Joseph Serota, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Tips for Recovering from Cosmetic Surgery

By admin May 25, 2020

Recovery is one of the most important aspects of your cosmetic surgery experience. Being smart about recovery helps ensure that your newly refined features continue to look their best long after your surgery is complete.

While each patient and procedure require a different timeline for recovery from cosmetic surgery, you can expect to take some time off from your daily activities. In general, the more involved your surgery is, the longer your recovery will be. Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center will give you specific instructions about your recovery based on your procedure and needs, but the following information will give you an idea of what to expect:

  • Going home. Plastic surgery is often an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day you have surgery. However, if you have multiple or more extensive procedures, you may need to stay in the hospital for one or more nights following surgery. Regardless of when you are released, you will need someone to drive you home and to stay with you the first 24-48 hours.
  • Taking care of family. You may need to arrange for someone to help you out with family for a few weeks after surgery. Dr. Serota will help you understand any limitations on activity such as picking up small children, cooking or giving baths, so you can plan for your family’s well-being.
  • Going back to work. When you can go back to work depends on two main factors – the procedure you are having and the nature of your job. For example, if you have a desk job, you can return to work much sooner than if your job is physically demanding.
  • Resuming an exercise routine. Because elevating your heart rate and blood pressure can increase your risk of bleeding after surgery, you may have to wait a few weeks at minimum before resuming heavy lifting or aerobic exercise.

Tips for a Smooth Recovery

There are several important things you need to do before and after surgery to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Take care of yourself every day. A healthy body and immune system are better prepared to deal with the stresses of surgery and to heal at an optimal rate. Eat well, stay at a healthy weight, and get plenty of sleep.
  • Take it easy. You will be given detailed instructions about when it’s okay to resume certain activities. Don’t risk compromising your results and your health by jumping into things too early.
  • Know what to avoid. Ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, vitamin E, and many other common items may interfere with the healing process.

To learn more about recovering from cosmetic surgery in Aurora, Denver, contact us today at 303-367-9000 or website

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