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There are so many things to do before undergoing cosmetic surgery, ranging from doctor appointments, to possible lab tests, to arranging for your transportation and care after the surgery is complete. However, in the hustle and bustle of preparations, don’t forget to make a special shopping trip for items you may need during your recovery. Here, Atlanta plastic surgeon Marcus Crawford provides some tips for what to put on that pre-surgery shopping list to help ensure a smooth and uneventful...Read More

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Before committing to any plastic surgery, it is important to understand the risks involved, and how to avoid any potential problems during or after surgery. One factor that can cause complications is the use of certain medications, herbs and even vitamins. During your consultation at Crawford Plastic Surgery, Dr. Marcus Crawford will review your medical history and help you plan in advance how to properly prepare for plastic...Read More

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Relaxing in the sun may sound like a good way to pass the time while recovering, but there are many reasons why plastic surgery patients should avoid sun bathing for several weeks after treatment. Excess exposure to both the sun and to excess heat can worsen potential negative side effects. Dr. Marcus Crawford recommends that patients avoid sun and heat exposure after surgery. Here is why.

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Regular exercise is critical to maintaining patients' overall health. It is recommended that adults exercise for 30 minutes, five day per week. However, after patients undergo surgery, including plastic surgery, it is not a good idea to follow these guidelines. This is because any activity that raises the patient's blood pressure should be avoided after plastic surgery; an increase in blood pressure can result in more...Read More

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If you have undergone plastic surgery, it is likely that you are excited to see the “new you” in the mirror. But you may not be prepared for the swelling that occurs after surgery. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce swelling and inflammation after plastic surgery.

Patients should know that swelling is perfectly normal following any surgery, including cosmetic surgery. The degree of swelling that occurs depends on the surgical location. For example, the face is more...Read More

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When to Shower after Plastic Surgery

The process of bathing has an incredibly rejuvenating effect on patients. For this reason, Dr. Marcus Crawford, a top Atlanta plastic surgeon, prefers to let patients shower as soon as possible after surgery. However, patients may need to refrain from showering for a few days after undergoing certain plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Crawford will advise each patient on how long they should wait to shower after surgery; during...Read More

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Committing to any kind of plastic surgery is no small endeavor. While the results of plastic surgery are pleasing, recovery can take up to two weeks. In order to speed up recovery time and reduce any potential swelling and inflammation, doctors recommend adopting a low sodium diet both before and after surgery. Here are just some quick tips on how to incorporate a low sodium diet into your life....Read More

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One side effect of plastic surgery that many patients do not consider before surgery is the itchy or tingling feeling that occurs around the incision site. While it can be tempting to rub or scratch at this area, it is imperative that patients not touch the incision site for a couple of reasons. First, it can increase the risk of contamination of the wound and cause infection. Second, manipulating the incision site or surrounding skin can tear the stitches or cause the healing wound to re-...Read More

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To be considered a good candidate for plastic surgery, patients should be non-smokers, or at the very least, be willing to quit smoking for at least three weeks to four weeks before and after surgery. In this blog post, Dr. Marcus Crawford reviews the dangers of smoking and the effect it can have on plastic surgery patients.

Nicotine Reduces Blood Flow

The blood vessels carry blood and oxygen to the tissues and...Read More

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Because of the reduction in the severity of certain side effects after plastic surgery, including pain and fatigue, many patients feel ready to return to their normal routines quickly. In patients that have undergone breast augmentation, liposuction, or other body...Read More

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