Aftercare & Recovery

Once surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. If you had an “outpatient” procedure performed, you will be permitted to go home after a short period of observation. If you have undergone a general anesthetic, you must have a caregiver assist you with daily activities continuously for the first 24 hours. If your procedure requires an overnight stay, you will be transported to an overnight observation room after initially waking up in the recovery area.

Short-term Recovery Options

Options for your short-term recovery after undergoing surgery include:

Home
When discharged, you will be released to the care of a responsible adult with safe, licensed transportation home. The adult must be competent enough to understand your recovery instructions, monitor your health and commit to stay with you at all times for a minimum of 24 hours after surgery.

Licensed Recovery Facility
You will be released to the care of a licensed post-surgical recovery facility where nurses or specially trained medical professionals will monitor your health and comfort until you are able to return home and take care of yourself.

Hotel or Spa
You may wish to recover at a hotel or spa location, where licensed healthcare professionals will monitor your recovery around the clock as recommended by your Aesthetic plastic surgeon.

Overnight Hospital Stay
An overnight hospital stay may be offered or recommended. In this case your surgery will be performed at the hospital where you will stay overnight. You will be released from the hospital to a capable caregiver to continue your recovery at home, or to a licensed recovery facility.

Recovery Expectations

Recovery from surgical procedures varies according to the procedure performed, as well as the individual on whom they are performed. For most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, you will need to restrict your normal activities for a period of time following surgery. It takes time as well for the visible signs of healing to occur. Plan your work and social activities to allow sufficient time for recovery.

During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of bruising, swelling and discomfort.

  • Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Remember that you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications as these will make your bruising worse, and could lead to bleeding.
  • Swelling is a normal response of your body after surgery, and keeping the operated region elevated will help reduce the swelling. Cool compresses can help relieve discomfort and decrease swelling, but should only be used as specified by your surgeon.
  • For most procedures, the first 2 to 3 days is when you will experience the most discomfort and you should expect to use oral pain medications on a scheduled basis. The discomfort level then rapidly decreases, and most patients can then reduce their medication to an as-needed basis by the 4th to 7th day after surgery. You will probably benefit from some medication at night to assist with sleep up to 10 days after the operation.

Please remember that the relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon. You will return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.