My Plastic Surgeon USA Main Page
The Source for Finding Plastic Surgeons
My Plastic Surgeon USA Main Quickmenu
Explore
Search for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
find your doctor today!
perform a search:
by state
by last name
by practice name
Plastic Surgery Financing
read our financing FAQ and apply online!
Forum
join other women in our active online community!
Learn
Ask an Expert
have a question? ask a board certified plastic surgeon now!
Plastic Surgery Blog
keep up to date with the very latest advances and news on our plastic surgery blog!
Procedures
click below to learn
more about:
Botox®
Breast Augmentation
Breast Lift
Breast Reduction
Eyelid Surgery
Facelift
Liposuction
Nose Surgery
Procedures for Men
Tummy Tuck
Article Finder
peruse past and current articles by keyword.
FAQ
a list of frequently asked questions answered by our doctors.
Newsletter
stay on top of the latest news in plastic surgery.
See Results
Before and After
Photo Gallery
take a look at others' results:
Abdominoplasty
Body Lift
Brachioplasty
Liposuction
Thigh Lift
Breast Augmentation
Breast Lift
Breast Reduction
Breast Revision
Gynecomastia
Blepharoplasty
Browlift
Facelift
Rhinoplasty
Success Stories
women who have been there tell their stories!
 
 
Articles


What You Need to Know About Plastic Surgeryś Before You Talk With a Doctor

Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery

article courtesy Eric Desman, M.D.

CLICK HERE to visit the website of Eric Desman, M.D.

When reviewing information about specific plastic surgery procedures, it is important to understand that the circumstances and experience of every individual are unique. If you are considering plastic surgery, please ask your plastic surgeon for further information about the particular procedure and what you can expect

What is the Recovery from Plastic Surgery Like? Will I be able to tolerate the pain post-operatively?

Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way, and we consider this. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative patients, and these help minimize discomfort. Most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post- operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation have discomfort frequently described as equal to that of a C-section.

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 - 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 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.

When can I resume regular exercise?

The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Further recommendations are based on the type of surgery performed. There will be some restrictions, and these are designed to help minimize the risk of complications. Some complications that can occur from over activity may include: bleeding, swelling, improper healing or scarring, seroma (fluid collections), and excessive pain.


More Articles

All MyPlasticSurgeonUSA.com Doctors are Board-Certified Physicians
Be sure to tell friends and family about MyPlasticSurgeonUSA.com!
My Plastic Surgeon USA is sponsored and made possible by the
plastic surgeons featured on this website.

MyPlasticSurgeonUSA.com is solely a provider of information.
If the information provided is used by the Internet user, said use is at that person's sole risk and discretion.
Please read the full Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions.

By Entering the My Plastic Surgeon USA Web Site, You are Agreeing to be bound by these Terms & Conditions.