9 Things You Must Have at Home After Plastic Surgery

Dr. Livingston will handle the surgical aspects of your cosmetic surgery procedure, but recovery, that’s on you. We’ll be here to support and guide you through the recovery process, but you’ll need to do the prep work to ensure a comfortable experience. 

As you get ready for surgery day, put these must-have items on your shopping list to enhance the healing process and ensure that recovery is as comfortable and successful as possible. 


It may sound like a life of luxury – having someone cook for you, do the laundry, and walk the dog, but it’s critical to have help at home after surgery, especially during the first few days. Help isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. 

As much as you may want to get back to your routine at home quickly, hit the brakes until you have the doctor’s orders. If you’re uncomfortable relying on friends and family during this vulnerable period, seek out services that provide in-home nursing to help you around the house.  

Comfortable Clothing 

No one would ever call hospital attire fashionable. The reason is simple. These garments are designed for comfort and easy access, not style. After surgery, loose clothing is a must, especially when the surgery is performed anywhere on your torso like breast surgery or a tummy tuck

Buttons, zippers, and elastic will become your best friends, so stock up on comfort pieces that are easy to put on and take off. 

Filled Prescriptions

If your doctor writes you a prescription to use after surgery, you should pick it up the day before surgery and have it waiting for you at home upon arrival. Don’t get caught in a mad-rush to the pharmacy when you are feeling groggy or tired on the way back from surgery. 

Over-the-Counter Remedies 

Stock up your medicine cabinet. You should have a fiber additive at home to prevent constipation. This OTC remedy may be in the form of a liquid, pill, or drink additive. We also recommend over-the-counter pain medications to use after you no longer need prescription opioid pain medications.

Ice Packs

Applying ice to the treatment site will help keep the inflammation at bay. Have ice packs prepared in the freezer, either homemade or store-bought. Many of our patients swear by frozen peas. Follow your surgeon’s instructions as to how long and how often to apply them to the surgical area. 

Emergency Contact Information

Make sure you have the numbers for your surgeon visible in the areas you plan to spend time while recovering. Know how to contact them day or night in case of an emergency. We’re here for you throughout recovery, and when you need us, we want it to be easy to get in touch.  

Movies, Music, and Books 

To ease the humdrum of a monotonous recovery, make sure you have favorite videos, reading material, and music available and within arm’s reach. Recovery is the perfect excuse to watch that movie you have wanted to see, to read a book you’ve been dying to read, or to listen to your favorite sounds. It’s a great time to binge-watch Netflix as well. 

Incision Care Supplies 

If in-home incision care is necessary, make sure you have everything you need. If you need supplies at home, your surgeon will give you a list of must-needs in advance so you can prepare. 


Staying hydrated is critical after surgery. Not only does it help flush the medications you are using for post-surgical care, but it also makes it easier to manage discomfort, increases your energy, and decreases the risk of urinary infection. 

Bottoms up! Hydration is a must. 

If you are considering plastic or cosmetic surgery and would like more information about this procedure and its recovery, contact Dr. Christopher Livingston today to schedule a consultation. 281-501-1812