In a recent article about post-surgical healing, The Zoe Report author Jessica Ourisman interviewed Dr. Cohen about his favorite solutions for mitigating postoperative swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Recovery is among the biggest topics of interest for patients pursuing cosmetic treatments, as today’s client is busy, active, and pressed for time. They are eager to discover ways to expedite healing without compromising their newfound results.
Recovery is an area of medicine that Dr. Cohen is especially passionate about. He is constantly delving into cutting-edge breakthroughs and technological advancements in the industry to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals in the most seamless and stress-free manner possible. Dr. Cohen is meticulously detailed when it comes to curating a personalized aftercare plan that he knows will serve to accent and enhance his procedures.
What are some of Dr. Cohen’s most important aftercare recommendations?
Firstly, Dr. Cohen stresses the importance of basic self-care, including getting enough rest, drinking enough fluids, and eating a nutritious diet. “Good nutrition is important for surgery and can speed up the healing process,” says the board-certified plastic surgeon. “The body needs increased protein in order to heal wounds, so eating clean, healthy proteins like chicken or fish can be helpful.”
Dr. Cohen painstakingly reviews his patients’ medications and herbs prior to surgery. He provides a supplement that includes arnica, vitamin C, Bromelain, and grape seed extract, which, when taken before and after a procedure, can greatly enhance the body’s natural repair process and help reduce swelling.
Dr. Cohen suggests the use of HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) for many of his patients, citing the fact that it can augment cellular regeneration. A healthy flow of oxygen is essential in many ways before, during, and after surgery. This is why it’s so important to quit smoking prior to and after a procedure and why doctors recommend gentle walks early on in the recovery process. HBOT can specifically reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery, providing the body with 10-15 times its normal oxygen levels.
Lymphatic drainage massage is another solution Dr. Cohen often recommends after surgeries. When the patient is active and on their feet, lymph fluids travel to and from the lymph nodes in an effort to excrete toxins. Once the client is stationary during recovery, lymphatic drainage massage can replicate this natural process, speeding up healing. Dr. Cohen typically has his clients begin the massage process within a few days of their procedure.
What is the takeaway?
For most of Dr. Cohen’s patients, it can be difficult to commit to rest and repair after surgery, especially when the demands of work, school, family, and other commitments are all vying for one’s attention. This is where Dr. Cohen’s personalized touch can be so valuable in terms of curating a treatment plan. He carefully assesses your postoperative needs and creates an aftercare regimen that is geared towards rapid healing and minimal downtime. Patients know they can count on Dr. Cohen to get them back on their feet quickly and comfortably.