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Before and After Plastic Surgery (What to Know)

Are you considering plastic surgery? If so, you might be wondering about the side effects or recovery period associated with your procedure. However, don’t let the fear of a lengthy recovery period dissuade you from getting a treatment that will improve your quality of life! Below, we’ll explore everything you need to know about plastic surgery recovery so you can plan accordingly.

Is plastic surgery painful?

The first thing to understand about plastic surgery is that the procedure itself is not painful at all. Thanks to modern anesthetic techniques, you’ll be completely oblivious to pain or discomfort during surgery. In fact, in most cases, you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure. The only pain associated with plastic surgery comes during the recovery period.

How long does plastic surgery recovery last?

The length of the recovery period following plastic surgery will depend largely on the type of surgery performed. Patients who undergo minor surgeries may experience a full recovery within a month or two, while more extensive surgeries can involve recovery periods as long as 6 months. In any case, it’s important to remember that the bulk of the recovery process occurs in the first few weeks. Most patients begin returning to their normal activities while healing through the tail end of their recovery process.

What surgery has the longest recovery time?

The surgeries with the longest recovery times are those that involve large areas or multiple areas of the body. For example, body lift and mommy makeover procedures each combine multiple surgeries into one treatment session. Therefore, they often require a longer recovery time as multiple areas of the body must heal from major surgery.

How long does it take for the body to heal from surgery?

The healing process after surgery varies depending on multiple factors. First, the type of surgery performed. When large or multiple treatment areas are involved, the healing process will be longer. Furthermore, your personal health and ability to manage your recovery can also play a large role. Patients who continue to eat healthy foods, stay hydrated and make an effort to walk and stay active during their recovery (when appropriate) will experience a faster recovery process. Similarly, following the recovery and pain management tips we provide can accelerate the recovery process.

How long does it take to recover from facial plastic surgery?

Generally, facial plastic surgery has a shorter recovery period than breast and body sculpting surgeries. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities approximately two weeks after facial plastic surgery. However, facial plastic surgery can cause swelling that is more visible than the side effects of body sculpting surgeries. These effects can persist for months after surgery, so while you may be able to resume normal activities soon after treatment, keep in mind that you may not experience your final results until months later.

Contact us today to learn more about what you can expect from plastic surgery at Port City Plastic Surgery.


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