How long does it take to get over cosmetic surgery?

Surgery, even day surgery, is not a minor event.

Going home the same day can make some people think they are going to be physically fit immediately and they don’t expect to feel weak or tired, but the effects of anaesthesia can take a few days to wear off.

Most patients usually return to work after one to two weeks, and come back for a review of their healing after six weeks.

The recovery time will differ depending on the scale and complexity of the procedure undertaken, and it is important to note that there is a difference between being back on your feet and complete recovery. See below for a few examples;

Following a facelift procedure by Dr.Hodgkinson, a patient will be presentable (with make-up) two weeks after a face-lift, but full recovery can take up to six months.

With a breast reduction, most of the swelling will disappear within two weeks, but it could be up to nine months before you’re back to normal.

After liposuction surgery, you have to spend several weeks wearing very tight bandages over the areas treated. This can be hot and uncomfortable – it may even affect everyday activities. You should also refrain from any sporting activities for at least two to three weeks.

Laser peels and dermabrasion require the most dedication. Your face will have been stripped of its top layers of skin and you will be left with a bright red, oozing face. You have to clean the skin to remove any scabs and re-apply special burn cream many times during the day and night.

Darryl Hodgkinson

About The Author - Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both cosmetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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