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How Long Does It Take To Regain Skin Feeling After Surgery?

Numbness is a common side effect of plastic surgery, particularly at incision sites. But how long will it take to regain skin feeling after surgery? This article tells you what you need to know about post-surgical numbness.

Causes Of Numbness After Surgery

The most common cause is nerve damage due to the surgical procedure. During surgery, nerves can be stretched, compressed, or cut, leading to temporary or permanent numbness. Remaining still on the operating table for an extended time can also cause numbness due to compression of nerves and blood vessels.

Another cause of numbness is swelling and inflammation, which can pressure nerves. This can lead to temporary or permanent loss of sensation. Lastly, during surgery, anesthesia blocks nerve signals, leading to numbness in the affected area. The duration and severity of numbness can depend on the type and dose of anesthesia used.

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Treatment For Numbness After Surgery

The treatment for numbness after surgery depends on the cause and severity of the condition.

Complications Of Numbness After Surgery

Complications of numbness after surgery are uncommon, but you must be aware of potential issues. Numbness can make it more difficult to detect signs of infection, such as redness or warmth in the affected area. This can delay treatment and increase the risk of complications.

If numbness is caused by restricted blood flow, it may delay the healing process, increasing the risk of wound breakdown and infection. Prolonged numbness can sometimes lead to permanent changes in skin sensation, including hypersensitivity or decreased sensitivity, resulting in loss of function in the affected area.

When To Seek Medical Attention For Numbness After Surgery

If you experience any of the following, you should contact your surgeon.

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Home Remedies For Numbness After Surgery

It is essential to consult with your doctor or medical professional for proper evaluation and treatment of numbness after surgery.

However, some home remedies may help alleviate symptoms:

Staying in contact with your plastic surgeon during the recovery phase is crucial. By scheduling regular follow-up visits, your surgeon can keep track of your healing progress and attend to any worries you may have.

If you are considering plastic surgery, contact Millennial Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Shokrian will review the different procedure options and discuss how we can meet your aesthetic goals.

Page Updated on Mar 19, 2024 by Dr. Shokrian (Plastic Surgeon) of Millennial Plastic Surgery

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