I first remember the term R & R during the Vietnam war, when soldiers would leave the battle field for “Rest and Recuperation.” And, this term is now a part of our lexicon. However, when it comes to plastic surgery, I think of it as “Rest and Recovery.”
When I am talking with patients about surgery, it always seems that people are trying to rush the recovery process. And I understand this. We all lead busy lives, and it’s very hard to get enough time off from work to recover fully. But the recovery process is so important. Trying to get back into the swing of things before you are ready can sometimes cause your recovery to take longer. If there were ten commandments about surgery, I think one of them would be “Honor thy recovery.”
Rest is interesting, especially for athletes. People who work out regularly want to get back into their work outs as quickly as possible. But the one thing these people don’t get enough of is rest. Especially serious weight lifters. When do you get stronger? The day(s) after you lift as your muscles rebuild and repair. It is not uncommon for someone to come back stronger after a week or so out of lifting than they were before.
So, rest and recovery is good for you. And guess what, it’s good for me, too. And that’s why I’m going on vacation! With some time off with my wife and some good friends, and with different winds blowing through my hair, I will also rest and recover from what has been a busy time for our practice. I am looking forward to this, and I hope you have your own R and R this summer.
Back at you, soon.
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