Nursing Care after Cosmetic Surgery

Nursing Care after Cosmetic Surgery

I recently sat down with Isabella Koretz and Karina Frankel, the owners of Pearl Recovery Retreat in Los Angeles, Ca. They were recently featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the top recovery retreats for patients to stay after having cosmetic and general surgery.

We talked about why it is a vital part of the surgical experience, and the pros and cons of aftercare vs. home care, and nursing vs. family care.

Why go to aftercare?

Most patients wake up from surgery and want to feel safe, cared for, and pampered.  They can also be experiencing pain, nausea, shivers, and be generally uncomfortable. Their doctors want the peace of mind that they will be well taken care of by a professional for the first 24 hours at the least. Sometimes the patient’s family is not supportive of the choice to have surgery, or other dynamics come in to play.

Some plastic surgeons require and make it mandatory for their patients to have aftercare for the first 24 hours following surgery to monitor blood pressure and vital signs. Usually those procedures are facelifts, Mommy makeovers, liposuction, and vaginal rejuvenation. Sometimes, the patient elects to stay for 2-7 days.

Some of the benefits of an aftercare facility are:

Having a nurse that is trained and familiar with your procedure available 24/7

Constant contact with your Doctor

Monitoring of vital signs and checking for hematomas, bleeding

IV and Foley catheter care

Administration of pain medication that you cannot receive at home

Food designed for healing and nutritional value

Hospital beds designed for elevation

Continuous icing or cooling compresses

Owner involvement that care about your experience

Knows the Doctor well and is knowledgeable with his requests and protocols

Private Transportation pick up and to your doctor’s office

While some choose to opt for a private duty nurse in their own home, if assigned by an agency the person is often times not an RN or LVN, but a nurse’s aide or medical assistant who is not familiar with surgery patients at all. Also, being at home also means having for family, pets, phone, kids, and other distractions that do not contribute to a comfortable, calming and healing environment. There is a misconception that private duty nurses are cheaper. In actuality, the cost is about the same for a facility vs. home nursing.

Essentially, aftercare is kind of like an extra insurance policy that you buy along with your surgery to ensure that you have the safest environment in order to heal quickly and hopefully as painlessly as possible.

Choose what is best for you and, depending on the type of surgery you have, who will care for you afterwards to ensure a speedy recovery!