After Surgery

Many patients who are considering plastic surgery have concerns regarding recovery times. The truth is, when it comes to recovery from plastic surgery, patience is key.

While recovery times vary from procedure to procedure, here are some things to know about your road to recovery from plastic surgery with Dr Anh. Please keep in mind that this is just a general guide and does not constitute medical advice. Please speak to a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Our tips to help your recovery

Before you go into surgery, Dr Anh will provide you with thorough post operative care instructions to take home. This will cover how to care for your wounds, which medications to take and when, warning signs to look out for and a timeline for any follow-up visits.

No matter what your surgery is for, it is critical to stay healthy during the healing process. Some of our tips for this include:

  • Eat well and drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay hydrated with water – try not to replace this with soft drinks or coffee
  • Ensure you get enough rest
  • Partake in gentle movements to prevent complications from being sedentary for too long
  • Never smoke before or after surgery
  • Avoid alcohol and other intoxicating substances

Again, Dr Anh will give you more detailed instructions before your procedure.

Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you can return home as soon as the anaesthesia wears off. However, depending on the surgery, some patients may need to spend some time in hospital. The length of your hospital stay will depend on how quickly you can recover.

For example, we recommend that our breast reduction patients stay in hospital for one to two nights. Our tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients usually have a two to three night stay. Dr Anh will give you a guide as to the length of your hospital stay during your initial consultation.

Again, your time off work will vary depending on a number of factors, such as your speed of recovery, your level of bruising, the type of work you do and the procedure you are receiving.

As a general guide, we recommend that breast surgery patients take one to two weeks off work. Abdominoplasty and other major body surgery patients my need to take around three to four weeks off work. Nose and facial surgery patients may be able to return to work sooner, however depending on the level of swelling and bruising, you may need to take two to three weeks of “social downtime”.

However, this all really depends on the activity level required in your work. For example, breast surgery patients may need two weeks for an office job, three weeks for a job where you are often on your feet, or four weeks for an active job. In fact, it may be up to you to decide when you are ready to return to work.

Keep in mind that there is always a risk of having surgical complications that may delay your return to work. Regardless, Dr Anh can provide you with a medical certificate to cover your time away from work.

Again, this varies from surgery to surgery and patient to patient. While Dr Anh usually encourages her patients to partake in some leisurely walking and light duties following their procedure, she will discuss in depth with you your preferred type of exercise during your consultation and give you an estimation as to when you can return to that activity. However, fitness enthusiasts should be aware that they may need to take 10 to 12 weeks off from heavy gym exercises.

What is my next step?

Our wonderful team is standing by ready to answer any questions you may have. You can send in an enquiry form below or give us a call on 1300 8-DRANH between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.