Setting Up Your Plastic Surgery Recovery Area By Dr. William Cohen on February 06, 2019

Female sleeps peacefully in bedDr. William Cohen performs a wide range of facial cosmetic procedures at our Orange County, CA practice. Dr. Cohen will be glad to answer all your questions regarding facial cosmetic surgery, including tips for a healthy recovery.

Setting up your plastic surgery recovery area is one important thing that you can do to help you feel more comfortable after surgery. The main goal of preparation before returning home from surgery is to ensure that you do not need to make extra trips outside the house for at least a few days.

Here, we review how to prepare your recovery area, including what items you may want to purchase before you undergo your facial plastic surgery procedure.

A Clean and Comfortable Space

The purpose of your recovery area is to provide a peaceful space to rest while you heal. Your bedroom is one obvious option.

In the days before your facial cosmetic procedure, make sure to clean your sheets, comforter, and towels. Having a fresh and clean linens will make you feel better, and can reduce the risk of infection.

You will also want to be sure to have clean and comfortable clothes to wear during your recovery. Robes, pajama pants, and loose clothing are ideal.

In addition, you will want to complete any chores before you undergo surgery. You may also want to plan ahead so you know who will walk the dogs, clean the house, and prepare meals during your initial healing period. 

Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time

Prior to your surgery date, it is a good idea to stock your home with healthy, pre-made or easy to prepare meals. Try to go with low-sodium options, which will help limit inflammation after surgery.

As always, you should eat lean proteins, leafy greens, whole grains, and other healthy foods. In addition, drink plenty of water.

Medical Supplies

You don’t want to have to go to the drugstore or wait for your online order delivery during your healing period, so have these items on hand ahead of time:

  • Soap: Anti-bacterial soap can help prevent infections. Follow Dr. Cohen's directions on how to clean the areas affected by cosmetic treatments.
  • Medications: Any prescription medications can be picked up before your procedure.
  • Bandages and gauze: Talk to Dr. Cohen about any products you may need when changing out your bandages.
  • Scar cream: After your incisions have closed over, you can begin applying a scar reduction product.


Boredom should be the least of your problems during your healing period. Taking a week to catch up on books and movies is a great way to pass the time while you make a healthy recovery. Be sure to have movies, TV shows, books, games, and magazines available in your recovery area.

Remember, the goal of your recovery area is to make your healing period quicker, easier, and more comfortable.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery Options and Benefits

The goal of all our facial cosmetic surgery options is to leave you with a more beautiful, youthful appearance by addressing specific features and areas of your face or neck.

Dr. Cohen provides the following treatments.

  • Facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Brow lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Facial implants
  • Otoplasty (to reduce the prominence of protruding ears)
  • Torn earlobe repair

Take the First Step Toward a More Youthful-looking Face

To learn more about our cosmetic services, contact our practice online today or call (714) 628-1313.

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Dr. William C. Cohen specializes in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat surgery. He is proud to be affiliated with the:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Orange County Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Orange County Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California

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If you are interested in facial plastic surgery or if you are suffering from an ENT related issue, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. William Cohen at this office in Orange, CA. During an initial appointment, Dr. Cohen can recommend the appropriate treatment for you. You can request a consultation through the form below or you can simply give our Orange County practice a call.

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