Taking Time Off Work After Plastic Surgery: What You Should Know

March 18, 2017 — by Stephen Hardy M.D.
Tags: Plastic Surgery Recovery

A woman resting in bedThe team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates believes in giving patients ample information about their surgical treatments. Whether a patient undergoes a facial plastic surgery procedure or a body contouring and sculpting surgery, they should understand what to expect before and after the work is done. This is what makes us a leader in aesthetic enhancement in the greater Missoula area.

With this in mind, we want to discuss the time off people will need from work after a plastic surgery procedure. Resting and recovery are crucial for great results, so these timelines and guidelines should prove helpful for your healing experience.

Recommended Time Off for Facial Rejuvenation Surgery

If you undergo a facial surgery, bruising and swelling are quite visible, which means that these symptoms need to be resolved before you return to your job. It's common to take the following amount of time off from work:

  • Brow Lift – 1 to 2 weeks off from work
  • Facelift – 2 weeks off from work
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) – 2 weeks off from work
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – 2 weeks off from work

Recommended Time Off for Body Contouring Surgery

For body contouring procedures, bruising and swelling is concealed, allowing you to return to work when the treatment areas have healed enough. The following time off work is common:

  • Liposuction – 1 week off from work

  • Brachioplasty (Arm Lift) – 2 weeks off from work
  • Thighplasty (Thigh Lift) – 2 weeks off from work
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) – 3 to 4 weeks off from work
  • Mommy Makeover – 3 to 4 weeks off from work
  • Body Lift – 3 to 4 weeks off from work

Recommended Time Off for Brest Enhancement Surgery

Like body contouring surgery, the bruising and swelling after breast enhancement is concealed by your clothes, allowing you to return to work once you are well enough. Taking the following times off from work is normal:

  • Breast Augmentation – 1 week off from work
  • Breast Lift – 1 week off from work
  • Breast Reduction – 1 week off from work
  • Male Breast Reduction – 1 week off from work

Extra Time May Be Needed Depending on Your Job

Certain jobs may require additional time off before you can come back to work. If you work in a physically demanding field, such as sports or construction, you may need to add another week or so to your recovery before you can do your normal duties at work. Similarly, if your occupation is in fashion, modeling, or any type of field that may involve certain types of clothing, you may want to consider additional time off for scars to fade and for visible side effects to fade.

Ease Back Into Regular Work Duties

As you return to work, be sure to ease back into your job duties. Do not push yourself too hard as this can have an adverse effect on your recovery. We can discuss these matters in greater detail during your consultation at the practice.

Contact Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates

For more information about recovering from surgery and when you can resume normal activities, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery center today. The team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates will offer ample information on the surgical recovery process.

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