Returning to Work After Plastic Surgery: A Guide for Patients By tmccall on February 12, 2017

A doctor discussing issues with a patientAt Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery, we make sure patients know what to expect before and after their surgery has been performed. It's this focus on wellness that makes us such a leader in cosmetic procedures in the greater Milwaukee area.

A number of patients who undergo body contouring and lift surgery have questions about returning to work and resuming their daily life. Let's take a moment to consider what it's like to return to work after undergoing a plastic surgery procedure and what you can expect.

How Much Time Should I Take Off from Work?

The amount of time you take off from your job will depend on the type of surgery that was performed. Below are some general guidelines for time off.

  • Liposuction – 1 week off from work
  • Breast Enhancement Procedures – 1 week off from work
  • Male Breast Reduction Surgery – 1 week off from work
  • Facelift Surgery – 2 weeks off from work
  • Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) – 2 weeks off from work
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – 2 weeks off from work
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – 3 to 4 weeks off from work
  • Body Lift Surgery – 3 to 4 weeks off from work

Be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions with regard to recovery, time off, and returning to your job.

What to Expect When You're Back at Your Job

As you get back to your job, it's important that you ease yourself back into your routine. Do not overexert yourself, and be sure to walk around a little bit during the day to promote circulation while healing. Walking just a big can help with healing and improve your ability to return to your normal job duties.

You May Not Be Able to Perform All Job Duties

If you have a physically demanding job, you may need to take additional time off from work in order to recover fully. Heavy lifting, strenuous physical activity, pushing objects around, and similar physical exertions can put your recovery at risk.

For occupations in which these kinds of activities are rare, you can hand off these duties to a co-worker and discuss your temporary limitations with your boss. In this case, you'll be back at work, but will delegate the physically demanding tasks to others.

For occupations that involve routine physical exertion and strenuous work, you should consider another week off from work or more. Your surgeon will provide you with a timeline and guidelines to consider.

Wellness Is Key: Take Things Slow

While back at your job, be sure to take things slow. Don't strain yourself, and be sure to note instances of pain and discomfort as they arise. If you should do anything that cause you to feel pain, cease that activity and avoid doing it until you feel well enough to do so. Don't feel shy to ask others for help at your job if it's necessary.

Attend Follow-Up Visits as Directed

As you heal from surgery, you will have a number of follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon. Be sure to attend all of these as scheduled. You'll learn more about your recovery progress as well as when you can resume various activities. If any concerns arise between these visits, feel free to contact your surgeon or the office staff. You'll get the answers and help you need in a timely fashion.

Learn More About Plastic Surgery Recovery

For more information about recovery and wellness after you undergo a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.

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Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

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