You will be given detailed advice specific to your operation and an introduction to your specialist nurse before discharge. In general, you should allow time to rest, but remain mobile. Do take gentle exercise but avoid energetic activity.
Be prepared for some bruising and swelling. We do not expect much as we take careful precautions during surgery. Both bruising and swelling may become more obvious in the days after surgery and sometimes not where you expect it. Bruising descends under gravity. Allow time for this to settle and feel free to contact our specialist nurses if you become concerned.
Scars are a natural consequence of surgery. You will already know that these are placed discreetly and neatly. In the early days after surgery, we usually keep wounds dry but some can be gently washed, especially those on the scalp. Your specialist nurse will advise.
Healing after plastic surgery is generally rapid and the wounds will inevitably change in appearance over the first few weeks. Most scars become inconspicuous over time but this varies between patients. A few people are prone to forming lumpy scars but usually will have experienced this before and will have discussed this at the consultation. Extra precautions can then be taken.
The personal care of the BPS surgeon and specialist team will continue after your operation until we are confident that you do not require close supervision. BPS will always be available for advice and reassurance.