General Aftercare Tips

This page contains general instructions that are typical for many of the procedures we perform. However, detailed instructions tailored to your specific surgery will be provided to you. You will receive a surgical packet containing all pre-operative and post-operative information. All information within these documents should be read carefully and instructions followed closely for optimal healing.

Des Moines Plastic Surgery General Post-Operative Care Instructions

At Des Moines Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to ensuring a smooth and comfortable recovery for our patients. Following post-operative care instructions is crucial for optimal healing and achieving the best results. Below, you’ll find general guidelines to follow after your procedure.

General Post-Operative Guidelines:

  1. Rest and Activity: Rest is essential during the initial recovery period. Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least two weeks, or as directed by your surgeon.
  2. Wound Care: Keep your surgical site clean and dry. Follow specific instructions provided by your surgeon for dressing changes and wound care.
  3. Medication: Take prescribed medications as directed. This may include pain relievers, antibiotics, and any other medications prescribed to assist with your recovery.
  4. Hydration and Nutrition: Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet to support your healing process. Avoid alcohol and smoking, as they can impede recovery.
  5. Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns with your surgeon.

Specific Post-Operative Instructions:

Des Moines Plastic Surgery will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions tailored to your specific procedure. It is important to adhere to these instructions carefully.

Breast Procedures:

  • Wear the surgical bra or compression garment as instructed.
  • Avoid lifting arms above shoulder level and heavy lifting for several weeks.

Body Contouring:

  • Wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and support the healing tissues.
  • Avoid sitting or lying directly on the surgical site for extended periods.

Facial Procedures:

  • Keep your head elevated, especially when sleeping, to minimize swelling.
  • Avoid bending over or engaging in activities that increase blood pressure in the head and neck.

Managing Side Effects:

It is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery. Here are a few tips to manage these side effects:

  • Apply cold compresses as advised to reduce swelling.
  • Take pain medications as prescribed to manage discomfort.
  • Report any unusual symptoms such as excessive bleeding, severe pain, or signs of infection to Des Moines Plastic Surgery immediately.

Emergency Contact:

In case of an emergency or if you have concerns outside of office hours, please contact our office at 515.221.9999

Your recovery is our priority, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to Des Moines Plastic Surgery.


  • Infections
    Infection is the most common manifestation of poor post-surgery care.
  • Hematoma
    Hematomas result from bleeding and manifest as swelling and bruising.


  • Wound Care
    Taking the necessary steps to care for your post-surgery wounds is vital for your recovery. It’s essential to follow the post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth and successful overall recovery.
  • Drain Maintenance
    Surgical drains are used to collect excess fluid following surgery. Depending on the procedure, these drains will be kept in place for several days. Drains will need to be emptied once or more times a day.


Scarring is the body’s natural way of healing. Des Moines Plastic Surgery understands that scars can hinder the final result of your aesthetic journey. Our team utilizes the most advanced techniques and treatments to optimize healing and enhance your results.

*The content and images on this page are provided with the sole intention of educating potential patients on the procedure discussed above. Results vary per individual and are dependent on our doctor’s consultation prior to the procedure. We strongly recommend undergoing a formal consultation with a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon prior to scheduling and undergoing any surgical or non-surgical treatment.