What Does a Plastic Surgery Nurse Do?
A Plastic Surgery Nurse, also known as an Aesthetic Nurse, specializes in nursing care related to reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. They assist plastic surgeons with a variety of procedures that can include cosmetic surgeries such as breast augmentations, liposuction, and facial surgeries, as well as reconstructive surgeries for patients who have suffered injuries or have congenital anomalies.
These nurses are responsible for preoperative patient education, assisting during the surgical procedure, and postoperative care, which includes monitoring for complications, managing pain, and providing wound care. They also often assist with non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox injections or laser treatments.
Plastic Surgery Nurses need to have a comprehensive understanding of surgical procedures, a keen eye for detail, and strong communication skills to explain complex surgical procedures and postoperative instructions to patients. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, and private plastic surgery practices.
Their role is crucial in ensuring that patients receive high-quality, compassionate care throughout their surgical experience, from initial consultation to full recovery.