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Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips

This page contains general Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Recovery tips and information in relation to having surgery. However, please note that 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 also contact your Surgeon or the Coco Ruby team with any questions or concerns.

Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips and Resources for patients

1. Follow Your Surgeon’s Specific Post Op Instructions

  • Use the items provided in your RAPID RECOVERY PACK to help you heal.
  • 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.
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2. Remain Healthy and Calm as you Heal. Please avoid doing too much too soon and stay well hydrated.

  • Nutrition is vital – eat well. In other words avoid crash diets, fast food and food high in sodium.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated with water or tea.
  • 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 and recognise that you may have fluctuating emotions at first.
  • Avoid smoking before or after surgery – every day you don’t smoke, improves your results.
  • 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. Best Recovery Tips

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

FAQ’s about Recovery after Plastic Surgery

How many nights should I spend in Hospital?

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

  • Breast augmentation patients
    • We recommend an overnight stay in hospital for safety reasons
  • Breast reduction patients
    • we advise a 1 to 2-night stay.
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or combined/bigger surgery 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 off work will I need?

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

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

  • 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.
    • Longer if your tummy muscles have split due to pregnancy or obesity.
  • 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.

General Guidelines for returning to work after plastic surgery

  • 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 Cosmetic Plastic 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.

More recovery information on recovery 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 FRCS (Plas) Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and eyelid surgery experts (shown below).

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.

General Guidelines for returning to work after plastic surgery

  • 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 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery?

his 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.

Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs
FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
Dr Patrick Briggs consultation

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.