Aftercare/ Postoperative Instructions2019-06-12T11:21:23+00:00

We’re with you for the full journey with our inclusive aftercare treatment…

Check our aftercare guides below.

Your treatment with us includes 1 year of all-inclusive aftercare. This covers all dressing clinics, follow appointments and any complications that may occur.

You will find detailed post-operative instructions and advice for our main procedures below.

Facial Plastic Surgery Scotland

Aftercare guides for Facial Treatments…

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:25:16+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with painkillers and antibiotic ointment to apply to your suture line once you have removed your bandage.

Change of dressings – Your dressings will be changed before you leave the hospital and a light bandage will be put on (you should remove this after 48 hours, and you may apply a thin layer of the antibiotic ointment provided to your suture lines).

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Facelift instructions2019-05-21T18:19:51+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery. It is recommended that you have some help at home for the first day or two.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.

When can I go back to work after facelift?2019-05-21T18:20:33+00:00

Your recovery and your job will dictate when you can return to work. We would advise patients to leave two weeks before returning to work although this does vary depending on the individual.

Activities after facelift2019-05-21T18:20:08+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you have removed the light bandage 48 hours after discharge. You may wash your hair using baby shampoo and gently brush your hair away from the suture lines. Apply the antibiotic ointment lightly after showering.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops that require removal over your head as they might catch on your suture lines/ ears.

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least one week after your surgery.

Exercise – Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

Glasses – It may be difficult to wear glasses while your bandage is on. After that glasses may be worn with care.

Facelift wound care2019-05-21T18:20:57+00:00

Antibiotic ointment – You will have been provided with an antibiotic ointment (Polyfax or Chloramphenicol) to apply over the external sutures. Apply a small amount twice a day until your stitches are removed.

Be gentle when washing your face – use a mild detergent or soap.

Do not use makeup or other cosmetics on your external incisions until your wound is fully healed (usually by three weeks).

Follow up2019-05-21T00:44:13+00:00

First 10 days after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic to have your check up and removal of sutures.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch before their six months follow up appointment, and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your six months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:26:21+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with painkillers, an antibiotic ointment to apply to your suture line and a saline spray to keep the inside of your nose moist and clean.

Change of dressings – Any packs you have will be removed on the ward before you go home. You will be provided with a drip pad to absorb any discharge from your nose for the first 24-48hrs after surgery.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:24:09+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with painkillers and an antibiotic ointment to apply to your eyes.

Change of dressings – Your dressings do not usually require changing before discharge.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Rhinoplasty instructions2019-05-21T18:08:01+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery. It is recommended that you have some help at home for the first day or two.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.22

Eyelid instructions2019-05-21T18:17:36+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for 3 weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.

When can I go back to work after rhinoplasty?2019-05-21T18:09:25+00:00

Your recovery and your job will dictate when you can return to work. We would advise patients to leave 1-2 weeks before returning to work although this does vary depending on the individual.

When can I go back to work after eyelid surgery?2019-05-21T18:17:05+00:00

Your recovery and your job will dictate when you can return to work. We would advise patients to leave at least a week to 10 days before returning to work although this does vary depending on each individual.

Activities after rhinoplasty2019-05-21T18:10:38+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home, but you must keep your tape and splint dry. To wash your hair, you may need help as you will need to tilt your head backwards and have someone rinse it for you. Once your splint has been removed, then there is nothing to stop you showering as usual.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops that require removal over your head as they might catch on your nose or splint.

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least seven days until your splint has been removed. Additionally, you have required controlled fractures of the bones of your nose which may lead to your eyes becoming puffy and swollen. You should wait until the swelling has settled.

Exercise – Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

Blowing your nose – Try to avoid blowing your nose for at least one week.

Young children – Take care when playing with young children in case they unintentionally knock your nose.

Glasses – There are no limits to wearing glasses on top of your cast during your first week of recovery. Once the cast is removed, you should avoid wearing glasses (including sunglasses) directly on your nose for a total of 6 weeks after surgery. If controlled bone fractures aren’t performed during your operation, you can wear glasses at any time. If you must wear glasses to see, then tape them onto your forehead so that the weight of them does not rest on your bridge. If possible, it is preferable that you wear contact lenses to see instead of your glasses.

Contact lenses – You can insert your contact lenses anytime after surgery as soon as you are feeling well enough to do so. Please keep in mind that some patients experience swelling of the eye area after their surgery, which may make wearing lenses uncomfortable. If they are uncomfortable when you put them in, take them out and try again later.

Activities after eyelid surgery2019-05-21T18:18:03+00:00

Showering/ bathing – Generally speaking, you can shower at any time after your surgery.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops that require removal over your head as they might catch on your eyes.

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least three days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication. Additionally, your eyelids might be puffy and swollen.

Exercise – Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for around two weeks.

Glasses – You can wear your glasses any time after surgery.

Contact lenses – Generally speaking, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for as long as possible after your surgery. This is to avoid manipulation of the eyelids which may impair healing. Most patients can start wearing their contact lenses after about 3 weeks. Some patients, however, may have a degree of dryness or irritation to their eyes and should wait until this is resolved.

Rhinoplasty wound care2019-05-21T18:12:13+00:00

Antibiotic ointment – You will have been provided with an antibiotic ointment (Polyfax or Chloramphenicol) to apply over the external sutures. Apply a small amount three times a day until your stitches have been removed.

Saline nasal spray – You will be provided with a saline nasal spray to use 3-4 times a day. The spray helps to keep the inside of your nose clean and reduces crusting and bleeding. You should use it for 1-2 weeks after your surgery.

Be gentle when washing your face – use a mild detergent or soap.

Do not use makeup or other cosmetics on your external incisions until your wound is fully healed (usually by three weeks).

Cold compresses around your eyes and cheeks may help reduce swelling.

Eyelid wound care2019-05-21T18:18:27+00:00

Antibiotic ointment – You may have been provided with an antibiotic eye ointment (Chloramphenicol) to apply over your lashes and in your eyes. Apply a small amount 2-3 times a day for the first 1-2 days.

Be gentle when washing your face – use a mild detergent or soap.

Do not use makeup or other cosmetics on your external incisions until your wound is fully healed (usually by two weeks).

Cold compresses around your eyes may help reduce bruising and swelling.

Follow up2019-05-21T17:59:27+00:00

4-6 days after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic to have your stitches, tape removed.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch prior to their 6 months follow up appointment and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) prior to your 6 months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Follow up2019-05-21T18:13:30+00:00

7-8 days after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic to have your stitches, tape and splint removed.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Many of our patients will get in touch before their six months follow up appointment and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your six months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Scar management2019-05-23T22:43:28+00:00

Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for up to 12 months.

You should start gently massaging your scars from 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Avoid exposing scars to direct sun for 3-4 months.

Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or higher).

When to call2019-05-21T21:54:38+00:00

If you have increased swelling or bruising which is not settling.

If you notice swelling of one/ both of your legs or feel short of breath – this may indicate a clot in one of your veins/ lungs – Deep vein thrombosis/ Pulmonary embolism.

If you have increased redness along the incision (this may be a sign of infection).

If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.

If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.

If you have a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius.

If you have any yellowish or greenish discharge from the incisions.

If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.

If concerned, please call Beechwood House on 0131 316259 between the hours of 8am-8pm or after that on 0131 334 0363.

Cosmetic Breast Surgery Scotland

Aftercare guides for Breast Surgery…

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:22:37+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with simple painkillers before discharge.

Change of dressings – Your dressings should be left intact until your first postoperative visit.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:23:19+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with simple painkillers before discharge.

Change of dressings – Your dressings should be left intact until your first postoperative visit.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Post-surgical bras

Please view the following page for advice on support/ post-surgical bras: post-surgical bras

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:29:09+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with simple painkillers before discharge.

Change of dressings – Your dressings should be left intact until your first postoperative visit.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Post-surgical bras2019-05-21T23:23:42+00:00

Please view the following page for advice on support/ post-surgical bras: post-surgical bras

Breast reduction instructions2019-05-21T19:22:38+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increase the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention, which may worsen swelling.

Breast uplift instructions2019-05-21T22:18:00+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increase the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for 3 weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.

Male breast reduction instructions2019-05-21T22:25:11+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention, which may worsen swelling.

Breast augmentation instructions2019-05-21T19:13:17+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention, which may worsen swelling.

When can I go back to work after breast reduction?2019-05-21T19:23:46+00:00

Return to work will depend on your recovery and your job requirements. We advise patients to take two weeks off work, but it will vary from individual to individual.

When can I go back to work after breast uplift?2019-05-21T22:19:11+00:00

This will depend on your recovery and your job requirements. We advise patients to take 2 weeks off work but it will vary from individual to individual.

When can I go back to work after male breast reduction?2019-05-21T22:25:57+00:00

This will depend on the extent of surgery, your recovery and your job requirements. We advise patients to take 1-2 weeks off work, but it will vary from individual to individual.

Revision breast instructions2019-05-21T22:44:19+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcoholwhen taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for 3 weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.

When can I go back to work after breast augmentation?2019-05-21T19:14:28+00:00

This will depend on your recovery and your job requirements. We advise patients to take 1-2 weeks off work, but it will vary from individual to individual.

Activities after breast reduction2019-05-21T23:24:47+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home but try not to soak your dressings.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright. Avoid sleeping on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops. Wear a support bra – further information

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication.

Exercise – For the first two days, keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything substantial. Do not push your arms to lift yourself in bed. Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

Activities after breast uplift2019-05-21T23:25:34+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home but try not to soak your dressings.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright. Avoid sleeping on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops. Wear a support bra – further information

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication.

Exercise – For the first two days keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything heavy. Do not push your arms to lift yourself in bed. Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

Activities after male breast reduction2019-05-21T22:32:09+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home but try not to soak your dressings.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright. Avoid sleeping on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Clothing – You will benefit from wearing a compression vest. A tight-fitting lycra cycling shirt is usually sufficient, and you should wear one day and night for 4-6 weeks after your surgery.

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication.

Exercise– For the first two days, keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything substantial. Do not push your arms to lift yourself in bed. Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

When can I go back to work after revision breast surgery?2019-05-21T22:46:40+00:00

This will depend on the exact procedure you have had and your job requirements. We advise patients to take 1-2 weeks off work but it will vary from individual to individual.

Activities after breast augmentation2019-05-21T19:15:37+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home but try not to soak your dressings.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright. Avoid sleeping on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops. Wear a support bra – further information

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication.

Exercise – For the first two days, keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything substantial. Do not push your arms to lift yourself in bed. Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

Wound care2019-05-21T21:57:47+00:00

Showering – You may shower when you get home. Take care not to soak your dressings.

Wound care2019-05-21T22:36:10+00:00

Showering– You may shower when you get home.

Activities after revision breast surgery2019-05-21T22:47:50+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home but try not to soak your dressings.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright. Avoid sleeping on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Clothing – Wear clothing that is easy to remove and avoid tight tops. Wear a support brafurther information

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication.

Exercise – For the first two days keep your arm movements to a minimum. Your arms should not be used to support your body or lift anything substantial. Do not push your arms to lift yourself in bed. Avoid strenuous activities or any activity that increases your blood pressure for 3-4 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least two months.

Wound care2019-05-21T21:56:26+00:00

Showering – You may shower when you get home. Take care not to soak your dressings.

Follow up2019-05-21T21:57:35+00:00

Weeks 1-3 after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic to have your dressing changed and sutures removed. You will usually be seen 2-3 times over this period. The nurses will provide you will silicone tapes to help your scars mature.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch before their six months follow up appointment, and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your six months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Follow up2019-05-21T22:34:24+00:00

Weeks 1-2 after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic to have your dressing changed and sutures removed. You will usually be seen 1-2 times over this period. The nurses may provide you with silicone tapes to help your scars mature.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch before their six months follow up appointment, and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your six months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Follow up2019-05-21T22:49:36+00:00

Weeks 1-3 after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic on at least two occasions to have your dressings changed, and any non-dissolvable sutures you have will be removed during this period.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch before their six months follow up appointment, and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your six months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Scar management2019-05-23T22:43:28+00:00

Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for up to 12 months.

You should start gently massaging your scars from 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Avoid exposing scars to direct sun for 3-4 months.

Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or higher).

When to call2019-05-21T21:54:38+00:00

If you have increased swelling or bruising which is not settling.

If you notice swelling of one/ both of your legs or feel short of breath – this may indicate a clot in one of your veins/ lungs – Deep vein thrombosis/ Pulmonary embolism.

If you have increased redness along the incision (this may be a sign of infection).

If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.

If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.

If you have a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius.

If you have any yellowish or greenish discharge from the incisions.

If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.

If concerned, please call Beechwood House on 0131 316259 between the hours of 8am-8pm or after that on 0131 334 0363.

Body Contouring Treatments Scotland

Aftercare guides for Body Contouring…

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:27:05+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with simple painkillers before discharge.

Change of dressings – Your dressings may be changed before your leave and should be left intact until your first postoperative visit. The new belly button area will usually be left exposed, and you should apply a thin layer of the antibiotic ointment you will have been provided.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Tummy tuck instructions2019-05-21T22:57:07+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots (DVT/ PE). You should wear compression stockings for at least 2-3 weeks following your surgery.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.

When can I go back to work after tummy tuck?2019-05-21T22:58:29+00:00

Return to work will depend on the extent of surgery, your recovery and your job requirements. We advise patients to take at least two weeks off work, but it will vary from individual to individual.

Activities after tummy tuck2019-05-21T22:59:32+00:00

Showering/ bathing – We would generally advise that you keep your dressings dry for the first week.

Sleeping position – Sleep comfortably on two or three pillows. You do not need to sleep propped upright. Avoid sleeping on your tummy for at least three weeks.

Clothing – You do not need to wear a compression garment. Wear clothing that is comfortable.

Driving – We recommend not driving for two weeks after your surgery.

Exercise – This will partly depend on whether your muscles have required repair. Take things easy for the first 2-3 weeks and do not do any heavy lifting. Exercise such as running and cycling can often be commenced after six weeks, and swimming should be avoided for three months. Heavy exercise (that places demand on your abdominal muscles) and sit-ups should be avoided for six months if your muscles have been tightened.

Wound care2019-05-21T23:00:31+00:00

Showering – Keep your dressings dry for the first week.

Apply antibiotic ointment lightly to your belly button.

Follow up2019-05-21T23:01:30+00:00

Weeks 1-2 after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic to have your dressing changed and sutures removed around the belly button. You will usually be seen on at least two occasions over this period. The nurses may provide you with silicone tapes to help your scars mature.

Six months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at six months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch before their six months follow up appointment, and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your six months follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Scar management2019-05-23T22:43:28+00:00

Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for up to 12 months.

You should start gently massaging your scars from 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Avoid exposing scars to direct sun for 3-4 months.

Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or higher).

When to call2019-05-21T21:54:38+00:00

If you have increased swelling or bruising which is not settling.

If you notice swelling of one/ both of your legs or feel short of breath – this may indicate a clot in one of your veins/ lungs – Deep vein thrombosis/ Pulmonary embolism.

If you have increased redness along the incision (this may be a sign of infection).

If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.

If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.

If you have a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius.

If you have any yellowish or greenish discharge from the incisions.

If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.

If concerned, please call Beechwood House on 0131 316259 between the hours of 8am-8pm or after that on 0131 334 0363.

Aftercare guides for Labiaplasty…

Before you leave the hospital2019-05-23T22:25:53+00:00

Medications – You will be provided with simple painkillers before discharge.

Change of dressings – We suggest using simple pant liners over your wounds. These should be changed regularly.

Follow up appointments for dressing clinics – You will be handed a card with details of your first follow up appointment and contact details for the ward should you have any concerns once you get home.

Labiaplasty instructions2019-05-21T23:05:56+00:00

Have someone drive you home after surgery.

Get plenty of rest.

Start walking gently as soon as possible; this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. Do not overdo things.

Follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may wish to add more raw fruit and fibre to your diet. Make sure you increase fluid intake. It is essential to avoid constipation as straining may increase the risk of bleeding.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are usually sufficient during the first few days.

Avoid smoking for at least two weeks, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

Avoid alcohol when taking pain medications. Even if you are not taking pain medications, it is advisable to avoid alcohol for three weeks as it can cause fluid retention which may worsen swelling.

When can I go back to work after labiaplasty?2019-05-21T23:06:40+00:00

Return to work will depend on your recovery and job. We would generally advise taking at least one week off work.

Activities after labiaplasty2019-05-21T23:07:45+00:00

Showering/ bathing – You may bathe once you are home. You should bath or shower daily. It may be helpful to have a warm salty bath for a short soak. Use a mild baby shampoo/ shower gel. Dry thoroughly with gentle patting with a towel and then apply the antibiotic ointment you have been provided for the first few days.

Sleeping position – Sleep in a position that is comfortable for you.

ClothingWear loose cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting trousers.

Tampons – Avoid using tampons until the area is healed.

Driving – We recommend not driving for at least 4-5 days after your surgery as you may be on pain medication and still be experiencing some discomfort.

Exercise – Avoid strenuous activities for 3-4 weeks. Avoid doing things that may cause friction/ rubbing of your wounds.

Intercourse – It is advisable to avoid intercourse for 3-4 weeks or until your wounds are fully healed, and it feels comfortable.

Wound care2019-05-21T23:08:20+00:00

Showering – You may shower when you get home. Use the supplied antibiotic ointment and local anaesthetic gel as directed

Follow up2019-05-21T23:09:01+00:00

Weeks 1-3 after your operation – You will attend a specialist nurse clinic on at least two occasions to have your wounds reviewed. All the stitches are dissolvable but may remain visible for up to 4 weeks.

4-6 months – You will be asked to arrange a follow-up appointment with your surgeon at 4-6 months to discuss the outcome of your surgery and any concerns you may have.

Please note – Some of our patients will get in touch before their 4-6 month follow up appointment, and we are often able to address any concerns you may have over the phone or via email. You are welcome to make an appointment (at no cost to you) before your 4-6 month follow up if you wish to be seen in person to discuss any issues.

Scar care2019-05-21T23:10:00+00:00

Healing is a gradual process, and the operated area may remain slightly swollen and sensitive for several weeks.

It is crucial that you massage your scars firmly using vaseline or plain moisturising cream. Massage will help desensitise your scars.

When to call2019-05-21T21:54:38+00:00

If you have increased swelling or bruising which is not settling.

If you notice swelling of one/ both of your legs or feel short of breath – this may indicate a clot in one of your veins/ lungs – Deep vein thrombosis/ Pulmonary embolism.

If you have increased redness along the incision (this may be a sign of infection).

If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication.

If you have any side effects to medications; such as, rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.

If you have a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius.

If you have any yellowish or greenish discharge from the incisions.

If you have bleeding from the incisions that is difficult to control with light pressure.

If concerned, please call Beechwood House on 0131 316259 between the hours of 8am-8pm or after that on 0131 334 0363.

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Aftercare guides for Minor Skin Surgery…

Before you leave2019-05-23T22:46:09+00:00

You will be given instructions on how to look after your wounds. You may be given an antibiotic ointment to apply to the wounds.

Before you leave, a follow-up appointment will be made for you to return in 5-10 days to have your wound checked and for any stitches to be removed.

Wound care2019-05-23T22:48:49+00:00

If you have dressings over your wounds then you will be told if they are shower proof or not.

Your wound may be left open (without a dressing) and you may be given an antibiotic ointment to apply 2-3 a day. If this is the case you can shower and bath to keep your wounds clean.

Scar management2019-05-23T22:43:28+00:00

Healing is a gradual process, and your scars may remain slightly pink for up to 12 months.

You should start gently massaging your scars from 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Avoid exposing scars to direct sun for 3-4 months.

Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or higher).

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Aftercare guides for Non-Surgical Treatments…

Finance Available

Quaba Plastic Surgery do not provide finance directly however finance options are available through a company working with the Spire Hospital.

Examples are available through the Spire Website. Please see the link below…

Consultation

Aesthetic surgery is self-demanded and self-judged. It focuses on happiness rather than healing.

It is vital that anyone considering cosmetic surgery is clear about what they want to achieve and the limitations involved.

Questions to ask yourself if you are considering cosmetic surgery >

The consultation is a central part of the doctor-patient relationship. It will ultimately determine whether you wish to proceed with any recommended surgery or treatment. We will explore your main concerns and expectations. Any relevant past or ongoing medical history needs to be noted as this may have implications for surgery and expected results. We will carry out an examination and will discuss all treatment options with you.

All of our consultations take place at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh.

During the consultation, we will explore your concerns and the impact they may or may not be having on you. We will discuss the background to these concerns and any relevant past medical history.

We will examine you with a chaperone present when appropriate. Photographs are usually taken as part of the consultation and these form an essential part of your medical record. They are also useful to look back on following any surgery.

Following the examination, we will let you know what your options are including any non-surgical options which may be available.

If surgery is an option, we will inform you about the nature of the procedure(s), risks and complications, long term impact and the possibility of revisional surgery.

You will be shown a range of before and after photographs of any proposed treatments during your consultation.

We may advise that surgery is not needed or may not be in your best interests. This might be because there is a more effective non-surgical treatment, or it might be because we feel we are unable to meet your expectations. This can occur when there is minimal deformity present or when we think that expectations are unrealistic. There may be other good reasons not to proceed with surgery such as a recent major life event (such as relationship difficulties, grief, divorce, financial difficulty or conflicts at work) or predisposing medical conditions that may increase your risk of complications or a poor outcome.

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you. We also recommend a period to think things over (typically a two-week ‘cooling off’ period) and a second consultation is always available free of charge.

BAPRAS has a useful cosmetic surgery checklist which summarises essential points you should consider when thinking about cosmetic surgery -the 5 C’s – we highly recommend that you take a look at it.

Patient safety is a critical factor in cosmetic surgery. Click here to find out more Patient Safety in Cosmetic Surgery

Download Royal College of Surgeons of England pre-consultation checklist >

Attention to detail and refinement are our key elements to the provision of successful cosmetic surgery

Your care is led by Consultant Plastic Surgeons and is Hospital-Based.

Call us in confidence on 0131 342 0020 to discuss the options

What our patients have to say…

Feedback is from external review sites such as Google and RealSelf

Rhinoplasty – Faultless

I had rhinoplasty performed by Mr Awf Quaba and the whole process was faultless. He was a lovely man, obviously extremely knowledgeable and experienced, who really listened and made sensible suggestions of what he could achieve. On the day, everything went quickly and smoothly and was home by the evening of surgery. Overall the procedure was painless – I cannot recall feeling any discomfort at all the during recovery period. Nose was blocked and couldn’t taste anything for 3 days but, other than that, no drawbacks at all. Would recommend the procedure with no reservations at all.

Edinburgh 1976, Realself Mar 2019

Breast lift with implants – Amazing experience

Mr Omar Quaba was brilliant from start to finish with my procedure. I experienced a very professional and honest journey and had full trust in him as a surgeon for my complex procedure.

My results have turned out amazing and I can’t believe the difference from my before and after pictures which he kindly sent me over.

I Would highly recommend to anyone and can’t be thankful enough for making me feel a lot better within myself.

erinmclaren, Realself Nov 2018

Facelift surgery – I found a great surgeon!

Having never forayed into the world of cosmetic surgery, I feel I was very fortunate to find Mr Quaba.
Murrayfield Hospital supplied me with a list of surgeons upon my initial query regarding a neck/lower facelift and I looked through each of their profiles and kept coming back to the Quaba practice.
From my first consultation, Mr Quaba put me at ease and gave me very realistic expectations of the outcome if I chose to go for surgery. He explained all the risks involved and confirmed everything we discussed in writing, which gave me the time and the opportunity to fully consider if this was the right choice for me.
I went ahead with the neck and lower facelift a few months later and felt completely safe in Mr Quaba’s hands. He has an excellent gentle manner. I also love the fact that he and his father work together. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.
I am so glad I opted for my surgery and am very happy with the results.

ShirleyMcN, Realself May 2019

Chin fillers – Brilliant experience

Always friendly, informative and helpful. Made you feel comfortable and always provided an honest opinion about what would be the best course of action. Did a wonderful job, very pleased with the results. Would definitely recommend as the results have had a positive effect on my self-confidence levels and the healing time was both fast and pain-free.

Breast augmentation – Outstanding results

Tremendous.
Mr Quaba (Omar) took time to understand what I was looking to achieve and guided me on what would be the best results for my physique and body shape.
I am athletic and wanted a really natural result and Mr Quaba genuinely exceeded my expectations. Thoroughly professional, down to earth and understanding of your requirements.

Breast augmentation – 5 star

I was more than happy with Dr Omar Quaba from my first consultation till my 6-month post opp. Dr Quaba is very professional and makes you feel very comfortable, there is no pressure what so ever. Every option is spoken about even the option of not needing to have the surgery done which makes you know he cares about each individual patient not just the business he is receiving. The results i have are more than what i imagined and have made me much happier. I would recommend Dr Quaba to anyone who is thinking of having surgery.

Amberkeano, Realself May 2019

Male breast reduction – Dr Quaba Quaba is truly exceptional

Dr Omar Quaba is definitely one of the best gynecomastia surgeons in the country and I would wholeheartedly recommend him. Start to finish, the whole process was exceptional. Starting with consultation, it was extremely informative and there was always a feeling of care rather than the pressure of sales and Dr Quaba took time to answer all the questions, I had. In fact, he also agreed to see me for a second consultation to clear all my doubts without charging a consultation fee. The operation process was extremely smooth and the all inclusive package with Spire is definitely recommended which includes an overnight stay (meals included) with 24 hr nurse care. Postoperative care was truly exceptional as Dr Quaba always had time to respond to my emails and calls and any issues I had. I learnt from the process that patience is key and with time, you would get the desired result. The body needs a bit of time to heal and post 6 months, true results will be reflected. I can’t thank Dr Quaba enough for the great result. It’s not even a year since I had this operation and when I look in the mirror, even with a microscopic lens, it won’t be possible to determine that there was any surgery done in the concerned area as there are no scars and no marks. Dr Quaba in true sense is a genius.
If you are really looking for surgical treatment for Gynecomastia, go straight to him and it would be the best decision you would have taken in your life, I guarantee.

Breast augmentation – Very happy

After spending a lot of time researching I decided to book a consultation with Quaba Plastic Surgery. During my consultation, Dr Quaba explained all the risks involved with the surgery and made sure I fully understood these. I did not feel pressured at any point to go ahead with booking the breast augmentation. Dr Quaba was very knowledgeable and honest. On the morning of my operation, I met with Dr Quaba and the anaesthetist, I was given the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns. I felt very anxious but Dr Quaba made me feel at ease.  I’m extremely pleased with the care and treatment I received during my stay in hospital. I just attended my 6 month check-up with Dr Omar and I’m very happy with my results.

Facelift surgery -I felt safe and sound throughout

As an older lady, I was given a realistic expectation of the end result. While in hospital I was well looked after and when we had an unexpected hiccup due to me having been on blood thinners I was readmitted with Mr Quaba Senior on hand at 2.00am to provide care and reassurance. Both Mr Quabas have excellent bedside manners and have the ability to make you feel safe an secure. Unbelievably, I experienced little or no pain (but did look a bit like a Russian astronaut with the bandages round my head). Obviously, there were stitches in front and behind my ear and into my hairline. However, my skin has healed exceptionally well and there is absolutely no sign that work has been done apart from my lovely smooth neck and lack of jowls (which were not attractive).
I was treated with respect and care throughout the process.

Thank you so much Mr Quaba

Maggie Durning, Realself Feb 2019

Breast reduction – Incredible Dr, incredible outcome. Best decision I’ve ever made

I first contacted Dr Omar Quaba when I was looking into breast reduction surgery. From the initial consultation, I knew I was in safe hands. What I liked best, was that Dr Quaba didn’t rush me into making any decisions. He wanted to ensure I fully understood the risks, and also for me to see the scarring that would occur. This was done using a portfolio so I could see first hand what to expect. My surgery was discussed in depth, with Dr Quaba listening to my thoughts whilst being realistic about the outcome. I would highly recommend Dr Quaba and if I needed anything in the future, he would absolutely be my first port of call.

Rhinoplasty – I had a great experience

I had a great experience with this surgeon. I had my rhinoplasty surgery in August 2018. After a long time thinking about having the surgery, I decided to book. I had read a lot of reviews on different surgeons before I decided on Quaba.
I am delighted with the result. Wish I had done it sooner.

Breast augmentation – Wish I’d done it earlier

The service I received from Dr O Quaba was excellent, from initial consultation to post-op aftercare.
He understood exactly what I wanted and 6 months on I am delighted with the natural result he created.
Highly recommend!

Tummy tuck and Lipo

I had wanted tummy tuck for a time, after 2 pregnancies, had left a large volume of excess skin.
Mr Omar Quaba was excellent from my initial consultation, he was approachable and I felt reassured, all the way to aftercare. I am delighted with the results. I would definitely recommend this surgeon.

Breast augmentation – Great experience and great results

I was extremely happy with my experience with Dr Omar Quaba from my initial consultation, my procedure and follow up. He is professional, reassuring and kept me very informed throughout. I felt very comfortable with him and would thoroughly recommend him. I got a great result as well and am so so happy.

Breast Reduction – An A experience with great results and a fantastic surgeon

If you are thinking about this….. do it! I wish I had had my breast reduction years ago. Omar Quaba will reassure you, explain everything and answer any questions you have. He is an amazing surgeon and very kind and approachable. I would recommend him for any plastic surgery, I have fantastic results and I am so happy with the result. It has made a huge difference to my life.

Suzi Jackson, Realself Jan 2019

Breast implants – Trusting experience

Dr O Quaba was Very helpful when giving advice to what type and size of implant would be best for me and my lifestyle as a busy Mum and full-time fitness lecturer/instructor. He was Friendly, understanding and approachable. Dr O Quaba was happy to answer all questions and explained every query I had to give me full understanding before, on the day of surgery and during my post op aftercare.

mariemclellan, Realself Jan 2019

Breast reduction – First class experience

After considering breast reduction surgery for many years, I decided in 2017 to take the plunge. After a colleague recommend Quaba Plastic Surgery, I booked a consultation with Omar Quaba and never looked back. From the first consultation, Omar made me feel at complete ease, which wasn’t an easy job as I was a nervous wreck and explained the entire process in full and frank detail to ensure I had all the facts before making my decision. My reduction was to be a significant one, I was a 34JJ, and Omar made sure I left that consultation with realistic expectations of the possible result of the surgery and the recovery process. I had a lot to think about, however I was convinced leaving the surgery that day that should I go ahead with the surgery Omar Quaba was the surgeon I wanted to do it as I had never felt as comfortable talking about the negative effects my large breast were causing me, having spent years making jokes about them, and to be honest that was the deal breaker for me. From the moment I arrived at the hospital every single member of the team where outstanding, they made sure I was comfortable, explained the process step by step and quickly realised humour was my coping mechanism so we had a few laughs along the way. The Aftercare was exceptional and the result of the surgery was amazing, so far beyond my expectations, I was actually a little overwhelmed and absolutely delighted with my new 34F’s. I can not recommend Omar Quaba and his team more highly, true professionals in every sense.

Breast implant revision – Fantastic, couldn’t be happier

Fantastic. I am so happy I went to Mr A Quaba. Would highly recommend him. After 2 failed breast augmentation’s Mr Quaba had a lot of work to do inside my breast’s and he’s done a fantastic job. I am so happy with the results I can’t thank him enough. I was so worried after my 2nd operation that I would never have the result he has given me. He’s done more than fix my breast he’s also given me my confidence back. He’s a lovely man with a huge heart.
Bright2126, Realself Apr 2019

Eyelid surgery – Very professional

My upper blepharoplasty was a very professional and good experience with Mr Quaba and his team. I felt very taken care of and looked after at all times. I am also extremely pleased with the results although my facial bruising took a few months to disappear. I would not hesitate to recommend this surgeon and his team.

Rhinoplasty – Care was exceptional

My only regret is not having the procedure years ago. After paying for a few consultations in other clinics I felt Mr Quaba made me feel most at ease about my Rhinoplasty and explained everything to me. From start to finish all the staff who cared for me were amazing. I felt no pain afterwards and although I had a lot of bruising and swelling this was nearly all gone within 2 weeks. Could not recommend Dr Quaba enough if you are thinking of having a rhinoplasty.

Mommy makeover – I wish I had done it years ago!

I had to travel over 300 miles to have a consultation and again to have the surgery so I did lots of research and initially visited 3 different hospitals before deciding on Mr Omar Quaba at the Murrayfield Spire Hospital in Edinburgh. Mr Quaba immediately made me feel at ease and explained the procedure fully (abdominoplasty) and all associated risks and possible complications. I went back home with all the information required to make an informed decision about that procedure.
Mr Quaba agreed to have another (telephone) consultation at my request to discuss an additional procedure (breast reduction & lift) and decided to have the 2 operations at the same time.

As soon as I arrived at the hospital, I knew I was in good hands and Mr Quaba made me feel relaxed and confident. My surgery went very well and I was very pleasantly surprised that it was not nearly as painful as I had expected and I was delighted to have no drains, nor did I have to wear compression garments.
After 2 very comfortable nights in the hospital with wonderful care, I was discharged to stay with friends until my checkup a week later. I was given phone numbers to call had I any worries or problems (which I didn’t) and then 6 months later I met Mr Quaba again for a follow-up appointment.
It was a very positive experience and if I felt I required any further procedures, Mr Quaba would be my 1st choice!

HelianAnne, Realself Oct 2018

Rhinoplasty – Best money I’ve ever spent!

I had septorhinoplasty in Sep 2018 because my nose was awful – squint, bulbous AND projecting. I would never let anyone take my photo and was extremely paranoid and unhappy with it. I’m now 5 months post surgery and I’m SO glad I did it. It was worth every penny. I am so much more confident in my appearance. I don’t run away from cameras anymore and my overall confidence is so much higher! There’s still quite a bit of swelling there but it already looks so much better, so I’m excited to see how it looks in another 6 months or so.

At my first consultation, Mr Quaba was great, I felt like he took my concerns seriously and he took the time to explain what could be done to improve the appearance of my nose.

I think one thing to bear in mind with rhinoplasty is that you see the final results a LONG time after the actual operation. The swelling isn’t obvious after a couple of weeks and most people won’t think you look strange, but it’s definitely there. My nose was enormous for a few days after the cast came off so I would definitely recommend taking 2 weeks off work if you can… unless you don’t mind walking around with a cast on and a massive nose, but I did!

Overall, great results and really pleasant experience with Mr Quaba and all of the staff at Spire hospital. No complaints whatsoever and I’m very happy with my surgery. Very highly recommended if you’re considering rhinoplasty :)

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