Post-Operative Care

Dr. Alton Ingram MD: Post-Operative Care

Dr. Alton Ingram MD earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he also spent his residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery.

Thanks to scientific advances, plastic surgery has come a long way to become safer and less intrusive for patients needing its various procedures. Aside from training and skill of the plastic surgeon, one of the factors that can affect the success or outcome of a procedure is the patient’s ability to recover. Dr. Alton Ingram MD shares a few post-operative care tips below:

1. Follow your surgeon’s post-procedure advice –First things first, patients should follow their surgeon’s post-procedure advice. Whether it’s to apply ice on the treated area, take prescribed medicine, or keeping the treated area elevated, it’s important that patients cooperate because these guidelines are for their safe and healthy recovery.

2. Set realistic expectations – The best or most ideal outcomes don’t happen overnight. As such, Dr. Alton Ingram MD advises patients to set realistic expectations until they have fully recovered. It’s normal for patients to “get worse” before they get better, meaning they may experience swelling, bruising, pains, and other aches – these are all part of the healing process, which it bears repeating that patients follow their surgeon’s post-procedure guidelines.

3. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight – For patients who have undergone a brow lift or neck lift, or surgeries around the head and neck area, it’s best to avoid exposure to direct sunlight. This is because it may aggravate swelling and bruising.

4. Remember to rehydrate – Dr. Alton Ingram MD says that patients can help speed up the recovery process by doing their part to stay hydrated. During surgery, fluids are typically lost, and one way to replenish these fluids is to drink the recommended number of glasses of water every day.