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After years of deep thought, debates with family and friends and extensive research on the subject, you have finally gone the plastic surgery route. Rhinoplasty, tummy tuck or removal of those lines on your forehead, whatever procedure you chose, there is one thing you must get ready for: the recovery process; a long, arduous and perhaps stressful time for you. Don’t worry.

Here are the top seven plastic surgery recovery tips you need to know:

1. Follow the Doctor’s Instructions

If there is one specific area that all patients fail at it is this: not following the doctor’s instructions. Once your procedure has been completed, it is up to you to follow whatever instructions, guidelines or steps provided to you by your practitioner.

2. Stay Away from the Sun

As soon as you walk outside the medical clinic, you need to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. The best thing to do is to stay away from the sun as much as possible. However, since you still have a life to lead, you need to apply large amounts of sunscreen.

3. Eat Well & Drink Plenty of Water

For the next little while, you will need to ditch the potato chips and soda pop. Weeks after the treatment was performed, you need to begin eating well – fruits, vegetables, lean meat, fish, etc. – and drink plenty of water to rehydrate your body. Perhaps this will encourage you to completely overhaul your diet permanently (nobody needs to eat a cheesecake in one sitting).

4. Change Your Lifestyle a Bit

In addition to eating right and drinking water, you should give up smoking, cut back on the alcohol, refrain from doing drugs and other unhealthy elements that you often enjoy. Instead, get some sleep! One of the best things you can ever do for your body is to give it an abundance of rest. This helps heal your body, both inside and outside. If possible, get your eight to nine hours of sleep, take catnips and do not overexert yourself, whether it’s at the gym or at the office.

5. Avoid the Aspirin

Your doctor will prescribe you with medications after your liposuction or breast augmentation. This means that you can’t take aspirin or anti-inflammatory pills because they may interfere with your prescription. If you must take a Tylenol, you should speak with your doctor first.

6. Don’t Have Unrealistic Expectations

The biggest plastic surgery recovery tip is this: do not have any unrealistic expectations. Just because you have changed your nose, received bigger breasts or removed belly fat, it doesn’t mean you’ll become the next Dwayne Johnson or Scarlet Johannsson. You’re still you, remember that.

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