4 Plastic Surgery Procedures With Shorter Recovery


Life is busy these days. Sometimes overwhelmingly so. And time is of the absolute essence.

So when you glance over your self-improvement list, you may want to dismiss any sort of cosmetic surgery because, well, recovering from surgery takes a long time, right?

In fact, there are a handful of plastic surgery procedures with shorter recovery times that may just surprise you. And these procedures can also improve your professional and personal relationships.

Plastic Surgery Procedures With Shorter Recovery

If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure but have been putting it off because you’re dreading the recovery time, you may want to look over the following four procedures that require less time for recovery.

The most important thing to keep in mind with all of these procedures, however, is that there will always be variations in recovery times from one treatment to another. Patients who don’t bother to diligently follow their board-certified surgeon’s post-op directions are likely to experience longer recovery times.

  1. In-Office Facelift

Not all facelifts are created equal.

With an in-office facelift, there’s no need for general anesthesia. Instead, this less involved facelift uses local anesthesia. That fact alone cuts down on recovery time. And while there is minimal bruising and stitches, most patients can work from home in three to four days – with the bruises healing and the stitches removed usually within a week.

While the patient will need to hold off on strenuous activities and lifting heavy objects for two to three weeks, he or she can expect to resume their regular activities within a week or two.

  1. Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty is also known as arm lift surgery. It reduces excess sagging skin and localized fat hanging off the upper arm while tightening and smoothing underlying supportive tissue.

Also performed under general anesthesia, there are two types of brachioplasty. With a full brachioplasty, more skin and fat are removed. A modified brachioplasty does not require as much removal. Therefore, it is the one that will involve a shorter recovery time.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for the modified variation. For those who are though, they can expect to return to work and regular activities within a week.

  1. Localized Liposuction

We’ll start this one off with a disclaimer because recovery from this procedure depends wholly on the extent of the liposuction and the area of the body where you need work.

BUT if you’re wanting to get rid of love handles or small pockets of fat on the lateral thighs or abdomen, you can do so with localized liposuction. No need for general anesthesia here. Local anesthesia does the job in this case. And you can expect to be back to work within three or four days – though you’ll still need to avoid heavy lifting or vigorous activity for two to three weeks.

  1. Blepharoplasty

Finally, as complicated as cosmetic surgery around the eyes might seem, blepharoplasty is performed in one to two hours as an outpatient procedure. This cosmetic eyelid surgery procedure corrects drooping upper eyelids as well as puffy bags under the eyes.

A cold compress is applied in the first two hours after the surgery with minimal bruising resolving within a week. And eye makeup and contact lenses should be avoided for five to seven days. Beyond that first week though, patients can expect to resume strenuous physical activity within two to three weeks.

Be Kind to Yourself

Even when choosing one of the plastic surgery procedures with shorter recovery time, it’s important to give your body the care it needs while healing.

And, as mentioned above, it’s crucial you follow your plastic surgeon’s exact post-op specifications to keep recovery time at a minimum.

Given that, if you’re ready to explore a cosmetic surgery procedure, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We’re excited to open you up to a new world full of possibility. And in less time than you may have imagined!