Plastic Surgery Recovery Time

 
Every plastic surgery procedure requires some downtime, though the length of recovery depends on the extent of the procedure. It is important to be patient during the healing process. All bodies are unique, and some people heal quicker than others.

The best way to ensure desired outcomes from your procedure is to be as healthy as possible before surgery. This entails following a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise, limiting caffeine and alcohol, and not smoking. Following your surgeon’s specific post-op instructions is also vital for an optimal outcome. This may include instructions on pain medication, physical activity, and cleaning incisions.

Recovery Time Considerations:

  • No matter the procedure, patients commonly need at least one week of recovery time. Take this into account when planning your surgery.
  • When planning on recovery time, schedule more than you think necessary. Since everyone’s body heals differently, this will allow you extra time if needed.
  • You will also need to take more recovery time if your job is a physically strenuous one.
  • Patients who are having plastic surgery of the face will experience bruising and swelling, which may be a concern when out in public. If so, you may want to plan healing time around specific social events.

Overall, having a realistic expectation for the outcome of your surgery is important. Be prepared to experience bruising and swelling after surgery, and take the required amount of time to heal. Over time, your incisions will heal, bruising and swelling will fade, and you will be left with your beautiful surgical results.

At the Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Ann Arbor, we offer pre-and post-operative care options to our patients to ensure the best surgical outcomes. This may include medically formulated skin products, camouflage makeup, or post-operative massage therapy. For more information regarding these treatments, contact us today at 734-712-2323.

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