Recuperating from a surgery is never an easy task and can sometimes be quite painful. When you go to a plastic surgeon, finding out how long the recuperation period is, is an important fact that you are going to want to know. Not only for personal benefit but because it also factors into how long you are going to be away from work and when you can expect to be better. The following lengths of time are estimates only and can vary depending on special circumstances. In most cases patients will require assistance for the first two days but are then able to take care of themselves for the remainder of the recuperation period.
*Eyelid Surgery – Usually can get around independently by the second day. With the use of sunglasses, may feel comfortable going to the store by day 3-4, and with makeup could return to work by 5-7 days.
Facelift Surgery – Usually can get around independently by the second day. Usually do not feel comfortable going out in public for 5-7 days. Requires 10-14 days before returning to work if in the public eye.
Breast Surgery – Usually can get around independently by the second day. May return to work at 5-7 days if not required to lift more than 15 pounds.
Liposuction-Usually can get around independently by the second day, earlier if smaller number of areas treated. One can return to work and normal activities in 5-7 days.
Abdominoplasty – Patients may take between 2-4 days before getting around independently. The recovery is almost identical to C-section. One can return to a desk job at 5-7 days, other jobs 10-14 days.*
Once again, the times above are merely estimates and averages based on completed procedures around the country.
*the information contained within the asterisks was taken from http://www.plasticsurgery.org/patients_consumers/ps_faqs/FAQ-What-is-recovery-from- plastic-surgery-like.cfm
Dr. Kim is a plastic surgeon providing his expertise to the Beverly Hills area. For more information please visit Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery.