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Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips

This page contains general Cosmetic Surgery Recovery tips, as well as, information in relation to having cosmetic plastic surgery. However, this information is general in nature and does NOT constitute medical advice. Be sure you follow the recommended post-operative instructions provided directly from your Surgeon and contact your Surgeon with any questions or concerns.

Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips after Plastic Surgery in Australia

Download the Cocoruby Post-op Recovery Guide

Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips and Resources for patients

1. Ask your Surgeon for their specific post-op guidelines and read the Cocoruby Post-op Recovery Guide.

  • Use the items provided in your Recovery Pack
  • Remember that BOTH surgery RECOVERY time frames and experiences will VARY from person to person
  • RISKS or COMPLICATIONS could delay your normal surgery recovery time estimates, so be patient

2. Remain healthy, calm and patient as you heal! Don’t do too much too soon and stay well-hydrated.

  • Eat well and drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay hydrated with water. In other words, don’t replace water intake with coffee or soft drinks, it’s not the same.
  • Rest adequately, whilst also following your surgeon’s advice on movement. Gentle movement helps prevent complications that arise from being too sedentary for long periods.
  • Take good care of your emotional well-being after having cosmetic surgery
  • Remind yourself WHY you wanted surgery performed
  • Recognise you may have fluctuating emotions at first
  • Never smoke before or after surgery
  • Avoid consuming intoxicating substances
  • Follow good nutritional advice and post-op exercise time frames (exercising heavily too soon can harm you or increase your scar formation)
  • Eat well, rest well and adopt healthy habits as you recover from cosmetic or plastic surgery.

3. Surgery Recovery Tips – Download and read the Guide e-Book

Review the Surgery Procedure Guide book and other materials from your Surgeon before and after you have surgery.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Recovery FAQs

How many nights should I spend in the hospital?

Your stay in hospital depends on how quickly you can recover which varies from patient to patient.

  • Breast Augmentation patients, generally stay overnight stay in hospital
  • Whereas, for Breast Reduction patients we advise a 1 to 2-night stay
  • Abdominoplasty patients usually stay for 2 to 3 nights

At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the length of your hospital stay and explain why a longer stay may be required for certain procedures or patients.

How much time will I need to be off work after surgery?

Each patient is different so your time off work will vary due to your speed of recovery, your level of bruising and pain and also on the type of work that you do.

  • Breast augmentation patients we recommend 1-2 weeks off work
  • Breast reduction, we suggest 1-2 weeks off work
  • Abdominoplasty or major body surgery around 3-4 weeks off work. However this will be longer if your stomach muscles have split due to pregnancy or obesity.
  • For nose and facial surgeries, depending on your swelling and bruising, your “social downtime” can be around 2-3 weeks

Your time off work really depends on the activity level in the type of work you do – for breast surgeries this can be 2 weeks for an office/desk job, 3 weeks for an ‘on your feet’ shop job or 4+ weeks for an active job.

It is often up to you to decide when you are ready to return to work.

Some General Guidelines for Estimating your Time off work

  • We advise that you do NOT drive or operate heavy equipment for a minimum of one week after having surgery with a general anaesthetic; ask your Surgeon for specifics in relation to your procedure.
  • There is always a risk of having a surgical complication and your return to work being delayed.
  • We can provide a confidential Medical Certificate for time off work.

When can I start exercising after my procedure?

This varies from patient to patient and surgery to surgery. Don’t try to do too much too soon.

We encourage leisurely walking and light duties following your procedure. At the time of your consultation, we will discuss the type of exercise that you would like to do and how soon you can return to the activity.

For fitness enthusiasts, this may mean 10-12 weeks before heavy gym exercise like weights, bouncing or running, sometimes longer.

More information and Blogs on recovery tips for different Plastic Surgery Procedures:

Surgery Guidelines for Cosmetic Surgery recovery include helpful tips compiled from the experiences of our care team, which supports leading Australia FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (shown below).

Unanswered Questions or want to know how to search for Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon Reviews (Melbourne, Australia, VIC)?

  1. Check out a bigger list of FAQs and information on the surgical process
  2. You can also talk to a Patient Care Team to answer your questions from 9 am-5 pm Monday – Friday on 03 8849 1400
Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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 - Friday.

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.

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