The sophistication of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in recent times has helped to improve outcomes while reducing the risks and rate of complications. Adherence to post-surgical instructions and care is a significant component of these improvements
All types of surgeries cause postprocedure concerns, such as edema and pain, especially in the first 72 hours after the surgery. Common post-surgery practices include: rest, wound care, gentle activity and abstinence from smoking and alcohol for anywhere from a few days to two weeks pre- and post-surgery.
Additional practices have come up to catalyze the recovery process. One such practice is lymphatic drainage massage.
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