotional reactions after your procedure.
  • You need to have good support around you.
  • How to make your post-op room as comfortable as possible.

Managing Your Surgery Risks During Recovery and Knowing When to Call Your Surgeon

Remember, not only is also surgery serious but it also involves risks. Choosing whether or not surgery is right for you is a very personal decision. You need to pay careful attention to any symptoms so you are alert to anything that might not be normal during the recovery process.

Your surgeon and nurse coordinator will take you through surgery risks and potential complications associated with your surgery to help you understand what to watch out for. You’ll be given a list of what to watch out for and how to care for your incision lines as you heal.

During a consultation, you’ll also be asked to sign a consent form indicating you fully understand the procedure, the associated risks, and potential complications issues. So be sure you do read, understand and ask questions before your surgery. This will definitely be of help to you to ensure a quicker recovery and better healing process.

Be sure you alert your surgeon to any concerning symptoms, unusual sensations or other issues as advised or recommended.

If it is after clinic hours and for any reason, you cannot reach your surgeon and/or are feeling very unwell, call our after-hours number. They’ll happily answer any and all questions or concerns you may have. Never hesitate to call your surgeon and/or their nursing team if you have a concern.

For emergencies, seek urgent medical attention/visit the emergency room if required. This is rare but can happen, so just be alert and know what to expect.

Recovery Tips to Help Improve Your Recovery after Surgery

Patients often wonder if they can speed up recovery after breast surgery, tummy tuck or other procedures. Recovery times and normal healing processes after surgery are key concerns when you schedule your surgery date. We understand you’ll be eager to get back into your daily routines. That’s why we offer suggestions to help you experience a more comfortable recovery and a result. But while our suggestions aim to help you have a quicker recovery after surgery, we also want you to achieve the best possible results from your procedure. Sometimes that means you’ll need to be patient and allow yourself adequate time to heal. Moreover, if you have a complication, your healing may take a bit longer than you planned.

Recovery time for patients varies greatly depending on the individual and the procedure. But there a several things patients can do both before and after surgery to move their recovery and scar healing along. Following these simple suggestions may help you through your surgery recovery stage quicker or more comfortably.

  • For breast surgery patients, where applicable, wear the post-surgery bra or post-surgery compression garment(s) that has been provided for you. Wear this day and night for as long as you’ve been instructed.
  • Alert your surgeon to any concerns.
  • Know what’s normal and what might be a cause for seeking treatment.
  • Read the surgery guides before you have surgery and after.
  • Including the recovery guides and post-op care guides provided to you for your procedure.
  • Good nutrition is crucial to your wound healing and recovery
  • It is not appropriate for people with wounds to follow diets that limit intake
  • This includes diets to reduce cholesterol or weight and diets that avoid entire food groups such as carbohydrates

Your Rapid Recovery Kit

Supplementation of essential nutrients is often necessary when a normal diet is lacking.

While we strongly encourage a diet that provides you with all the ingredients you need for healing, we suggest a range of supplements that can help provide you with nutrients that you may require during recovery. Some of these products may assist your recovery and healing.

Arginaid Powder Drink

Arginine is concentrated in the skin and connective tissue and increases collagen deposition. It works at a cellular level to assist healing and stimulate the immune response. While it is found in foods such as eggs, nuts and whole grains, we have provided you with a box of Arginaid Powder Drink. This gives you the additional support your body will need at this time. Dissolve one packet in a glass of water twice a day, until all are used.

Arnica Tablets

Derived from the European plant Arnica Montana, Arnica is traditionally used in homoeopathic medicine to help relieve strains, sprains, bruising and sore, aching muscles. It may therefore help to relieve muscular pain, swelling and bruising after your surgery. Follow the dosage guidelines on the box. The small tablets dissolve quickly under your tongue.

Supplementary Vitamins

Swisse Hair Skin Nails is a combination of vitamins and minerals shown to support hair, skin and nail health. It contains ingredients essential for the formation of collagen and the maintenance of healthy skin. Vitamin tablets may be of assistance with speeding up wound healing and improving scar results. It is recommended you take one tablet per day with food.

Peppermint Tea

After surgery, some people report that they have an “unsettled” stomach or are feeling a little “off colour”. You can usually attribute this to the general anaesthetic. Peppermint tea has a long tradition of medicinal use in relieving nausea.

Scar Management and Healing Support

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue that replace normal skin after injury or surgery. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body.

It is a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g., after accident, disease, or surgery) results in some degree of scarring. All surgery leaves a scar. Some patients have more visible scars than others. Ask your surgeon for information and what to expect.

After your wound has closed and healed, it can take over 12 months for the scar to completely settle. Dr Richard uses some of the latest, most advanced surgical techniques and can suggest scar minimisation technologies to help reduce the extent of scarring. Other healing aids may help with scar healing or reduce scar visibility. We can give you advice on what to do to help minimise your scars.

Post-Recovery Phase

If you’re like most patients, once you recover from surgery, you’ll be glad you finally proceeded. That’s because most patients spend months or years ‘contemplating’ and researching a desired plastic surgery procedure to restore or correct an aesthetic or medical concern. The good news is that many plastic surgery patients on consumer forums do report high patient satisfaction rates with these procedures. But at the same time, nearly every patient questions their decisions making during the initial phases of post-op healing and recovery.

Our surgery recovery suggestions may help you recover more comfortably, and potentially more quickly. But it is important to never rush the process. We take extra steps to ensure you are not only prepared for your surgery experience, but for your surgery recovery period as well. Our nurses will provide you with a Rapid Recovery Package to help you during your initial healing period.

Follow-Ups and Check-Ups

Follow-up and check-up visits are part of our service and included in your surgery cost/price quote. So be sure to book, and attend, each and every recommended follow-up appointment including having annual check-ups with your surgeon.

*This information is general in nature; and is not a substitute for what your medical practitioner advises you to choose; be sure you get direct advice from your Surgeon and do NOT consume any substances or foods that will be harmful to your healing.


Why Choose Dr Richard Sackelariou?

The first step to chin augmentation surgery or cosmetic injections is to arrange a confidential appointment with Dr Richard Sackelariou in either his Melbourne 1300 264 811 or Sydney 1300 661 362  location.

During this consultation, you’ll be asked about your medical history, prior facial surgeries, and which concerns have led you to seek a surgical solution.  There is no obligation to proceed with surgery but you’ll have a far better idea about what’s involved with chin implant procedures.

An expert Plastic Surgeon in Chin Augmentation procedures, via plastic surgery and/or dermal filler volumisers, can give you details not only about the PROS but also the CONS of chin injections vs Medpor chin implants for enhancing your chin proportions.

Dr Richard Sackelariou is a renowned plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is highly skilled and has worked in England, Paris, and Sydney, learning and improving his techniques as he went along. Dr Sackelariou specialises in face, nose, breast and body surgery for women and men.

Recommendation: Choose a FRACS recognised Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has expertise in your chosen procedure.


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

Dr Sackelariou is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures.

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

What’s Next

Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou. Try the Free Nose Simulation Tool.


If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery then Dr Richard Sackelariou is the specialist plastic surgeon for you.

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