Post-Operative Care Guide

Post-Operative Care Guide – Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Melbourne VIC

Download the Coco Ruby Post-Op Care Recovery Guide Booklet 2022

This page contains the specific patient instructions found in our Post Operative Care Guide for patients having cosmetic plastic surgery. It is general in nature and does NOT constitute medical advice for others.

Post Operative Recovery after Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

It is important that you rest and take proper care of yourself in the early stages of your recovery to ensure you have the best chance of a comfortable and speedy healing period. Rushing through the early phases of your recovery could have a negative impact on your scar healing process and pain levels, and you could also find yourself having to visit our rooms more frequently than expected.

  • Wearing the appropriate support garments you have been provided with is essential for your recovery. As advised by your Surgeon, remember to wear your garments as much as possible, especially during the early stages of recovery.
  • As you start to feel better throughout your recovery you may find you automatically begin to increase your activity levels. Whilst this may seem reasonable, you must also remember to take it slow and allow yourself time to heal properly.
  • As your day to day life picks back up, you will need to look after the parts of your body or face where surgery has been performed. In particular, be mindful of the areas of your body that are healing, especially when you return to work, child care, household responsibilities and other daily activities.
  • If you experience any mild discomfort or muscle pain, it may be helpful to take Panadol to allow the tissues in your body to relax, as they will still be inflamed throughout the weeks following your surgery. After you have had several weeks off and have relaxed from your daily activities, it makes sense that when you start to do more, your body will respond slower than usual. Take it easy!  Don’t be too hard on yourself!

Stop Smoking! – You MUST NOT Smoke – especially during the recovery period after Surgery

You need to stop smoking completely to decrease the chances of any post-surgery complications.

Just cutting down smoking in the weeks before surgery does NOT appear to reduce the risk of wound or lung complications. You must cease smoking completely – no nicotine – vaping, patches or cigarettes.

You will need at least TWO weeks before and SIX weeks after surgery without any form of nicotine.

Smoking immediately before and after surgery is known to have a negative impact on:

  • Blood Clots
  • Breathing
  • Infection
  • Skin and Wound Healing
  • How your body breaks down certain drugs

If you smoke there is a high chance of not healing properly, as well as, potentially a complete wound breakdown. This can cause your tissue to die, the wound to open up leaving a deep cavity that must be packed, resulting in not only delayed healing but also unsightly scars. You will be off work for many weeks or months if that happens. PLEASE don’t Smoke!

Post-Surgery Aftercare Instructions and FAQs

Changing your medical tapes

  • You will need to change your tapes once or twice a week for the first eight weeks following your surgery.
  • Take the tapes off before you have a shower and gently wash the incision area with soap or gentle body wash.
  • Pat the area dry with a clean towel and place fresh tape over your scar.
  • Be sure you do not use any creams, lotions or antiseptics on or around the scar within the first 8 weeks unless prescribed by your Surgeon.

How long should I have my surgical tapes on for?

  • You will typically need to wear the tape for the first eight weeks following your surgery. Tapes help to reinforce the incision(s) when healing, leading to a better scar formation. It is recommended that you wear your tapes and take proper care when changing or readjusting them during the first eight weeks of recovery.

When will my scar treatment begin?

  • If treatment to your scars is required, it will typically begin when all scars are fully healed. It will usually take around 2-3 months following surgery for scars to heal properly. Scars often reaching maturity at 12 months. Your surgeon will help to decide on the best scar treatment for you, including Healite II Low-Level Light Therapy.

What do I do if my wound oozes?

  • Do not panic if your wound oozes. Remove the tape to air out the incision area and wash the wound well with warm water. If symptoms persist, contact our rooms on the number below.

Please call your surgeon directly or the rooms on (03) 8849 1444 if you experience the following:

  • Body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Cold sweats
  • Excessive Redness around the wound
  • Pus (yellow) thick, viscous
  • Marked increase in swelling since your last appointment
  • Visible stitches
  • Increased pain with little change to your routine

For advice for Coco Ruby patients during practice hours – please phone the rooms (03) 88491444 to speak to a nurse. After speaking to a nurse – you may need to take a photo and email the photo to

For After Hours Patient Support Phone 0419 575 280 – Strictly for use of Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery patients ONLY

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Exercise Within the First 6 Weeks

Be sure to wear your garments as you recover, even whilst exercising. Your dissolvable stitches begin dissolving in weeks three and four of your recovery period. If you over-stress and exert your body, your incision line scars will be the first indicator that you are rushing through your recovery. It is therefore advised to keep physical activity to a minimum within the first six weeks following surgery. If an exercise feels too heavy or painful then most likely it is too soon to be doing

Below are some gentle, low-intensity stretches you can try within the first six weeks of your recovery. However, remember to only do what feels comfortable for your body. Every patient recovers at a slightly different rate, therefore be sure to listen to your body and any advice from your Surgeon.

Shoulder Rolls

  • Begin by standing or sitting with your shoulders relaxed.
  • Place your hands at your sides if standing, or on your hips and thighs if you’re sitting down, whichever feels more comfortable; this is your starting position.
  • Take a deep breath in and whilst you are exhaling, begin to roll your shoulders upwards in a circular motion towards your back and around to your front.
  • Once you have done a full circle, relax your shoulders and begin again in the opposite direction. Repeat this exercise five times.

Extended Arm Circles

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your arms extended straight out to the sides at shoulder height.
  • Keep your shoulders down, gently move your arms in small backward circles. Change your direction and move your arms in small forward circles. Repeat this 20 times in each direction.

Overhead Arm Stretches

  • Put your right arm over your head and drop your hand so it is sitting over your left ear.
  • With your left hand, grasp your right elbow that is above your head and gently pull your elbow to the left, over your head.
  • Hold this stretch and then swap arms.
  • Be sure to wear your garments as you recover, even whilst exercising.


  • For the first six weeks, keep strenuous activity to a minimum.
  • Week 1 Walk every second or third day for 15 minutes.
  • By week 2 you can walk every second day for 25 minutes.
  • Week 3 The week you go back to work, walk every third day for 30 minutes.
  • Week 4-6 Walk every second day.


  • Wait until the end of the second week after your surgery to go outside for a walk.

For the first six weeks post-operative care, keep strenuous activity to a minimum.

Week 1-2 – No exercise/walking outside.

Week 3-6 – Walk every third or fourth day. If all is going well you may like to incorporate gentle squats, lunges or use of a stationary bike into your routine at this stage of your recovery. The week you go back to work, walk every third day or a maximum of 25 minutes.

Week 12 – Avoid heavy abdomen work or core exercises until after 12 weeks.

Facial Surgery including Rhinoplasty and Blepharoplasty

You are encouraged to walk within the first six weeks, gradually increasing your distance and pace. Please avoid high-intensity physical activity as you do not want to increase excessive blood flow to your face.

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Exercise eight weeks after Surgery

You can begin to pick up the pace of your exercise at the eight-week mark of your recovery period.

It is essential, however, to ensure that you ease into it and listen to your body. Don’t over do it!

  • Remember to gradually build yourself up in stages until you are back to your normal routine.
  • Be sure to inform your trainer of your surgery so that they can adjust your routine accordingly to avoid any injuries.
  • Give your muscles time to recover by resting for three days if you feel sore.

Liposuction to Abdomen and Abdominoplasty

  • Please hold off on heavy abdominal and core work for the first 12 weeks.
  • Be sure to also wear your abdominal garment(s) for the first 12 weeks.

Breast Surgery

  • Ensure you wear a highly supportive sports bra that helps to keep your breasts firm and tight!

You can begin to incorporate the following activities during the below stages of your recovery period:

Exercising Weeks 8-9

  • Run every second day at half pace or half your usual distance.
  • Continue squats, lunges and calf raises.
  • Spin classes.
  • Pilates.
  • Swimming at half your usual pace or distance.

Exercising Weeks 10-12

  • Cross trainer
  • Skipping
  • Body Pump
  • Body Attack

Exercising Week 13 onwards

  • Sit-ups
  • Core Strengthening
  • Push-ups
  • Push-ups may feel rather strange, so ensure you start with low and shallow repetitions.
  • Try leaning on a bench to keep a more vertical position to avoid straining yourself, and gradually work into a deeper push up.

Advice and Guidance for wearing Garments post-surgery 

Face Lift and Neck Lift

For the first two weeks whilst you are recovering at home, be sure to wear your facial strap at all times, day and night. This helps to control and minimise swelling.

Rhinoplasty / Nose Surgery

Your splint should remain in place for seven days, at which time an appointment will be arranged for you to return for a further consultation where you will have the bandaging removed. You will need to continue to wear tape on your nose for the following five days.

Breast Augmentation, Mastopexy (Lift) and Reduction

  • For the first three weeks following your procedure, be sure to wear your comfort bra to bed.
  • During the day, wear your fitted Sports Bra, although if you have a special occasion, you may wear what you like.
  • As much as possible, stay wire-free for at least three months.

Brachioplasty – Arm Lift Surgery

  • You will have been fitted with a sleeved vest which you are recommended to wear for six weeks following your Surgery.
  • Ensure that you wear your vest both day and night for the first three weeks of your recovery period. You can opt to wear your vest during the day only for the final three weeks of recovery.
  • If you would like a second garment, you are welcome to be re-measured and re-fitted at your own expense.


  • You will have been fitted with a garment for your area of treatment which you are to wear for the first six weeks or longer if advised by your Surgeon.
  • Ensure that you wear your fitted garment both day and night for the first three weeks.
  • You may wear your fitted garment during the day time only for the final three weeks.
  • If you would like a second garment, you are welcome to be remeasured and refitted at your expense.

Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

  • For the first three weeks after surgery, be sure to wear your abdominal garment both day and night.
  • You can wear your abdominal garment during the day time only for the following three weeks of your recovery period, with a total of six weeks wear.

Dealing with Hypersensitivity – Breast Skin, Nipples and Abdominal Areas

Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Patients

If you begin to feel it is difficult to wear clothing over your nipples, breasts or abdomen, this is a likely sign your nerves are beginning to repair. You may experience a tingling sensation that is difficult to treat with medication. This feeling is often due to nerves being overstretched or overworked during surgery. It is a good sign, but can sometimes feel uncomfortable.

The best thing to do is gently massage the breast skin, nipple or abdomen with your hand. This will stimulate nerve sensation and help to restore comfort to those areas. It may be difficult during the first few days, but it is best to persevere, as it will often settle within a short period of time. Be sure to keep your Surgeon and Surgical Team informed of any concerns or questions you have during our healing period.

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Bra specialists, we recommend

She Science – Sports Bra Fitting Specialists – (03) 9817 6641

  • Active Feet, 161 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3123

Betty McDowell  Bra and Garment Fitting Specialist (03) 9530 6626

  • 331 Bay Street Brighton VIC 3186

Kitty K – Bra and Garment Fitting Specialists (03) 9521 3100

  • 536 Malvern Road Hawksburn Village Prahran VIC 3181

For Further Information beyond the Post Operative Care Guide

Read the Blog on Best Bras in Melbourne and Sydney

Read the Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips Page

Blogs on Recovery tips for different Plastic Surgery Procedures

Download the Guide to Recovery after Plastic Surgery

Recovering After Plastic Surgery Download

If you are trying to find out what to expect from Plastic Surgery recovery? Read this helpful guide today.

Coco Ruby’s Specialist Plastic and ENT Surgeons

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.