Don’t plan on that wedding, vacation, or 20-year class reunion for right after your
surgery. Most plastic surgery procedures are not something your body can
recover from overnight.
There will be a few days that you are barely able to move around to take care of
yourself. You may not be able to climb stairs or even get out of bed without help.
For a few days after surgery, you will feel totally incapacitated.
The vacation can (should) wait…
Do not plan to go out of town for a vacation, go to family events, a work party, or
anything of the sort for at least two to six weeks after your procedure. (Ask your
doctor what he/she recommends.) All too often we see serious complications in
the healing of patients who use their two-week vacation to have a breast
augmentation and go to Florida for spring break. That is a disaster waiting to
My best advice is to overprepare for your recovery. Set yourself up in the most
comfortable place you can think of to recover. That’s almost always your home,
your mom’s home, or a recovery center where the staff specialize in plastic
surgery recovery. Take a little bit too much time off, think of everything possible
you may need, have too much help around, and read everything your doctor
gives you three times.
What could happen if you rush yourself and get back to normal life too
Some common complications of overdoing it after surgery include fainting and
hurting yourself, bleeding from your incisions or inside your body (a hematoma),
slow healing, open wounds, infections, and hospitalization. Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? In fact, you could add months to your recovery time by causing a complication, and you could permanently ruin your results. What a waste of time, money, and energy just so you could go to the office holiday party the week after your tummy tuck. It’s not worth it.
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