The origins of plastic surgery can be traced back hundreds of years, but people are now more open about it. In the past, such surgery was considered taboo, but now, with our generation being more open-minded and liberal, plastic surgery clients are more confident to speak up. However, plastic surgery comes with a lot of pre- and post-surgery baggage, both emotionally and physically. Recently, we’ve been hearing about activist Ratna Sarumpaet’s cheek liposuction surgery that caused quite a stir nationwide (her allegations, not the surgery itself). With this in mind, Indonesia Tatler has gathered a list of things to know about the post-impact of plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery is a process people undertake in order to look better in the long run. However, before they reach the stage of seeing changes in their appearance, their bodies need to get past the trauma that surgery brings with it. This includes post-surgery bruising, which is very commonplace. Bruises appear because blood vessels are injured, causing the skin to turn red, black, blue, or purple. Some measures to reduce the appearance of bruises after surgery include applying ice packs to the affected area or eating foods that have high levels of vitamin K.
Post-surgery, you may notice immediate swelling and itchiness, which can take a long time to disappear due to interference with the lymphatic vessels, leading to damaged tissues holding more fluids. The swelling will start to disappear some three months after surgery, but there will still be some parts that look distended. To be rid of swelling completely can take around a year.
The bruised area will initially be blue but will eventually become green or yellow. The change of colour tends to occur a week to a month after the completion of surgery. This happens because of blood spreading beneath the facial tissues. Since plastic surgery has no age limit, anyone can experience this process, but with older patients, the bruising of the face, cheeks, neck, and eyelids turns to dark black and blue. For younger clients, it’s more yellow. As the bruises heal, the colours get lighter.
As you prepare yourself to go through physical changes, be prepared to go through emotional changes, too. The first few days can be hardest as your skin will be going through unexpected changes that you might immediately regret, and when changes start to show, you might find it hard adjusting to your new appearance. Looking at yourself as a completely different person may be hard to accept and finding a boost in confidence may take a long time. These emotions may be hard to deal with, but the majority of patients are satisfied with the end results and eventually get the boost of confidence they require. Some ways to deal with the dumps may be to focus on how you will look in the near future and reminding yourself of why you underwent the surgery in the first place.
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