How long will it take to recover from cosmetic surgery?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions during the cosmetic surgery consultations held by Leamington-based cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park. Unfortunately, it is also a question that is very hard to give a definitive answer to.

Although it is possible to give general guidelines about the healing process and its typical longevity, every patient is different and responds differently.

What is true, is that many cosmetic surgery patients are wholly focused on the results they are hoping to achieve and they don’t take into account how they will feel in the initial period directly after their surgical procedure and in the following weeks. As a result, they can often find it hard to cope with the recovery process. Mr Alan Park believes it is important to prepare his Leamington cosmetic surgery patients fully before they make the decision to go ahead with surgery.

The type of procedures affects recovery

Cosmetic procedures now range from minimally invasive non-surgical procedures to very invasive surgical procedures that target skin, fat, muscle or other tissues and may include the insertion of a foreign body such as a breast implant.

Non-surgical aesthetic procedures such as a very mild facial peel or a dermal filler injection, usually necessitate no downtime and patients can generally return to normal activities almost immediately. A plastic surgeon such as Warwickshire-based Mr Alan Park who offers the full range of surgical and non-surgical procedures is able to give you a clear idea of usual recovery times, which can be particularly helpful if you’re weighing up having a surgical or non-surgical procedure.

Preparation is key

During your Leamington consultation at Just Cosmetic Surgery Mr Alan Park will advise you on how best to prepare for your procedure to ensure you have the optimum recovery period. Get lots of rest and look after your body by eating well. Stopping smoking is also a must as this directly affects the body’s ability to bounce back after surgery.

Don’t expect a short recovery process

By building in a good amount of time to recover from cosmetic surgery, patients often find that they are recovered much quicker than they’d expected. Problems arise when patients don’t allow themselves to properly heal and often they compromise healing and their results by trying to resume strenuous activities too soon.