Plastic surgery recovery is a process, and how you heal will depend on many factors. Keep in mind that every patient is different, and your own experience will be unique.
At a glance, most facial procedures need at least 1 week of rest and, 2 weeks off strenuous activities. Some take longer than others, so it’s important to inform yourself.
To heal well, the most important things you can do are rest and eat well.
What to Expect Immediately After Surgery
First, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital on the day of your surgery. You may also need some help around the house. It’s a good idea to have someone helping with cooking and cleaning so you don’t over-exert yourself.
Even though you may feel well (which you likely will as a result of pain medication), you should rest. It’s important to follow the time frame in which your surgeon tells you to rest and recover.
It’s important to keep in mind that every operation is different and each patient is unique. Your expected healing time has a certain unpredictability – so always plan for extra time.
Swelling After Facial Surgery
Swelling is a common side effect of surgery. It’s one of the first indicators that your body is healing. The peak of your swelling will generally be obvious a few days after your operation. You can expect your face and neck to feel tight and you may find difficulty with normal facial movements. This is normal and will resolve with time.
In the days following surgery, avoid making any face, neck, or mouth movements. Elevating your head at all times is important too. This will help promote blood flow to your face, speed up healing, and reduce pressure in the area.
Dr Doyle's Recovery Tips - How to Speed Up Your Recovery After Surgery
Ask For /Accept Help
The first few days after surgery are crucial for your recovery. You need to take it easy and let your body heal. This means getting as much rest as possible and not overdoing it.
Wherever possible, minimise the number of tasks to do after your surgery. If you have young children or pets, make arrangements for someone to help take care of them for a week or two. Organise a cleaner and/or complete your household chores before surgery.
This will allow you to rest and not worry about errands while you are in your critical resting period. If someone offers to assist you, accept.
Eat Well and Keep Your Fluids Up
A healthy, balanced diet is essential for your recovery. Eating nutritious meals helps you heal faster and gives you the energy you need to get through each day. Consume foods like fresh fruit, vegetables and lean proteins. Avoid sugary or processed foods as these can delay recovery.
If someone cannot cook for you, prepare healthy meals ahead of schedule or order from a meal delivery service.
It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids. Drink at least 2 litres (8 cups) of water every day. You can also include other drinks such as herbal tea, fruit juice, and soup.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can interfere with your medication and hinder your recovery.
Keep Your Surgeon’s Instructions Handy
Whether you’re having a face lift, rhinoplasty, or another type of facial surgery, be sure to keep your post-op instructions handy. These will include things like:
- how to care for your surgical sites
- how long & how often to wear your garment
- how to sleep after surgery
- what medications to take, and
- when you can return to normal activities.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call Dr Doyle. You will have a team of professionals available to support you as you recover.
Attend All Scheduled Appointments
It’s important that you attend your post-operative appointments. These appointments allow Dr Doyle to track your recovery, assess your results, and answer any questions you may have.
They’re also a good time to talk about how your recovery is going. Here, you can ask when you might be able to start doing more things, like exercise. If you’re having trouble getting to your appointments, ask a friend or family member for help.
Incorporate Light Movement into Your Recovery
Resting after surgery doesn’t mean becoming sedentary. In fact, it’s beneficial to have light movement such as walking around the house or outside. This promotes healthy circulation and can actually reduce swelling of your surgical site.
Start with short walks around your home and gradually increase the distance as you feel more comfortable. Once you’re feeling up for it, you can even try some gentle exercises like stretching.
Be sure to listen to your body and take things slow. If you start to feel pain, stop what you are doing and rest. Always check with Dr Doyle before introducing any type of strenuous movement.
Avoid Smoking and Vaping
You should have stopped smoking 6 weeks before your surgery. Please do not start again until you have healed completely. Nicotine can slow down the healing process, so it is best to avoid it altogether.
Finally, Be Patient with Your Recovery
Remember that every surgery and every person is different. You will heal at your own pace so try not to compare yourself to others. Some people feel great after a few weeks while others take a little longer.
The most important thing is to follow your surgeon’s instructions and take things slow. With time, you will start to feel like yourself again.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr Doyle’s team.
Recovery After Surgery FAQs
The level of pain you experience will depend on the type of surgery you had. Most people report feeling some discomfort in the first few days after surgery. This is normal and is well managed with pain medication.
Most people take about 2-6 weeks to recover from surgery. Yet, this can vary depending on the type of surgery you had and your individual healing process.
This depends on the type of surgery you had and how you’re feeling. In general, people take about 2 weeks off from work after facial surgery.
There are a few things you can do to speed up healing after surgery. These include following your post-op instructions, eating a healthy diet and resting.
You should also be sure to attend all your scheduled postoperative appointments.
As with any surgery, there are certain risks associated with plastic surgery. These include bleeding, infection, blood clots and reaction to anesthesia.
Most people experience minor side effects such as swelling and bruising after their procedure. These are normal and will subside with time.
Ready to Start Your Journey?
Now that you have researched your surgery in detail and feel confident in moving forward, the next step is to book a consultation with Dr Doyle.
During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and concerns. Dr Doyle will also assess your medical history and current health to ensure that surgery is right for you.
If you’d like to learn more about your surgical options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle today.
About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience. He specialises in face lift surgery in Gold Coast and Brisbane, and also offers a range of body and breast procedures.
Dr Doyle is a fully qualified Doctor and surgeon. He has completed all required training to be a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and is driven by an committed to providing excellent standards of care.
Do Your Research
- Read the Website and Blogs relevant to your procedure
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions
- Learn about the Risks and Complications of Surgery
- Download our Plastic Surgery Guides
- Browse Dr Doyle’s YouTube Channel
What to Bring to Your Plastic Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative for support and discussion regarding your choices
- Take notes and read all provided information thoroughly
- Read about what to expect in your Initial Surgery Consultation
Book Your Plastic Surgery Consultation
- Get a Referral from your GP or specialist – this is required to book a consultation with Dr. Doyle.
- Email us or call on 07 5598 0988 to arrange your consultation appointment.
- Pay your $285 Consultation Fee in advance to secure your consultation.
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*DISCLAIMER: All information on Dr Mark Doyle website is general and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Results can vary significantly and depend on individual patient circumstances. All images on this website, unless specified as real patient images, are stock images used for illustrative purposes only. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your surgeon. Book a consult for details regarding your cosmetic surgery procedure.
Dr. Mark Doyle AHPRA Registration: Dr Mark Doyle MED0001375519 Specialist Plastic Surgery – MBBS FRACS FRCS