One of the most frequently asked questions about plastic surgery concerns the time it takes to recover from cosmetic procedures.
Many people think that cosmetic surgery will require them to take extended time off from work, or leave them recovering in bed for quite a while. In fact, you may be surprised to find the recovery times of many common cosmetic surgeries are much lower than you think.
For example, did you know that the general recovery time for breast augmentation or liposuction is just one week? If you’ve been considering improving your appearance through a cosmetic procedure, you may be pleased to hear this.
Today we’ll look at some of the most common types of plastic surgery and their recovery times.
Recommended Time Off for Plastic Surgery Procedures
All cosmetic procedures are different, as are all bodies. So your recovery will obviously be a very individual experience, depending on your age, fitness levels and overall health.
However, here are the average times patients take off from work to recover from plastic surgery procedures – both facial and body surgeries.
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
- Brow Lift – 1-2 weeks
- Facelift – 2 weeks
- Eyelid Surgery – 2 weeks
Cosmetic Surgery for the Body
- Brachioplasty (arm lift) – 1 week
- Liposuction – 1 week
- Tummy Tuck – 3-4 weeks
- Mommy Makeover – 3-4 weeks
- Body Lift – 3-4 weeks
Breast Plastic Surgery Procedures
- Breast Augmentation – 1 week
- Breast Lift – 1 week
- Breast Reduction – 1 week
- Gynecomastia (male chest reduction) – 1 week
Factors to Consider in Your Recovery
In addition to these estimated timeframes, we consider factoring in extra recovery time for facial plastic surgeries if you are someone who bruises easily.
Also, if you work a physically strenuous job, consider taking more time off to recover before returning to work, to ensure the best possible result.
The best approach to take to your recover is to allow more than enough time – if you do heal faster, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. However, if your body takes a little longer to recover from its procedure, you’ll have extra time off up your sleeve.
Feeling stressed out or worried about having to return to work or an active social life will not be beneficial for your recovery. Always talk to your cosmetic surgeon honestly about the time you’ve planned for your recovery. Your cosmetic clinic will be able to assist you throughout this period of time also.
Australia’s Leading Plastic Surgery Practice
If you’re interested in finding out more about common plastic surgery procedures, or would like to talk to a professional about expected recovery times, consider contacting the team at Australia Cosmetic Clinics.
Providing a holistic approach to cosmetic surgery, the friendly team of cosmetic surgeons and expert registered nurses are committed to quality and safety in every aspect of the customised treatment program we provide to our patients.
With Australia Cosmetic Clinics in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, ACC specialise in breast augmentation (breast implants), tummy tuck and mommy makeover surgery, buttock augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose job), breast lifts, breast reduction, liposuction, face lifts, eyelid surgery and more.
If you’re considering having liposuction, you’ll want to know exactly what the procedure involves and what will happen to your body afterwards.
One of the main concerns people have about liposuction is: what happens to the fat cells that are removed from the body?
There is a common misconception about liposuction that comes from a lack of information about the process. Some people believe that liposuction will cause them to gain weight in other areas, or simply re-gain the weight they initially lost from lipo once the fat cells “grow back.”
Let’s look at this myth about liposuction, to provide you with a clear idea of what the process involves and just what does happen to the fat cells that have been removed.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a very popular and effective way to treat “problem” areas – those stubborn areas of the body that aren’t responding to improved exercise or diet.
It’s a relatively simple surgical procedure that can provide patients with flatter stomachs, slimmer hips and thighs, and get rid of double chins, love handles and sagging upper arms.
What Can I Expect from My Liposuction Procedure?
Traditional liposuction removes fat from the body with suction.
In very basic terms, your cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision in the body area that is being treated, and insert a tube into the hole. Excess fat will then be removed from the “problem” area through suction.
Laser liposuction follows the same incision procedure, however it uses lasers to melt the fat cells before removing them.
Laser lipo has the benefit of using a narrower tube, which requires a much smaller incision. The use of a laser also causes blood vessels to immediately coagulate on contact, so there’s a lot less bleeding, bruising, swelling and recovery time.
Another advantage of using lasers for liposuction is that your surgery will only need to be performed under local anesthetic, rather than general, reducing the risk of complications and the level of invasiveness.
Will the Fat Cells that Have Been Removed Return?
This can be answered very simply – no.
The area which has been treated with liposuction will not gain weight again, because the fat cells have been removed.
Australia’s Leading Plastic Surgery Practice
To find out more about what you can expect from your liposuction procedure, it’s best to talk to a professional, qualified cosmetic surgeon. They can answer any questions you have about the process and how it works on the fat cells in your body.
Contact the team at Australia Cosmetic Clinics, Australia’s leading plastic surgery practice with clinics in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
ACC specialize in breast augmentation (breast implants), tummy tuck and mommy makeover surgery, buttock augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose job), breast lifts, breast reduction, liposuction, face lifts, eyelid surgery and more.
Providing a holistic approach to cosmetic surgery, the friendly team of cosmetic surgeons and expert registered nurses are committed to quality and safety in every aspect of the customized treatment program we provide to our patients.