What Can I Do To Optimise My Surgical Results?

By Dr Jake Lim – Plastic Surgeon | Updated: February 21, 2024

How to Optimise Your Plastic Surgery Results

Whether you’re considering an eyelid lift, breast augmentation, or any other procedure, it’s essential to understand the importance of optimising your surgical results. By taking the necessary steps to maximise your outcome, you can ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome and enjoy long-lasting benefits.

One of the primary reasons for optimising your surgical results is to ensure that you achieve your desired outcome. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations and communicate your goals clearly. By understanding what can and cannot be achieved through plastic surgery, you can set realistic expectations and avoid disappointment.

In addition to achieving your desired outcome, closely adhering to the advice given by your plastic surgeon, can optimise your plastic surgery results and may help minimise risks and complications. By thoroughly preparing for your procedure and choosing the right plastic surgeon, you can significantly reduce the chances of post-operative complications. This includes following pre-operative instructions such as quitting smoking, avoiding certain medications, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In this blog, Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim will discuss how to prepare for your plastic surgery and what other things you can do to optimise the surgical results.

Preparing For Your Plastic Surgery Procedure

Preparing for your plastic surgery procedure is vital to optimise your results and ensure a smooth recovery. Before scheduling your surgery, it’s essential to do thorough research and choose a reputable plastic surgeon. Look for surgeons with extensive experience in the specific procedure you’re interested in. Schedule consultations with multiple surgeons to discuss your goals, ask questions, and assess their expertise and bedside manner.

Once you’ve chosen a plastic surgeon, they will provide you with pre-operative instructions to follow. These instructions may include avoiding certain medications like blood thinners, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. Following these instructions diligently will help minimise the risk of complications during and after your surgery.

Preparing your home for your recovery is also crucial. Stock up on essential supplies such as pain medication, ice packs, and comfortable clothing. Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the surgery and assist you during the initial recovery period. By preparing your home and support system in advance, you can focus on your recovery without added stress.

Extended Abdominoplasty Patient 3 — Front View
Extended Abdominoplasty Patient 3 — Front View

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is a critical step in optimising your plastic surgery results. Your surgeon’s expertise, experience, and artistic vision play a significant role in achieving your desired outcome. To find the right surgeon for you, consider the following factors:

  • Board certification: Ensure that your plastic surgeon is board-certified by reputable organisation such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Board-certified surgeons have undergone rigorous training and adhere to high standards of patient care. Look for the qualification FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons).
  • Experience: Look for a surgeon who has extensive experience in the specific procedure you’re interested in. Ask to see before and after photos of their previous patients to assess the quality of their work
  • Communication and rapport: Schedule consultations with multiple surgeons to evaluate their communication style and bedside manner. It’s essential to choose a surgeon who listens to your concerns, answers your questions, and makes you feel comfortable

By considering these factors and trusting your instincts, you can choose a plastic surgeon who aligns with your goals and endeavours to provide a positive surgical experience.

Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Plastic Surgery Results

Setting realistic expectations is crucial when it comes to optimising your plastic surgery results. While plastic surgery can alter your appearance, it’s essential to understand its limitations and what can be realistically achieved. Communicating your goals clearly with your plastic surgeon is vital to ensure that you both have a mutual understanding of what can be accomplished.

During your initial consultation, discuss your desired outcome with Dr Jake Lim. He will assess your unique anatomy, discuss the available options, and provide you with honest feedback. He will also explain the potential risks and limitations associated with the procedure. By having open and honest communication, you can set realistic expectations and avoid disappointment.

It’s important to remember that plastic surgery is not a magic solution, and the results may take time to fully manifest. Swelling and bruising are common after surgery and can temporarily affect your appearance. It may take several weeks or even months for the final results to become apparent. Patience and understanding are key during the recovery process.

Following Post-Operative Care Instructions

Following post-operative care instructions is crucial for optimising your plastic surgery results and ensuring a smooth recovery. Dr Jake Lim will provide you with detailed instructions tailored to your specific procedure. It’s essential to follow these instructions diligently to minimise the risk of complications and achieve the best possible outcome.

Post-operative care instructions may include:

  • Taking prescribed medications: Dr Jake may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to manage discomfort and prevent infection. Take these medications as instructed and report any unusual symptoms to your surgeon
  • Managing swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after plastic surgery. Dr Jake may recommend applying ice packs, keeping the operated area elevated, and avoiding certain activities to minimise swelling and bruising
  • Wearing compression garments: Depending on the procedure, Dr Jake may recommend wearing compression garments to support the surgical area and promote proper healing. Follow his instructions regarding the duration and frequency of garment use
  • Avoiding strenuous activities: Engaging in strenuous activities can disrupt the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Follow Dr Lim’s recommendations regarding physical activity restrictions and gradually resume normal activities as advised

By following these post-operative care instructions, you can promote proper healing, can minimise complications, and enhance your overall surgical results.

Incorporating Healthy Lifestyle Habits to Enhance Your Results

Incorporating healthy lifestyle habits is essential for optimising your plastic surgery results and maintaining long-term benefits. While plastic surgery can enhance your appearance, it’s important to remember that it is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. By adopting healthy habits, you can enhance your results and enjoy the full benefits of your procedure.

  • Balanced diet: Proper nutrition is crucial for healing and overall well-being. Incorporate a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water daily
  • Regular exercise: Engaging in regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight, improve circulation, and promote overall well-being. Consult with Dr Jake about when it is safe to resume exercise after your procedure and follow his recommendations
  • Smoking cessation: Smoking including taking any form of Nicotine can significantly impair the healing process and increase the risk of complications. If you smoke, it’s crucial to quit smoking before and after your surgery. Talk to Dr Jake about how long to stop smoking before and after surgery to minimise complications.  He may also recommend smoking cessation resources and support
  • Sun protection: Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is essential for maintaining the results of your plastic surgery. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, wear sunscreen with a high SPF, and use protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses

Non-Surgical Treatments to Complement Your Plastic Surgery Results

Non-surgical treatments can be valuable tools in complementing and maintaining the results of your plastic surgery. These minimally invasive procedures can address specific concerns and enhance your overall appearance. Consult with your plastic surgeon to determine which non-surgical treatments may be suitable for you and how they can complement your surgical results.

Some popular non-surgical treatments that can enhance your plastic surgery results include:

  • Muscle relaxing injections: These injections can help minimise the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, particularly in the forehead and around the eyes. These treatments can complement facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelifts or brow lifts
  • Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers can restore volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. They can be used to enhance the results of facelifts, rhinoplasty, or lip augmentation procedures
  • Laser treatments: Laser treatments can address various skin concerns such as pigmentation issues, acne scars, and uneven skin texture. These treatments can complement facial rejuvenation procedures
  • Skin care products: High-quality skincare products can help nourish and protect your skin, enhancing the results of your plastic surgery. Consult with your plastic surgeon to determine the most suitable products for your skin type and concerns

Maintaining Long-Term Results

Proper skincare and maintenance are essential for maintaining the long-term results of your plastic surgery. After investing in your appearance through plastic surgery, it’s important to take care of your skin and follow a consistent skincare routine. By incorporating the following tips into your daily life, you can prolong the benefits of your procedure.

  • Cleanse and moisturise: Cleanse your skin twice a day using a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type. Follow up with a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and nourished
  • Sun protection: Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is crucial for maintaining the results of your plastic surgery. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF daily, regardless of the weather. Wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses when exposed to the sun
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact your skin’s health and accelerate the ageing process. Quit smoking if you smoke and moderate your alcohol intake to maintain optimal skin health
  • Regular professional treatments: Consider incorporating regular professional treatments such as facials, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion into your skincare routine. These treatments can help address specific concerns

Common Mistakes to Avoid That Can Hinder Your Plastic Surgery Results

While optimising your plastic surgery results is crucial, it’s equally important to be aware of common mistakes that can hinder your outcome. By avoiding these pitfalls, you can ensure that you achieve the best possible results and minimise the risk of complications.

  1. Ignoring Dr Lim’s instructions: Dr Lim will provide you with detailed pre and post-operative instructions. Ignoring or neglecting these instructions can lead to complications and suboptimal results. Follow your surgeon’s guidance diligently to maximise your outcome
  2. Rushing the recovery process: Recovery takes time, and it’s important not to rush the process. Pushing yourself too hard or engaging in strenuous activities before you’re fully healed can disrupt the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Be patient and allow your body the time it needs to heal
  3. Neglecting your overall health: Your overall health plays a significant role in the success of your plastic surgery. Neglecting your health by smoking, consuming excessive alcohol, or not following a balanced diet can hinder your healing process and negatively impact your results. Prioritise your overall well-being to optimise your outcome
  4. Seeking excessive revisions: While it’s essential to communicate your goals and expectations to Dr Lim, seeking excessive revisions can lead to unsatisfactory results. Trust in your surgeon’s experience and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved through plastic surgery

Optimising your plastic surgery results is a journey that requires careful planning, preparation, and commitment. By understanding the importance of setting realistic expectations, choosing the right plastic surgeon, and following pre and post-operative care instructions, you are on the way to ensuring that you achieve your desired outcome and enjoy the long-lasting benefits of plastic surgery.

FAQs about Plastic Surgery Results


How can I maximise my liposuction results?

  • To optimise the outcomes of liposuction, it’s generally advised that individuals are near their target weight, before undergoing the procedure. Adopting a regular exercise regime and a nutritious diet in the lead-up to the surgery can be beneficial. Drinking plenty of water, especially before meals, can aid in maintaining weight by curbing appetite. Engaging in muscle toning activities can further enhance the physique revealed through liposuction. It’s imperative to quit smoking as it could escalate the risk of surgical complications.

How much weight should I lose before plastic surgery?

  • Usually, it’s prudent to be within a certain proximity of your ideal weight. If your BMI in over 30, or you are more than 10 kg overweight, your plastic surgeon might counsel you to shed some weight. It’s advisable to sustain a stable weight for at least 6-12 months before undergoing procedures like an abdominoplasty. Being closer to your ideal weight can significantly enrich the outcomes of various cosmetic procedures.

What to avoid after abdominoplasty to maintain the results of the intervention?

  • Post abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), preserving the results involves several steps. It’s vital to monitor your weight and adhere to a wholesome diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. Abstaining from smoking, which hampers healing and overall skin and organ health, is crucial. During the initial recovery phase, avoid strenuous activities including driving, exercising, working, and heavy lifting. Adhering to your plastic surgeon’s guidelines, using compression garments, and keeping hydrated are also key steps to safeguard the results of the abdominoplasty.

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About Dr Jake Lim

Highly qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon Dr Jake Lim focuses on facial plastic, cosmetic breast and body contouring after significant weight loss

Dr Lim creates the best possible plastic surgery results for his Australia-wide and international patients.

Dr Lim is passionate about making sure each and every patient has access to the right information about available treatments and procedures and is able to make well-informed decisions.

At My Klinik, patient safety, education and achieving optimal results are our top priorities.