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Epson Salt and Plastic Surgery Recovery

Woman relaxing in a bathtub with epsom salt post plastic surgery
Epson Salt  can help in recovery from your plastic surgery

Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a mineral compound that has been used for centuries for its therapeutic properties.   Each surgeon will have specific instructions for when it is safe to get the incision wet or soak the incision.  Once it is safe to soak in a bathtub, here are some ways in which an Epsom salt bath can contribute to postoperative recovery:

Pain Relief:

Epsom salt baths may help alleviate postoperative pain and discomfort. The magnesium in Epsom salt is believed to have analgesic properties, helping to relax muscles and ease soreness. This can be particularly beneficial after surgeries that involve muscle manipulation such as breast augmentation or abdominoplasty.

Reduced Inflammation:

 The anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salt may assist in reducing swelling and inflammation associated with plastic surgery. This can be beneficial for promoting a more comfortable recovery and may contribute to faster healing after liposuction or body contouring.

Muscle Relaxation:

Epsom salt is known for its ability to promote muscle relaxation. After surgery, especially procedures that involve tension or manipulation of muscles, a warm Epsom salt bath can help relax muscles, reduce muscle spasms, and enhance overall comfort.

Improved Circulation:

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can improve blood circulation, which is essential for the healing process.  Increased blood flow to the surgical site helps deliver nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, promoting optimal healing and recovery.


Epsom salt is thought to have detoxifying properties, aiding in the removal of toxins from the body. While the scientific evidence supporting this claim is limited, some believe that a warm Epsom salt bath may help flush out impurities and support the body’s natural detoxification processes.

Relaxation and Stress Reduction:

Postoperative recovery can be physically and emotionally taxing. Epsom salt baths are known for their relaxing properties, helping to reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being. Relaxation is important for the overall recovery process.

Here’s how you can take an Epsom salt bath for postoperative recovery:

  1. Dissolve Epsom Salt: Add the recommended amount of Epsom salt to warm bathwater. The suggested concentration is typically one to two cups of Epsom salt per standard-sized bathtub.
  2. Soak for 15-20 Minutes:Immerse yourself in the Epsom salt bath and soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Ensure that the water is comfortably warm but not too hot.
  3. Relax: Take this time to relax, breathe deeply, and let the warm water and magnesium sulfate work their soothing effects.
  4. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water before and after the bath to stay hydrated, especially if you have undergone surgery.

Epson salt can help in your Plastic Surgery recovery.  However, t’s important to note that while Epsom salt baths can be a complementary aspect of postoperative care, they should not replace or supersede any specific instructions provided by your plastic surgeon. Always consult with your plastic surgeon before incorporating Epsom salt baths or any other postoperative care practices into your recovery routine.

Dr. Domanski
Curve Accent


Focusing on natural results, Dr. Domanski believes in helping patients regain control over their bodies.

Dr. Mark Domanski is a Double-Board certified Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Domanski is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

He has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine and DC Modern Luxury magazine. However, Dr. Domanski’s favorite accolade is his Most Compassionate Doctor award by Patient’s Choice.

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