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How Long Are Plastic Surgery Recovery Times?

In our world of instant gratification, no one likes waiting. However, when it comes to plastic surgery procedures, patience is the key to a healthy recovery and optimal results, and the process cannot be rushed. Recovery is the most important process for excellent results.

At Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, our renowned plastic surgeons are here to guide you through all stages of your plastic surgery recovery.

Plastic Surgery Procedures

Though each patient will have a unique recovery experience, here are some recovery guidelines you can expect.

Facelift and Mini Facelift

Considered the “gold standard” of facial rejuvenation procedures, a facelift lifts and firms the face to address facial sagging and volume loss. Typically, patients can return to work in 10-14 days and resume normal activities after 4 weeks.

  • Bruising and swelling for 10-14 days
  • Sutures removed in 7-10 days
  • Final Results in 6 months

Blepharoplasty & Brow Lift

Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, improves the appearance of the eyelids by removing excess skin or fat deposits in the upper or lower eyelids. Typically, patients can return to work in 1 week and normal activities after 4 weeks. 

Often teamed with a blepharoplasty, brow lift surgery raises the eyebrows to a more youthful-looking position, reducing the appearance of hooded eyelids, sagging skin, and lines and wrinkles. Typically, patients can return to work in 10-14 days and normal activities in 4 weeks.

  • Remove sutures in 7-10 days
  • Bruising and swelling subside in 7-14 days
  • Final results in 6 months

Rhinoplasty

Whether for functional or cosmetic purposes, rhinoplasty, or nose job, has a lengthy healing process that requires patience. While initial bruising and swelling subside in 10-14 days, residual swelling may last up to a year. Typically, patients can return to work within a week and normal activities within 3 weeks.

  • Splint removal in 5-7 days
  • Final results in 1 year

Body Procedures

Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, shapes and contours the abdominal area by tightening stretched muscles and removing excess skin to restore a smoother, flatter appearance. Typically, patients can return to work and resume normal activities in 2-4 weeks; however, they must wear compression garments for 6-8 weeks.

  • Remove drains in 7-10 days
  • Bruising and swelling subside in 2-3 months
  • Final results in 4-6 months

Liposuction

Liposuction reshapes the body by removing excess fat from targeted areas. It addresses smaller deposits of fat, sculpting a leaner appearance. Most patients can return to work within 7-10 days and resume normal activities in a week; however, they must wear compression garments for 6 weeks.

  • Bruising and swelling subside in 4-6 weeks
  • Final Results in 6 months to 1 year

Mommy Makeover

Mommy makeovers consist of body rejuvenation procedures that are completed together with rather than as separate procedures. With a recovery period of 4-6 weeks, a mommy makeover can include:

BBL

Brazilian butt lift reshapes the buttocks and surrounding areas for a fuller, rounder appearance and more youthful-looking figure by transferring fat from locations of the body to the buttocks. Patients can return to work in 10-14 days but must refrain from sitting or lying on the buttocks for 2 weeks. Normal activities can be resumed in 8 weeks.

  • Final results in 6 months to a year

Breast Procedures

Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, & Breast Reduction

Whether patients are looking to enhance or reduce their breasts’ size, shape, or lift, the results take some time. Breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction patients can typically return to work within a week and resume exercise and other activities in 3-4 weeks.

  • Wear a surgical or sports bra for 4-8 weeks
  • Bruising and swelling subside over 2-3 months
  • Final Results in 4-12 months

Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center—Your Plastic Surgery Providers

Choosing the right provider is the first step to ensuring a healthy recovery. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center are committed to helping you through every step of your plastic surgery journey. We are prepared to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Are you ready to partner with Sarasota’s best plastic surgery providers? Contact us today to learn more!