Plastic Surgery Recovery Time

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Since I don’t know which surgery you want to have, I cannot give you a specific answer. This is a very important conversation that I have with my patients because your recovery period is critical to obtaining optimum results. We custom tailor your instructions based upon your surgery, medical history, social and work requirements. This helps you plan best and provides you appropriate rule sets. Since your doctor cannot go home with you, you are solely responsible to precisely follow your post-surgery instructions.

These instructions could include various aspects, such as resting, not exercising, lifting or driving, taking or applying medication, wearing various garments, scheduled returns to the office, and other things essential to your best recovery and optimal results. I don’t recommend bed rest after surgery, but you may have certain restrictions for a short time after any procedure. After most surgeries I perform, you may climb stairs the same day and shower in 24 hours.

You probably should consider arranging for some assistance with your little ones, at least for a few days. It might help to have someone stay with you, or have your children stay with them.
Please don’t bend the rules during recovery or you could end up with an emergency bleed or other complications that could seriously impact your final results. Be patient with yourself. Remember that healing takes time and your ultimate results may not be evident for weeks, even months after surgery. Reviewing videos of patients at various stages of recovery may be helpful for you to see on my Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages, and my website.

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