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Mapping The Way: Part 4 of The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare

Posted by Dr Ash Dutta on 8 February 2019

In the final part of ´Mapping The Way: The Guide To Non-Invasive Body Contouring Aftercare´, we look at the range of expectations that these procedures can have.

Expectations For Recovery and Aftercare Following Non-Invasive Body Contouring Procedures

Generally there are two types of post procedural patient; they are classed as ‘in-patient’ and ‘out-patient.’ Following any type of non-invasive medical procedure, the patient may be taken into a post-treatment area so that they can have the opportunity to have cooling gels or moisturisers applied whilst they collect their personal effects and a short time after this, they would be expected to leave.

The benefit of undertaking non-invasive procedures means that unlike aesthetic procedures that require general Anaesthetic, there is no need for ´in-patient´ or hospital / clinic observation stay - meaning that the patient can return almost directly to their daily routine.

Great Expectations And Helping Yourself To Recovery 

Patients should remember that although they will be keen to get on with life following procedures, recovery rates can also depend wholly on the type of procedure and the fortitude of the person recuperating. Depending on the level of the procedure, you may need to take some time out from specific activities to allow the healing process to continue. Your cosmetic health professional may recommend restriction of your normal routines ( such as working, lifting or exercise) for a set period of time and this may involve a temporary rescheduling of any work or social life activities to take into account the need for your body to heal with the minimum of exertion.

The first two days post surgery are when most patients experience levels of discomfort; and if at all applicable, severe bruising can take up to ten days to disappear. With non-invasive surgeries, any swelling is only temporary and can be alleviated with cold compresses as specified by your health professional. The elevation of the affected portion of the body or limb to reduce pressure may help also. Do not try to circumvent any recommendations of rest or you may cause further complications.

Patients experience the most discomfort over the first 2-3 days, so for this reason and if applicable, they can use any prescribed medication until the level of discomfort subsides and then can be treated in accordance with health professional suggestions. Patients can address any problems or concerns that they have by bringing this into the conversation when discussing the post recovery aftercare schedule. This can be directly via a health professional as soon as possible (post-op) or during a scheduled post care evaluation. The important thing is to address any concerns about the treatment as soon as it’s possible.

The rapidly developing technological developments in non-invasive body contouring are ever more challenging year by year and the aesthetics industry wouldn´t want to have it any other way. This overview can act as an enticing insight into a world of non-invasive aesthetic surgical practice; as the patient and aesthetic professional respect and try to govern the expectations of each other accordingly. As cosmetic surgeons and healthcare professionals, we hope to develop a contract of mutual trust from the initial first consultation and our oath is to give our patients the best quality of aesthetic practice and medical aftercare. Correspondingly, patients must convey their honest expectations of treatment; so that we can work to a satisfactory and honorable conclusion for both parties, both through trust, aftercare and final results.

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