How much time do I need to take off work for plastic surgery?

Patients considering plastic surgery are often excited about the final results. But it is important that patients also plan for the healing and recovery process following surgical treatments. Drs. William Reno III and Paul Talbot of the Plastic Surgery Center of Hattiesburg work directly with patients considering plastic surgery to educate them on the time needed off of work, school, and social activities to facilitate fast healing and reduce the risk of common complications. Our practice is dedicated to helping individuals prepare for their treatment and enjoy the best possible results from their surgery. 

Average time off for plastic surgeries 

In general, patients will often take anywhere from one to four weeks off from usual activities to recover from surgery. Breast, body, and facial procedures vary in how much time is needed. The more invasive the procedure, the longer the recovery time. Patients also have to take into consideration the demands of their job, as this can impact the time in which they can return to work. For example, a patient who has a sedentary job or works from home on a computer can return to work sooner than an individual who works a warehouse job or performs construction. Speaking with the doctor can help give patients an idea of the amount of time they need away from their job to heal properly. Below are some estimates of the average time needed for a patient to recover from their procedure before returning to their jobs: 

  • Breast augmentation and breast lift: 1 week
  • Breast reduction for women: 2 weeks
  • Breast reduction for men: 2-3 days
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): 2-3 weeks
  • Liposuction: 1 week
  • Body lift: 3-4 weeks
  • Arm lift: 1 week
  • Facelift: 1-2 weeks
  • Eyelid surgery: 1 week

Are you ready to prepare for a plastic surgery procedure? 

Patients of the Hattiesburg, MO area who are considering plastic surgery procedures for the face or body are encouraged to book a consultation appointment with Drs. William Reno III and Paul Talbot to learn about the time needed for healing and recovery. The practice is located at 40 Franklin Road and can be reached by calling (601) 296-3405 for an appointment.