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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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If you are preparing to undergo plastic surgery, or are in the process of recovering from a surgical procedure, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to accelerate the healing process and reduce discomfort. Patients of Crawford Plastic Surgery tolerate the recovery period quite well, and most find it easier than expected; their attention to our pre-operative instructions and post-operative...Read More

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Chores before Plastic Surgery

If you are going to have plastic surgery, one of the best things you can do in the weeks before your surgical appointment is properly prepare for surgery and your recovery. This includes completing all household chores and purchasing everything you will need for the first two weeks of your recovery. In order to make preparing for plastic surgery as easy as possible for our patients, we have developed a comprehensive checklist of the chores you should attend to a day or two before you meet...Read More

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Whether you are undergoing breast augmentation, facelift, or tummy tuck surgery, there is no doubt that you are concerned about the appearance of post-surgical scarring. Dr. Marcus Crawford employs advanced surgical techniques, which greatly reduce the appearance of scars. During your plastic surgery consultation, Dr. Crawford will indicate where the surgical incisions will be made, and estimate the required length of the...Read More

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When it comes to plastic surgery, there are a number of measures that patients can take to promote a speedier recovery and make them more comfortable after surgery. Here, Atlanta plastic surgeon Marcus Crawford has provided complete pre-surgical instructions for our plastic surgery patients.

Stop Smoking

The nicotine in cigarettes actually reduces blood flow. This can delay a patient's healing after surgery,...Read More

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