Tips in reducing the risk of infection after surgery

Do you want to improve your look? If you want to look more beautiful and youthful, undergoing a cosmetic plastic surgery is a good option. A dedicated, experienced plastic surgeon can help a patient get a more toned tummy, fuller breasts and rejuvenated face. These are not only fulfilling physical enhancements, these can also contribute positively to a person’s self-esteem and confidence.

However, you should remember that a plastic surgery is still a procedure that involves certain risks. Patients should be aware of all the possible infections and complications.

How can you take proper precautions? How can you minimize the risk of infections and complications? Well, you need to listen to your physician’s advice. But, don’t forget that as a determined patient, you also need to be responsible and know the crucial details of your medical situation.

Here are the things that you should understand to reduce the risk of complications and infections after a cosmetic procedure.

How common is infection after a cosmetic procedure?

The actual risk of getting an infection after a plastic surgery is very low. Usually, the risk is only around 1% to 3%. Plastic surgeons play an important role in the prevention of infection and complications. They should make sure that their facility and tools are all sterilized. Moreover, a patient’s incision site and would should be handled cleanly.

How can you avoid infection? You can do so by simply following your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions.

What causes an infection?

Any opening in the surface of the skin can be an entry point for bacteria. If a certain incision site wasn’t cleaned and disinfected, then the patient is exposed to bacteria during or after the procedure. Infection may soon develop.

You should know that the skin usually and naturally delivers a strong defense against infection. However, during the recovery period, its ability to fight bacteria weakens.

If the patient experiences warmth, redness, odor, pain or discharge around the incision area, then he or she should see the physician immediately.

How can you reduce the risk of infection?

To reduce the risk of infection during or after a plastic surgery, a patient should choose a trustworthy, qualified plastic surgeon who stands by the highest standards of cosmetic care.

Be a responsible patient. Make sure that your physician performs surgical procedures in an accredited clinic. In turn, you should maintain a clean, neat environment where you can recover after the surgery. It should be clean, sterilized and organized until you have fully recovered.

What should you do before your surgery?

Make sure to clean your home. Wash your clothes, towels and sheets ahead of time. Do all of your household chores ahead of time, so you can have a more relaxing recovery period.

Listen to your doctor’s strict instructions for re-sanitizing and cleaning your incision site.  Remember them completely and thoroughly. As long as your wound and incision site are properly cared for, the risk of infection would be reduced.

For a period of four weeks before and fours weeks after surgery, patients should not smoke tobacco products.

Distance yourself from tobacco products. It will delay your recovery, and increase the risk of infection.

If your surgeon recommends some medications, take it. Some of them would prescribe additional pills as a precautionary measure. Remember, as long as you follow these instructions, you can reduce your chance of getting an infection.

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