The recovery after calf augmentation usually begins with a nurse monitoring you in the recovery room. The recovery period is usually categorized into two segments. These segments are short term surgical recovery and long term cosmetic recovery. Each is classified according to how long it should take you to recover.
The first week after you have the procedure performed is typically classified as the short term recovery period. It is during this period that you will be given instructions that you must follow in order to get the best results possible. The first two days are generally when your legs will have to be elevated the most, which will require you to spend a considerable amount of time in the bed. This is done in an effort to reduce swelling and any discomfort that you may feel. You will be allowed to leave the bed when you have to go the restroom, however, a nurse will assist you with this. There will be other times when you will get a chance to walk around, however, the distances will be short.
Walking around will give your muscles a chance to adapt to the implants. Usually after a couple of days, your dressings will be removed and you'll take showers on a daily basis. This is typically when you will begin to start feeling more comfortable and will be able to walk for longer periods of time. Your legs may feel stiff, but that is a normal part of the healing process.
Your body is healing normally which means that approximately two to three weeks have passed since your calf augmentation surgery. By now, you should be able to walk as you normally would. Scarring medication is usually prescribed to you during this period. An effective way to see if you are healing properly is if your skin is beginning to stretch. The shiny appearance on your legs should be almost gone by now. Bruising should now be less visible. Soon you will be able to go home. Before discharging you to go home, you will have to your legs checked for safety purposes.
Most patients remain groggy for approximately twelve hours, however, this feeling could last even longer. One of the most important things to remember is that you will need someone to help you with your medications and getting around for at least twenty-four hours. Anything that you may need such as cold drinks and medications should be along your bedside. To reduce nausea, which could occur during the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours, it is recommended that you take nausea pills prior to taking any prescribed pills and antibiotics. Don't drink fruit juices that are highly acidic, or you may increase the amount of nausea you experience.
The calf augmentation recovery period could be painful if you do not adhere to the guidelines that you have been given by your specialist. To get the best results, make sure that you refrain from strenuous activities until you are advised that it is okay.