Facial Plastic Surgery: How Much Time to Take Off from Work?
By Dr. Fredric Newman on January 06, 2017
Patients can trust in the team at our Darien cosmetic plastic surgery practice. We offer advanced anti-aging and wrinkle reduction procedures, including advanced facial cosmetic surgery. These procedures can help you look years younger and more invigorated.
These surgeries are effective, but it's important that patients commit themselves to resting and recovery for the best results. With that in mind, let's consider why taking time off from work is so crucial for patients.
Your Focus Should Be on Rest and Recovery
After undergoing any kind of surgery, your focus should always be on rest. By resting properly and fully, you can help prevent a number of serious side effects and complications from occurring. This is one of many reasons why patients are instructed to take time off from work following a plastic surgery procedure.
In addition to preventing complications and reducing the severity of side effects, taking time off from work allows patients time to have the swelling go down and for any bruising to fade. With facial plastic surgery procedures in particular, these cosmetic issues are quite noticeable while healing.
Time Off Work Depends on the Type of Surgery
As you might have suspected, the recovery time for facial plastic surgery patients can vary based on the procedure that was performed. In general, keep the following timelines in mind:
- Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – Roughly a week off from work
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) – Roughly one week off from work
- Facelift – Roughly a week to two weeks off from work
These are just general guidelines for recovery. Some patients may require more time depending on their experiences healing as well as the visibility of any bruising or scarring.
Easing Into Normal Working Duties
Keep in mind that just because you are back at work does not mean that you are able to do everything at your job that you were able to do prior to surgery. This is especially true of occupations that are physically demanding. With desk jobs, retail, office and admin work, and other comparatively light occupations, most duties can be performed as normal.
Be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions about regular job duties and when these can be resumed. You may still need a few more weeks to recover before lifting heavy objects, engaging in strenuous activities, and operating certain kinds of machinery.
Making Sure Wellness Is Your Priority
As you heal following surgery, be sure to follow all post-op instructions to the letter. These guidelines will help ensure you are in the best position to heal quickly and problem-free. In addition, patients are asked to attend all follow-up care visits as scheduled. This will allow us to monitor surgical healing and provide honest assessments about returning to work and what activities may need to be avoided for the time being.
Reach Out to use with Any Concerns
During healing, patients can reach out to us at any time if concerns arise. We will be more than happy to answer any questions and address any concerns as they arise. As patients heal, our goal is to ensure optimal results.
Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery
For more information about facial plastic surgery and how it can help you look your youngest and feel great about your appearance, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.
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