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Recovery Time For Plastic Surgery Procedures

Woman in a makeup looking through the window with the city in the background, portrayed during recovery time after plastic surgery procedure

One of the most common concerns for patients considering plastic surgery is the
downtime associated with the procedures. This downtime varies not only between
different surgeries but also among individual patients. Factors such as the nature of
one’s job, whether it involves physical activity or can be done remotely, play a
significant role in determining the recovery time. For instance, the recovery time for
a teacher or flight attendant may differ from that of an accountant. Recovery time for plastic surgery procedures differs by procedure, patient, and by the type of occupation.
Here are some general guidelines:

Botox/Dysport, Dermal Fillers

Botox and Dysport are used to treat fine lines on the
forehead and around the eyes, while fillers address volume loss in the cheeks and
deep folds. These minimally invasive procedures typically have little to no downtime.
Botox and Dysport start to relax wrinkles within 3-4 days.  The effects of fillers are
immediate, although bruising may occur. Any bruising can usually be concealed with
makeup and typically lasts only a few days.

Facelift and Neck Lifts

Facelifts and neck lifts can effectively take years off one’s
appearance. Patients can usually resume normal activities by their second week, and
by the third to fourth week, they often look significantly rejuvenated.

Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, involves reshaping or straightening the nose.
The primary factors influencing the return to work after rhinoplasty are the presence
of a splint and any bruising around the eyes. The splint is typically removed within a
week and bruising usually subsides within 10-14 days.

Breast Lift
A breast lift procedure restores the perkiness of the breasts. Since the
incisions are concealed under clothing, patients can often return to work within a
couple of days. However, if a patient undergoes a breast implant procedure
simultaneously, the recovery time may be slightly longer.  Patients with physically
demanding jobs, such as those requiring overhead reaching, may need to take a
week to two weeks off work.

Also known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty involves removing
excess skin from the abdomen. Recovery time for abdominoplasty is typically longer
compared to other procedures, with patients requiring 1-2 weeks off work. Patients
usually begin resuming their pre-surgery activities, such as yoga and running, at
around 6-8 weeks post-surgery.

Liposuction is a procedure aimed at removing excess fat from various
areas of the body. The recovery time depends on the volume of fat removed.
Patients usually spend a couple of days at home before venturing out. While neck
liposuction patients may return to work the next day, those undergoing whole-body
liposuction may need to take 1-2 weeks off work.

Gynecomastia Surgery
This procedure, aimed at removing abnormal breast
development in males, often yields high satisfaction rates. Patients can often return
to work within a couple of days, although the need to wear compression garments
over the surgical site to prevent swelling may affect the timing.

Eyelid Lift
Also known as blepharoplasty, patients who work from home can often
return to work within 2-3 days following the procedure.

In summary, understanding that recovery time for plastic surgery procedures differs
by procedure, patient, and whether a patient can work from home, has a desk job, or
a physically more demanding occupation.


Your can read this article by Dr. Domanski, and more in Your Health Magazine.

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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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