What to Expect as You Recover from Plastic Surgery

The decision to have plastic surgery is an exciting one. You’ve done the research, found the right plastic surgeon, and booked your procedure. What happens afterward?

How Long Will It Take to Recover from My Surgery?

Your plastic surgery recovery time will vary depending on what you have done. Some common procedures such as breast augmentation and liposuction require about a week of major downtime.* Others, like a tummy tuck, can take longer.*

Will I Be Able to Get Up and Move Around?

Probably not at first. Most plastic surgery procedures will entail an initial recovery period during which you’ll have to rest and relax.* During this time, you won’t be able to drive or do many of your normal activities.*

Your plastic surgeon will tell you when you can begin to resume your regular routine.

When Can I Go Back to Work?

Depending on the procedure you have, you could be back at work in as little as a few days.* If your job is strenuous or involves heavy lifting, you may want to consider taking an extra few days off beyond the usual period.*

Will I Need Pain Meds?

You may want to use pain meds during the first part of your plastic surgery recovery time. Your plastic surgeon can prescribe medication to help you manage your pain and discomfort.* Resting and following aftercare instructions will also help to minimize pain.*

How Can I Prepare for My Recovery?

Get your home ready for your recuperation. Prepare meals ahead of time and make sure you’ll have enough help with household chores. It’s a good idea to make a detailed checklist so you don’t forget anything. Being a good surgical candidate in the first place is one of the most important things you can do to have a good recovery.*

*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.

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