Cosmetic Procedure Recovery: 10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts

There’s a lot of information out there for those looking to recover quickly from a plastic surgery procedure. To help you separate fact from fiction, here’s a list of 10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts when recovering from a cosmetic procedure.


  1. Allow the proper time to recovery, in order to get the most out of the procedure
  2. Listen to your body
  3. Communicate with your doctor about any questions or concerns you have
  4. If your doctor has prescribed any medication, be sure to take it exactly as prescribed
  5. Take the time to rest and give your body a chance to recover
  6. Get plenty of sleep, which is when your body makes the majority of its repairs
  7. Keep hydrated, which promotes the health and healing of your skin
  8. Stick to a healthy diet that gives your body the nutrients it needs to recover quickly
  9. Get a friend or loved one to help out around the house until you’re able to return to your normal day-to-day activities
  10. Call your doctor right away if something doesn’t feel right



  1. Try to get back to your normal lifestyle before you’re ready
  2. Overexert yourself, especially the part of your body that underwent the procedure
  3. Exercise too vigorously
  4. Lift heavy objects, which can cause strain and undo your stitches
  5. Rest too much, as your body does need to slowly get back to the challenge of your normal lifestyle to recover properly
  6. Take hot showers, which can lead to skin irritation, dryness, and a slower recovery
  7. Attempt to take off your bandages unless instructed to do so. This can interfere with the recovery plan your doctor has created.
  8. Drink alcohol, which will dehydrate your body and interfere with recovery
  9. Smoke, which has also been proven to interfere with recovery time. Even if you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for your body is to refrain from smoking during the recovery period
  10. Do any activity that causes pain in the healing region, or feels “wrong”

The main thing to remember when recovering from a cosmetic procedure is to keep the lines of communication with your doctor open. If you have any additional questions about the recovery from a particular procedure, contact St. Charles Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Ghaderi to set up a consultation.