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Empowered Healing: Supporting Your Post-Plastic Surgery Care Journey

Medically Reviewed
by Dr. Zemer Wang , Physician
Post plastic surgery care
May 30, 2024

The popularity of plastic surgery has grown significantly in recent years. In 2022 alone, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported an 11.2% increase in procedures done by plastic surgeons, with a 41.3% increase in aesthetic surgeries over the course of four years. Given these growing numbers, it’s essential to address an often overlooked phase of plastic surgery—recovery.

Preparing for post-plastic surgery care is just as important as preparing for the surgery itself. Proper recuperation can help the healing process go smoothly and make a difference in your results. 

As you embark on your post-plastic surgery care journey, DP World’s Aviv Clinics Dubai is here to support you every step of the way with tips for recovery and personalized care options. We understand this period may come with a mix of emotions and physical adjustments.

Be gentle with yourself during this time, but feel empowered to navigate the healing process confidently.

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Plastic Surgery Operations and Their Impact on the Body 

Plastic surgery, whether cosmetic or reconstructive, involves intricate procedures that can profoundly impact your body. Depending on the type of surgery, you may experience any of the following after your procedure:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Redness and scarring
  • Difficulty moving the affected body part

Additionally, there is a chance of developing complications like infection and bleeding, especially if you neglect post-plastic surgery care.

Following an appropriate recovery plan after surgery is crucial. This includes taking the time to rest and relax—both physically and mentally. Research suggests that “psychological stress leads to clinically relevant delays in wound healing,” which can mean slower recovery from surgery. As eager as you may be to get back to your everyday activities, it’s essential to take the downtime your body needs to heal. 

Taking care of yourself at this time with good nutrition, plenty of sleep, pain management, and therapeutic strategies is key. The world’s most advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) program offers additional care as a valuable supportive therapy in promoting recovery and enhancing results after surgical procedures. 

Ultimately, effective post-plastic surgery care means a more rapid recovery, better outcomes, and the ability to dive back into life with a newfound sense of confidence.

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Post-Surgery Recovery Challenges

Recovery after plastic surgery can present a number of challenges, depending on the operation and your body. The following are four common challenges people face in their post-surgery healing journey and tips for managing them.

Expected Recovery Timeline

You may wonder just how long it will take to recover from your surgery. The recovery timeline varies depending on the type and extent of surgery performed. While some procedures might require only a few days of rest, others require weeks of downtime for complete healing and optimal results. 

Helpful Tip – It’s important to keep in mind that every person’s body is different. If you feel your recovery is taking longer than expected, this doesn’t necessarily mean things have gone awry. Go easy on yourself and speak with your physician if you have any concerns about your recovery. 

Managing Discomfort and Pain

Discomfort and pain are both normal responses to surgery. These feelings are indications your body is undergoing the recovery process. Surgical patients are often prescribed pain medications and instructed on strategies to minimize discomfort during the healing process.

Helpful Tip – Commit to your physician’s pain management instructions and help yourself heal with good nutrition and rest. Studies show that “different nutritional panels may help individuals prevent acute and chronic pain,” with helpful nutrients including antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, research indicates that “nutritional status can markedly affect wound healing and tissue repair following surgical interventions, as well as the outcomes of aesthetic and cosmetic medical practices.” 

Wound Healing and Skin Rejuvenation

Effective wound healing and skin rejuvenation are two common priorities in post-surgery recovery. Your body’s healing process and the appearance of your surgical site depend greatly on your post-plastic surgery care. 

Genetics are a major factor as well. Scientists note patients’ genetics “influence the types of bacteria likely to infect an individual as well as influence healing.” This means some individual variability in the healing process is inevitable. Still, following good post-surgery practices can help minimize any obstacles to recovery.

Helpful Tip – After surgery, give special attention to your incision sites. This involves keeping the area clean and changing dressings regularly.  In addition, taking care of your skin will help with any scarring or redness. Simple skin care practices recommended by your healthcare provider, such as gentle cleansing and moisturizing, can contribute to a smoother and more comfortable recovery experience.

Realistic Outcomes and Results

Setting realistic expectations is essential for post-surgery recovery. While plastic surgery can achieve remarkable transformations, it’s important to understand that final results may unfold gradually. In some cases, it can take several months to see the full results of your surgery.

Helpful Tip – Be kind to yourself and practice patience. Healing from plastic surgery is an ongoing process that varies with the procedure and the individual. Keep in mind the realistic outcomes and recovery timelines for your procedure so you have an idea of what to expect. 


We encourage you to speak with your physician about specific care tactics to find the solutions that align best with your needs. With the right resources and support, you can achieve a successful recovery with sustainable results.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): An Ally in the Post-Plastic Surgery Recovery Process

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The Aviv Clinics hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) protocol has shown promise in helping accelerate recovery from plastic surgery. It stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanisms to speed up cell repair and restore your well-being.

Understanding HBOT

HBOT is a type of therapy that elevates oxygen levels in your body. The Aviv Medical Program uses a unique HBOT protocol that fluctuates oxygen levels. On and off, clients breathe 100% oxygen in a pressurized HBOT suite. This elevates oxygen levels in the body 10 times higher than normal. Meanwhile, the fluctuations in oxygen supply trigger your body’s regenerative processes. 

How HBOT Accelerates Healing and Recovery

Aviv Clinics’ HBOT protocol can be a supportive and complementary therapy for post-plastic surgery care. The therapy’s impact on the body can aid in recovery by: 

  • Promoting skin healing and rejuvenation, encouraging the formation of new collagen and skin cells. HBOT encourages new blood vessels to grow and stimulates cells to drive healing. Research shows that people who undergo HBOT treatment with fluctuating oxygen levels experience a “significant increase in collagen density” and a notable decrease in “tissue senescent cells”—one of the main biomarkers of aging. These effects can help enhance skin texture and appearance.
  • Strengthening the body’s immune system by increasing oxygen concentration levels in the tissues. According to the study, “the anti-inflammation property of HBOT has demonstrated that it may play a significant role in decreasing tissue damage and infection expansion.” This suggests HBOT can aid in the healing process and help prevent complications like infections.

Keep in mind, not all hyperbaric oxygen therapy programs are the same. Only DP World’s Aviv Clinics offers the world’s most advanced HBOT program, capable of harnessing the full regenerative potential of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

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Personalized Post Plastic Surgery Care at DP World’s Aviv Clinics Dubai

We honor each person’s unique needs and recovery timeline. When you partner with us, you’ll receive expert guidance on post-plastic surgery care, a custom treatment plan, and careful monitoring of your progress.


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What Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Feel Like?

At PD World’s Aviv Clinics Dubai, we strive to make hyperbaric oxygen therapy safe, comfortable and stress-free for our clients. Our suites, which resemble a first-class airline cabin, are designed to accommodate up to a dozen people comfortably. During your treatment, or “dive,” you will breathe 100% pure oxygen through a mask, with occasional breaks. 

As the hyperbaric suite pressurizes, you’ll likely feel some pressure in your ears, similar to the sensation you feel as an airplane ascends or descends. Your nurse will help you equalize your ear pressure, if needed, to ensure a comfortable and pleasant experience in the suite.

Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Safe?

HBOT has been used safely for many years, and the hyperbaric suites at PD World’s Aviv Clinics exceed all regulatory requirements for HBOT treatment. Potential side effects are low risk and relatively rare because of our advanced safety protocols and highly trained clinical staff. These may include temporary changes in vision and ear discomfort.

Because your safety is paramount, your Nurse Navigator will discuss safety protocols with you before your first dive. Additionally, a specialized nurse trained specifically in hyperbaric medicine will accompany you on each dive.

Want to learn more about how we can enhance your post-plastic surgery recovery – contact us today!

Take Charge of Your Post-Plastic Surgery Recovery Journey

Your body is working diligently to heal and adjust after surgery. Give yourself the time and space you need to recover fully. We encourage you to consider holistic care and the world’s most advanced HBOT program to aid in your recovery. 

DP World’s Aviv Clinics Dubai is ready to be your trusted partner in post-plastic surgery care. Contact our team to get started. 

Aviv Medical Program provides you with a unique opportunity to invest in your health while you age.

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