Post Surgery Care

Choosing to have surgery is not a walk in the park. Your recovery and post care is an extremely important factor to consider and should not be taken lightly whilst in Thailand and then upon return back home.

Post surgery care and instructions from the surgeon will vary depending on the procedure and patient. It is imperative that you follow any instructions thoroughly to avoid complications and ensure the best possible outcome.

Overall Health
The healthier you are on the inside and a good immune system, the better your recovery and healing.

Time In Thailand
For safety reasons you are required to stay in Thailand for the recommended time stated in the Surgery Recommendation, to ensure you are close proximity to the hospital and Surgeon in the event of any concerns.

Wound Care
This part is very important: the Surgeon or / Nurse will administer wound dressings after surgery and again on check up prior to departure. Refrain from the following and not limited to:

  • Touch any wounds without gloves
  • Pulling, tugging at or scratching any wounds
  • Change or fiddle with dressings without gloves
  • Exposure to airborne bacteria eg. remove the dressings in public areas, toilets eg. airport if you feel the urge to check
  • Have other people check or touch wounds without gloves and that are not medical
  • Showering/bathing – water contamination directly at the site. Towel bathing is suggested
  • Tugging or pulling at stubborn stitches – which can occur
  • Rhinoplasty patients are to avoid: excessive sneezing, blowing of nose, sleeping on your sides, continuous obsessing about the way results look soon after surgery, following
  • Surgeons “molding” instructions,

Bruising and Swelling

  • The initial 48 hours post surgery is when your bruising and swelling will peak and may last up to 14 days.
  • Any prolonged swelling, seek medical attention
  • Bruising will change colour as it fades away
  • Rhinoplasty patients: swelling may take 12 months to disappear. Please be patient
  • If you have been instructed to wear support garment, wear this as instructed, this will assist in reducing swelling and provide additional support to the area
  • Rest is paramount. Give your body time to heal and allow for a lot of rest and quiet time at your hotel / resort. Don’t over exert yourself trying to do tourist activities, shopping and avoid any kind of partying.


  • Even if you feel ok and ready to move about, avoid and then limit the following:
  • Smoking – If you are a smoker you must abstain for at least 4 weeks pre and 4 weeks post surgery
  • Alcohol – mocktails or non alcoholic spritzers are a suggested alternative
  • Moving around excessively – pushing, pulling, carrying anything that is straining eg. luggage and shopping
  • Excessive shopping
  • Straining – carrying medium to heavy loads, including shopping, children, pets, etc.
  • Moisture – swimming, baths, showers, sauna, steam rooms excessive sweating
  • Direct sun exposure
  • Exercising – weights, running, etc

When you return home:

  • Household activities – lifting and carrying children and pets, grocery shopping. Running around generally to get jobs done
  • Moisture – swimming, baths, showers, sauna, steam rooms excessive sweating
  • Direct sun exposure
  • Exercising – weights, running, etc

Contact the hospital if in Thailand or upon return home, a medical professional immediately if you experience:

  • Excessive pain or bleeding
  • Fever
  • Abnormal swelling
  • Wound separation
  • Or just something does not feel or look right

Realise that the results won’t be immediate
Your body will need time to heal after the procedure. This is not a process that can be rushed, be patient with yourself and listen to the medical professionals on how you can aid your body through the recovery before you start judging the immediate results.

Let common sense prevail post surgery and resume everyday activities gradually for optimal recovery.

(Note: any information provided should be used only as an information guide and not CosMediTour giving advice. Do your own valid surgery research to enable you to be fully informed about surgery. CosMediTour Surgery Terms & Conditions apply).

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