Reduce Swelling After SurgeryOne of the most common side effects of facial plastic surgery is swelling. Although it is temporary, many people find it difficult to accept. They assumed that after a plastic surgery, they will come out looking beautiful or handsome. Instead, they are saddled with a swollen puffy face that looks as it is been in a bar fight.
However, you should not be disheartened. There are ways to reduce swelling after a surgery, be it plastic surgery or knee replacement surgery.
The best way to reduce swelling is by applying an ice pack. In case you do not have an ice pack, you can take some ice cubes from the freezer, wrap them up in a clean towel and hold that towel on the swelling for around 20 minutes. You can also use a cold compress for this. The swelling will go down if you apply an ice pack or cold compress around 4 or 5 times in a day.
Another solution to reduce swelling is to drink lots of water. Drinking water will flush out the toxins from your body and also help to keep the body hydrated. Drink around 12 glasses of water per day to help the swelling to reduce.
After a surgery, you body will require nutrients and minerals to carry repair of the surgical site. You can aid this repair by eating food rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acid, proteins and minerals. As the body heals, the swelling will go down. Therefore, consume foods like fresh green leafy vegetables and whole grains. In addition, reduce you salt intake as it acts like a diuretic.
You can also wear compression garments to help reduce the swelling. These garments work by putting just the required pressure to get the fluids out of the surgical site. In addition, the garments will help to improve circulation. Make sure you get real compression garments and not resort to wearing things like sports bras or athletic tight shorts that imitate these garments.