Mar 04 2017

Getting Back to Work after Plastic Surgery

A woman with fine lines and wrinkles looking at her faceFacial plastic surgery is a great option for reversing the signs of aging or improving the balance of facial features, all of which can enhance your appearance. When preparing to undergo plastic surgery, it's important to plan for time to recover. This is especially important for people who work and need to arrange to take time off. The amount of time needed to recover will vary based on the type and amount of procedures performed. Some patients may need a few days off work, while others may need several weeks.

In order to know how long you will need before returning to work, it's best to speak to a plastic surgeon. For answers to your questions about getting back to work after plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Toms River, NJ plastic surgeon Michael Rosen.

Factors Affecting the Timeframe to Return to Work

Regardless of the type of plastic surgery performed, patients will need to plan time for recovery. A full recovery may take six weeks or more, but often, patients will be able to return to work sooner. Just how much time is needed to recover before going back to work will depend on a number of factors such as:

  • The type of procedure performed: Some plastic surgery procedures are more invasive than others, which will affect how much time is needed to recover. For example, many patients are able to return to work a few days after eyelid surgery, while several weeks are required when recovering from an extended tummy tuck.
  • Number of procedures performed: The more procedures performed at once can also increase the amount of time needed to take off from work after surgery.
  • The extent of surgery: Those who require extensive amounts of tissue to be removed, manipulated, or otherwise altered will need more time to recover.  
  • Personal healing times: Each patient is unique and will heal according to the body's own schedule.
  • Occupation: Those who work in a field that requires strenuous activity, like heavy lifting or manual labor, generally won't be able to get back to work as soon as someone who works in an office or place with only light duty.

How Long Should You Plan to Take Off from Work?

Getting back to work after plastic surgery may take a few days to several months. The best way to know how much time you will need to have off from work after surgery is to speak to your surgeon. Your surgeon will advise you on what to expect during recovery from your procedure and will take your lifestyle into account when determining a personalized timeframe. The following are some approximate timeframes for returning to work:

  • Eyelid surgery: 10 days
  • Facelift: Two weeks
  • Rhinoplasty: One week
  • Tummy tuck: Two weeks
  • Breast augmentation: Three to seven days
  • Liposuction: A few days to a couple of weeks depending on amount of fat removed

Tips for Getting Back to Work

Once you're recovered enough to return to work, it's important to continue to follow post-surgical instructions and listen to your body in order to avoid complications, such as reopening an incision. Although you may feel well enough to return to your normal activities, your body may still be healing. Gradually ease back into your work routine and avoid strenuous activity until otherwise advised by your surgeon.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information about getting back to work after plastic surgery, you're encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosen.

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