Plastic surgery recovery is usually as much of a concern for patients as the procedure itself. Proper recovery is important in ensuring optimal results from your surgery, and knowing what to expect can help make the recovery process easier.

Pain is typically the main concern for plastic surgery patients. Surgeries that involve tightening of the muscles or stretching of the skin are known to cause the worst discomfort. Patients are usually prescribed medications to help manage the pain, and filling your prescription prior to surgery is highly recommended. Check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines, because aspirin and anti-inflammatory medicines can interfere with the medication your doctor prescribes.

Most patients should also expect to experience bruising and swelling in the first stages of their plastic surgery recovery. Your doctor may provide protective garments to help alleviate swelling, and he or she can also advise you on using hot and cold compresses, which can help with pain management as well.  Once pain and swelling begin to subside, most patients can return to work and resume regular activities within one to two weeks.  Depending on the procedure, you may have to wait anywhere between four weeks and two months before resuming exercise and other strenuous activity.

Be sure to meet with your plastic surgeon prior to your procedure to learn more about what to expect during plastic surgery recovery.

If you live in Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, or anywhere else in Florida and are considering plastic surgery, but have concerns about recovery, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery today at 888-840-3199. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation with our Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald.