Health, Wellness: A Guide to Recovery After Cosmetic Surgeries

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With influencer culture bringing cosmetic surgeries to the forefront of the public eye, the taboos surrounding these procedures are slowly diminishing; however, it is still essential that patients know what to expect before undergoing these surgeries.  

Before going under the knife for a cosmetic procedure, patients are tasked with planning the ins and outs of their post-surgery lives. Are you considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure? If so, the recovery process can be depressing and disheartening as the area will usually have swelling and bruising.


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Recovery from different cosmetic surgeries. To learn more, check out our guide to the recovery process for the most common cosmetic surgeries.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery, commonly referred to as breast implant surgery, involves adding silicone or saline implants into a patient’s breast area to increase overall chest size. Surgeons can also manipulate the shape and volume of breasts during surgery to fit a patient’s cosmetic goals.

Average Recovery Period

Patients will need a minimum of six weeks to recover from breast augmentation surgery. However, depending on the pacing of a patient’s recovery and overall health, this healing process could take longer.

What You’ll Need

Before going under the knife for this surgery, patients must invest in a post-surgical compression bra. There are several different post-surgical uses of compression garments. These bras add a layer of protection between your healing chest and external hazards and help to preserve breast shape during the recovery process.


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Rhinoplasty

For those interested in undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure, it’s essential to be prepared for the longer recovery time of this surgery. During surgery, doctors will make an incision at the base of a patient’s nose and physically readjust the cartilage and bone of the nose to the desired placement.

Average Recovery Period

After surgery, patients will experience intense bruising and swelling around their adjusted nose. Bruising, swelling, and any accompanied pain from this procedure should diminish within six weeks.

What You’ll Need

The most crucial part of successful rhinoplasty recovery is elevated bedding. It is common to experience congestion due to swelling and blood from inside the splints inside the nose. Setting up an elevated sleeping station will help drain congestion and reduce swelling naturally.


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Liposuction

During liposuction surgery, doctors target specific areas of the body to remove stubborn and excess fat. Although this procedure is the second largest cosmetic surgery requested worldwide, it is still imperative to proactively plan the recovery for this invasive procedure.

Average Recovery Period

The recovery period for liposuction is listed as an average of six to eight weeks. Depending on the amount of fat removed from a patient’s body, they may spend the first few nights post-surgery inside the hospital. By eight weeks, swelling and bruising should subside enough to return to everyday tasks.

What You’ll Need

Similar to breast augmentation surgery, compression garments will also be essential on any liposuction recovery checklist. Apart from compression garments, liposuction patients will need to take walks during their recovery. Taking small strolls will help their body’s circulation improve and promote faster healing.

Review our guide to recovering after different cosmetic surgeries before undergoing these procedures. The more prepared patients are before surgery, the more seamless their recovery will go.


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