After surgery the most common psychological sensation is relief. Especially when the retouching has been thought of and desired for so long, patients report that they finally feel themselves, happy in their own bodies as never before. For this to happen, however, it is essential that the operation be performed well, in respect of what is shared with the patient and in a perspective of naturalness and harmony. At that point, a second but no less important phase opens: that of convalescence. Together with Professor Marco Klinger, Head of Plastic Surgery at Humanitas, we see the rules to follow in order to live at your best and in safety.
How to maximize results and avoid complications
“From a medical point of view, convalescence is a time to follow carefully, to avoid complications and if possible to maximize results – explained the specialist – An example is the recommendation to patients subjected to lipoaspiration, to perform massages to make the contours of the body even more symmetrical and homogeneous”. From a psychological point of view, convalescence is a precious moment to take stock of your lifestyle and in the case of patients who are lazy or not very attentive to food, assume positive habits to continue in the future. Especially in remodeling operations (such as abdominoplasty and lipoaspiration), the doctor begins to share with patients the importance of a healthy and active life from the first meetings, when the intervention is not yet decided: “It makes no sense in fact to remove abdominal tissues and excess fat, if then the patient does not commit to avoid fattening or fattening and slimming in alternating stages in the future,” emphasizes Professor Klinger.
The patient’s commitment is fundamental
“In general, I want to make it clear immediately that the success of the operation depends not only on me,” the professor said, “but also on the patient’s commitment immediately after the surgery and in the years to come. Without the right movement and essential nutrients, the tissues will age earlier and lose tone and elasticity. It is therefore important to arouse an active commitment in the patient and I find that this too is about being a doctor, before being a surgeon and even before being a plastic surgeon”. The doctor’s recommendations are more in the name of “philosophy” than precise indications, which must instead be provided by professionals in nutrition and training. It is important that the patient follows a varied and balanced diet, preferring seasonal fruit and vegetables and avoiding eating to the point of being completely satiated.
“I don’t think we should neglect the “satisfaction” aspect – added Klinger – yes to a few mischievous things, as long as they’re not daily, and above all yes to the little pleasures every day, from the time dedicated to the most important and positive relationships, to the right amount of sleep and relaxation. Finally, there can be no lack of physical activity. I recommend that my patients move: as much as possible and always avoiding fanaticism, which is harmful in all areas. For those who have never done so, starting a sport can be tiring, but you can rely on the advice of specialists and thus find the right motivational key.