Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all for returning to work after a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure.
Among the short recoveries are:
- Chin augmentation
- Upper and lower eyelid surgery
- Otoplasty (protruding ears correction.)
- Some Neck Sculptures
- Cheek implants
- Nasal Surgery
Longer cosmetic plastic surgery recoveries include:
- Face and Neck lifts
- Chemical wrinkle remover
- Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)
(Look at some Chemical Wrinkle Remover Before & After Pictures.)
We don’t perform the following surgeries, but among the longer recovery procedures are breast reduction, tummy tuck and major liposuction. Breast augmentation and breast lift have shorter recoveries.
What’s a “short” recovery, you ask? Usually, within 10 days cosmetic plastic surgery patients can go back to work and continue with their normal actives, including light activity.
Longer procedures usually need two weeks before going back to work. But due to long incisions, your sports and workouts may be verboten for three weeks. Why? Imagine having breast reduction and then jogging, playing tennis or taking part in other sports involving a lot of bouncing. Recovering breast issue could suffer. Ditto Tummy Tuck. Put off active exercise for a total of three weeks.
Actually, most surgeons in cosmetic plastic surgery suggest to their patients walking, starting the day after surgery. That puts no stress on healing tissues involved in any of the above cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
Walking is relaxing, stimulates blood circulation and guards against constipation just after surgery. The use of pain killers – especially opioids – are likely to retard your colon function. Cosmetic plastic surgery specialists also fear blood clots in the leg. The best counter-measure? Getting up and moving about quickly after surgery.
So why go through all this while you’re working?
How you present yourself to your employers and his or her customers matters. Say, you are thinking about an upper eyelid lift because your eyelids are drooping over your eyeballs. People seeing you for the first time are likely to conclude you are sleepy and slow. If you also have under eye bags, the impression is often you are haggard and without energy.
The more practical among us know that looks count, even if you are aging more rapidly than you would like. Nonetheless, it’s still a good idea to look as vibrant and energetic as possible at work.