The team at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery believes in proper post-surgical care. What happens after surgery is just as crucial as what happens during the procedure itself. There are so many things that patients can do to improve their healing times and recovery experience. That's why we always discuss these matters at our Scottsdale facial cosmetic surgery center.
Many patients have questions about work after their surgery is performed. Let's go over some basics about taking time off after surgery and then offer some timelines, guidelines, and advice for when you're back on the job.
Why Time Off Is So Important
Taking time off work is important for three primary, common sense reasons.
Gives Your Body Energy to Heal - By taking time off to rest, your body can save its energy and dedicate it to the healing process. Proper rest helps you heal faster.
Helps Prevent Complications - If you strain yourself or overexert yourself too soon after your surgery, you run the risk of experiencing complications, such as reopening incisions and infections. Resting and being away from work can help avoid these potentially severe complications from occurring.
Allows Bruising and Swelling to Fade - Bruising and swelling are common side effects after surgery. After facial surgeries, the bruising and swelling can be quite noticeable. Taking time off from work allows these visible side effects to fade so you don't feel self-conscious while out in public.
Amount of Time Off for Different Facial Surgeries
The following covers the usual amounts of time recommended for recovery after facial plastic surgery:
Brow Lift - 1 to 2 weeks off from work
Facial Liposuction - 1 to 2 weeks off from work
Facelift - 2 weeks off from work
Nose Job (Rhinoplasty) - 2 weeks off from work
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) - 2 weeks off from work
Additional Time Off May Be Necessary in Some Cases
If your line of work involves a lot of strenuous activity and physical exertion, it may be a good idea to take additional time off from work. This will help ensure that you fully heal and that risk of complications has passed before resuming major physical activities.
The same can be said of people who work in modeling or other professions in which their appearance is part of the job. Extra time off can allow swelling and other residual side effects to pass, allowing you to look as if no surgery was performed at all.
The amount of time needed off in these two different scenarios can vary from patient to patient.
Advice on Returning to Work
When you return to your job, you should take things slowly. If there are any job duties that may potentially affect your healing progress, be sure to avoid them and see if a co-worker can perform these tasks for you. If you're polite and reasonable about your requests with co-workers and supervisors, this should be just fine. Besides, it's only temporary.
As the weeks go by, you ought to be back to normal. Be sure to take things slow and to follow the post-op instructions of your surgeon.
Contact Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery
For more information about recovering from plastic surgery and how we can help you heal fast and free from complications, be sure to contact our advanced cosmetic plastic surgery center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.