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How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?

The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days. Then most patients are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children to care for. The specific lengths of disability are outlined below by procedure. These are approximations, and do not include return to exercise.

Eyelid Surgery
Patients usually can get around independently by the second day. With the use of sunglasses, one may feel comfortable going to the store by day 3-4, and with makeup could return to work by 5-7 days.

Facelift Surgery
Patients usually can get around independently by the second day, but often 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
Patients usually can get around independently by the second day. One may return to work at 5-7 days if not required to lift more than 15 pounds.

Liposculpture
Patients usually can get around independently by the second day, earlier if a smaller number of areas were 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 a C-section. One can return to a desk job at 5-7 days, other jobs 10-14 days.

If you have any additional questions, please call Sessions Plastic Surgery Centre at 619.463.8878 or email us at info@sessionsplasticsurgery.com. You may also visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.