Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips

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Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips after Plastic Surgery in Australia

This page contains general Cosmetic Surgery Recovery tips and information in relation to having cosmetic plastic surgery. It 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 and Resources for patients

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

  • use the items provided in your RAPID RECOVERY PACK
  • remember that 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
  • don’t replace water intake with coffee or soft drinks – it’s not the same
  • rest adequately
  • but follow 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.

  • For breast augmentation patients, we recommend an overnight stay in hospital
  • For breast reduction patients we advise a 1 to 2-night stay
  • For tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) patients we advise a 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.

Smokers and obese patients generally take longer to recover and have a poorer final result.

  • For breast augmentation patients we recommend 1-2 weeks off work
  • For breast reduction, we suggest 1-2 weeks off work
  • For abdominoplasty or major body surgery around 3-4 weeks off work. (longer if your tummy 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 small 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?

exercise and breast surgery

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.

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.

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

Common Feelings and Emotions After Surgery

Can I speed up my recovery after cosmetic surgery? Plastic Surgery Tips and Recovery Guidelines.

Recovery after Breast Reduction Surgery (‘What’s normal recovery?’)

Recovery after Breast Augmentation Surgery with Breast Implants

Recovery after Abdominoplasty Surgery (Tummy Tuck Recovery)

Recovery after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty Recovery)

Surgery Guidelines for Cosmetic Surgery recovery include helpful tips compiled from the experiences of our care team, which supports leading Australia FRACS (Plas) Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and eyelid surgery experts (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. Attend a Monthly Patient Information Evening Event
  3. For more information about Pricing and Payment methods of your Surgery, please visit our page on Surgery Payments.
  4. You can also talk to a Patient Care Team to answer your questions from 8 am-6 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811

Our Specialist Plastic 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.

Coco Ruby Specilaist Plastic Surgeons

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, Dr Craig RubinsteinDr Geoff Barnett, Dr Rebecca Wyten and Dr Richard Sackelariou, and Dr Stephen Kleid, and Dr Rohit Kumar offer high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results.

Each Surgeon is fully qualified with current FRACS memberships and you should also consider these factors when searching for the best Plastic Surgeons in Melbourne. Also, when choosing a Plastic Surgeon word of mouth is always a great way to gain further knowledge.

Visit our FAQs page, learn more about your procedure or have a look at our Before and After Photos.

What to do next?

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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.