William A. Wallace, MD FACS

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Picking the Perfect Care Giver

The Squeamish Need Not Apply

For sure, if you decide to have a cosmetic surgery, you will need a caregiver immediately following your surgery and for a few weeks after.  Since that person (or persons) will play a very important role in your recovery, we want to give them a few good tips.  Be sure to share this list with anyone that you think may be helping you after surgery!


  • First, if you’re squeamish about blood, you may not be a good person for this job.  Most of the time, drains are involved in this procedure.  Drains help to remove the buildup of blood and fluid during the healing process.  These drains may need to be emptied a few times and usually, the output needs to be measured and reported to the surgeon.  
  • Do not be a Debbie Downer!  Be positive and supportive.  This is not the time to make her question the decision to have surgery.  Please be supportive and remind her that the recovery process is temporary, and it will be worth it in the end!
  • Know the warning signs so you know when to call for help 
  • Do not let her overdo it.  Many women have a hard time asking others for help.  Know the limitations given to her by the surgeon and make sure to assist with bathing, dressing, emptying the drains, household chores, meal preparation, kids, and pets. Help even if she doesn’t ask.
  • Encourage her to walk around frequently.  Short walks, even the same day as surgery, help to avoid complications like DVT.  
  • always Remind her to keep the compression garments on or as instructed (see post-op instructions). 
  • Assist with getting up and down and provide support while showering.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.