Post-Operative Follow-Up In Cosmetic Surgery

Considering cosmetic surgery without knowing the modalities of post-operative follow-up involves significant risks. Contrary to popular belief, care does not stop when you leave the operating room. From the first hours, the surgeon sets up a long process to monitor the evolution of the scars and the resorption of edemas and bruises. This follow-up plays a crucial role in obtaining a final result that will meet each patient’s expectations and allow them to obtain the best possible benefit from the intervention.

What are the consequences of not following up?

The terms of postoperative follow-up are clearly stated from the first consultations. They take place within the framework of transparent and constructive exchanges between the patient and his surgeon. In their absence, the patient is exposed to several risks:

  • delayed healing or infection
  • ignorance of the care procedures to be performed
  • lack of sufficient recovery time
  • the practice of risky activities after surgery
  • scar abnormalities that may call into question the result

The solution: offer quality monitoring

The follow-up depends on both the nature of the surgery and the surgeon’s assessment. The follow-up can include several consultations carried out in the office or, in certain exceptional cases, remotely (particularly if the patient resides in another country or another region).

Post-operative follow-up must always be exclusively carried out and supervised by the surgeon who operated.

The follow-up schedule

  • Postoperative consultations take place in the office, in the treatment room.
  • Ingrid, nurse instrumentalist, takes care of each patient to remove the dressings.
  • She proceeds to clean and remove the threads.
  • The next postoperative appointment is then set.

The advantages of personalized follow-up

  • The proposed follow-up schedule makes it possible to supervise the evolution after the intervention.
  • As needed, corrective actions can be taken immediately.
  • A real exchange is established with the patient throughout the protocol, which helps to reassure him.
  • The bond of trust established with the surgeon reinforces his serenity.

How To Choose The Right Cosmetic Surgeon?

Exit discussion forums where opinions are not always reliable. Between blood feuds, gratuitous attacks, and false advertising, opinions diverge, making it difficult to know which foot to dance. If you need the advice of someone who has been through plastic surgery, it would be best to rely on word of mouth.

You will find hundreds of plastic surgeons on the Internet who praise their expertise and the quality of their procedures, accessible at low cost. Many use the word “cheap” to entice customers. Too much publicity on this path should arouse a certain suspicion among candidates for cosmetic surgery, taking into account the fact that intervention involves many costs if we only mentioned the consultation, anesthesia, drugs, price of the room, or the surgeon’s fee.

To choose your practitioner, prefer those that display total transparency in terms of price. You will find these on the practitioner’s website, a site that serves only as an information portal, rather than advertising.

Get an idea after a first contact

After the first selection of these few selection criteria, make appointments with a few surgeons and get the first idea from this first approach. A good plastic surgeon will be the one who won’t say yes to all of your requests, even the most extravagant. The good surgeon will say no to a risky intervention. A good plastic surgeon will also consider the details of your state of health: medical history, alcohol or cigarette consumption, sugar level, etc.

Either way, don’t ignore the feeling. Consider your first impression on the practitioner. If the current goes, so much, the better. If you feel some apprehension for one reason or another, take this into account and take the time to seek out the surgeon you feel best with. This is important for intervention, confidence building, etc. Another clue to recognize a good cosmetic surgeon: he will ask you that the intention to have you operated on is well thought out and not just a whim.