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how to reduce swelling after surgery or treatment

How to Reduce Swelling after Surgery or Treatment –

MediAesthetic Self-Help Guide.

Are you thinking of visiting an aesthetic clinic in Johor Bahru?If there’s one thing we fear other

than the surgery itself –it’s the pain and swelling that follows, and we all want to know how to

reduce swelling after surgery or treatment.

Unfortunately, that swelling is simply your body’s way of getting what it needs to the affected

area to facilitate healing, and that’s pumping lots of body fluids into the cells and setting off an

inflammatory reaction.

Excessive swelling isn’t only debilitating at worst. It can burst open seams of closed incisions and

impairing healing, slowing it down and potentially causing unsightly scars. Not only is this a risk

for poor after-surgery healing but also leave wounds open to infection.

Fortunately, you’ll be happy to know that there are a few simple steps that you take to deal with

the misery, unanimously recommended by surgeons and doctors alike! So when the anaesthetics

start to wear off and the pain starts flooding back in, you’ll know what to do!

First, we need to establish what the negative effects of what we’re trying to relieve so that we’re

on the same page:

what is bruising

What is Bruising?

When blood vessels rupture underneath the skin blood starts to fill the space in between tissues in

the affected area. This appears as patches of purple discolouration on the skin and is sensitive to

the touch. Some people who have suffer from poor blood coagulation are more likely to develop


What is Swelling?

Swelling is the result of fluids collecting in the tissue as a result of infection, disease or injury. It

results in enlargement of the affected body part, accompanied by the symptoms of inflammation;

pain, redness, hotness, and numbness.

Now that we’re clear on that, let’s move on to the tips!

1. Eat foods rich in anti-inflammatories.

The anti-inflammatory diet consists mainly of a balanced diet that anyone would benefit from.

Include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish or fish oils. Avoid gobbling down too

many high-carb, low-fat foods such as sugar and grains. Below is a further breakdown of the

nutrients that you should be getting:

i) Bromelain

Found in abundance in stem of pineapple, bromelain is an enzyme with strong anti-inflammatory

properties that’s effective at reducing swelling and pain.

do you like pineapple

Do you like pineapple?

ii) Quercetin

A plant flavonoid with strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You’ll lots of it in

capers, red onion, citrus fruits, leafy green veggies and apples.

It’s important to know that bromelain and quercetin should only be taken after surgery as it may

cause excessive bleeding and other serious complications.

spinach is a rich source of flavonoid anti

Spinach is a rich source of flavonoid anti-oxidants.

2. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE).

Probably the most comprehensive, textbook approach on how to reduce swelling after surgery or

treatmentis what’s affectionately abbreviated as RICE, or Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

Because swelling and its intensity is influenced by how much body fluids and inflammatory

components is reaching the affected area, it makes sense that you would want to reduce it.

i) Rest.

Just as it says, take some time off. Moving around will aggravate the affected area (in this case,

where the surgical incision was made). Stop or take a breather from any physical activity, or do

something else, preferably something that leaves the affected area out of. So if you’re recovering

from a double eyelid surgeryit’s best to keep your daytime expeditions to a minimum to

minimize exposure to the sun, airborne germs and nasty people.

ii) Ice.

Although studies aren’t able to show with definitive proof that ice therapy works as a post-

operative treatment (also called cryotherapy for those of you who like big words), they do support

the idea that it generally does more good than harm.

Here’s the rationale: when ice is applied, the coldness does two things. First, it causes blood

vessels to contract, narrowing it and slowing down the flow of fluids. Less fluids means less

bloating and less inflammatory elements

bloating and less inflammatory elements to aggravate the symptoms. Second, it causes

metabolism (in other words, cell activity) in the cells to slow down.

As a general rule, apply an icepack to the affected area for about 10 to 20 minutes at a time, three

or more times a day. Keep in mind that you should not apply the ice directly onto the skin. You

should use an icepack that you can buy or make your own using a plastic bag, water and some

rubbing alcohol. A bag of cold peas also works pretty well, which conforms to the shape of the

affected area.

iii) Compression.

This step involves applying pressure to the affected body part through the use of elastic bandages.

You’ve probably already noticed the trend: compression helps alleviate swelling by, yup, lightly

restricting the flow of fluids to the offending body part. How tight should the bandage be? Not

too tight, as this will cause the area below the affected area to swell. Other signs that it’s too tight

is when you feel numbness, prickling needles, coolness in addition to the swelling.

iv) Elevation.

The river runs downstream! Usually they do, it depends on the whims of gravity. With the source

of the river (mountain, reservoir, etc.) as an analogy for your heart, make sure that the swelling is

kept slightly elevated above the heart. Pillows are a comfortable option, whether it’s your head or

your legs/arms, just as long as it’s raised above the level of your heart.