Whether you are coming from UMass Memorial Medical Group to get a facial procedure or a body one, one of your biggest concerns may be about the pain you will experience during recovery. As one of our biggest priorities at UMass Memorial Medical Group, we want to ensure that our patients stay as comfortable as possible during the entire process. However, we also want to make sure that all of our patients are staying comfortable and safe in the process. This article will discuss a few ways that you can deal with post op pain. Read on to learn more.
Ice and Heat
Depending on the type of surgery that you had and the location of the surgery, you may be encouraged to alternate between icing and heating the infected area. Both icing and heating can help ease inflammation and pain— leaving you feeling much more comfortable. When using heat, make sure that it isn’t too hot to the touch because it can burn you.
Over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen are going to be one of your best friends during your recovery. Whether you have had a slight facial procedure or a big body procedure like liposuction, taking anti-inflammatory medication will not only help you to feel better, but they will also reduce the postoperative swelling.
Depending on your health and other factors, you may be prescribed with some prescription painkillers to help you feel more comfortable during the recovery process. When using prescription pain medications, make sure to only use them as directed and as needed. If you aren’t in a lot of pain, don’t take the medication. However, if you are feeling a lot of pain and just can’t get comfortable, that’s what they are there for. If you have a prior history of addiction, make sure to discuss that with one of our doctors during your initial consultation, and we can find an alternative for you.
Before you are sent home from your surgery, we will give you a detailed pamphlet filled with information and tips on on how to stay comfortable during your recovery. If you would like to learn more about recovery tips or if you would like to schedule a consultation appointment, contact UMass Memorial Medical Group today!