cosmetic surgery recovery

Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Times

These days, thanks to the technological advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery, getting a little nip and tuck has become much easier, much more accurate to your desired appearance, and with speedier recovery times. Some of the most common procedures include lipoplasties, mammoplasties, rhinoplasties, and abdominoplasties. 

Four Most Common Cosmetic Surgeries And Their Recovery Times

These days, thanks to the technological advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery, getting a little nip and tuck has become much easier, much more accurate to your desired appearance, and with speedier recovery times. Some of the most common procedures include lipoplasties, mammoplasties, rhinoplasties, and abdominoplasties. In this article, we’ll carefully explain each of these surgeries – along with their meaning, results, techniques, and most importantly, useful tips to assist in a smoother and healthier recovery.

Liposuction

Arguably, one of the most common type of cosmetic surgery is the lipoplasty. First conducted in the 1980s, this procedure also known as liposuction, removes fat from the human body with the objective of reshaping and contouring it. Usually, it’s performed in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms. It requires some form of anesthesia – either general, regional, or local. By applying negative pressure in the area, the fat is suctioned out of the body.  Average recovery times vary between two days and two weeks, depending on the amount of fat removed. For better results, feel free to use over-the-counter pain medication and once all the bruising and swelling fades away, adopt an active and healthy lifestyle – exercise regularly and maintain a nutritional diet.

Breast Augmentation

Next on our list comes breast augmentation or mammoplasty. This surgery primarily serves two purposes – enhancing the natural breast size and overall appearance, and the reconstruction required after a mastectomy (a partial or total removal of the breast, normally due to cancer). There are two types of implants – saline, and silicone-filled pockets. These implants are slipped in between the breast tissue and the chest muscle, or in between the chest muscle and the chest wall. Depending on which procedure is done the average recovery time varies – the latter takes more time to settle. The scars commonly heal in six weeks and completely fade away in several months. For optimal recovery, do not resume any sports or gym workouts for six weeks, exercise your arms by flexing and moving them around, and take analgesic medication.

Rhinoplasty

One cosmetic surgery with virtually endless possibilities is the rhinoplasty. Plastic surgeons will normally have a software that will show you the final results in just a few minutes, so you can model and reshape your nose in countless combinations without even stepping into the operating room. Once that’s settled, the surgeon will remove, correct, and align the nasal framework according to the 3D model, and secure the nose by immobilizing it with a stent. This procedure has one of the speediest recoveries. You can resume your daily tasks in just a couple of days – as long as you remain indoors during the first week. The only safety measure is that you take prescribed antibiotics and analgesics as needed.

Tummy Tuck

Last, but not least, we have the abdominoplasty – more commonly known as the “tummy tuck.” This procedure is very common after extreme weight loss and also after pregnancies. It reaffirms and tightens the abdominal area by removing extra skin and fat. While a full recovery can take up to six months, patients usually heal anywhere between one to four weeks. Much like with lipoplasties, a compression garment is strongly advised to reshape the abdominal area. For the best rehabilitation, avoid lifting heavy weights or smoking cigarettes until your scars are fully healed, and you should be just fine.