Time off work after cosmetic surgery

Planning your cosmetic surgery should be given plenty of thought to avoid a stressful recovery period.
For most cosmetic surgery procedures you are going to have to take some time off work. Your Plastic Surgeon will advise you as to the likely time off needed. Dont be tempted to short cut his advice. Going back to work too soon after your surgery is not a good idea. It can even compromise your overall result.
For many procedures the standard advice is two weeks off work. This allows sufficient time for the bruising and swelling to subside, and enough time for you to recover from a general anaesthetic which can make some people feel tied for a while. In others a general anaesthtetic can also make them quite sick for a few days.
For the more major procedures such as a facelift or tummy tuck you may be advised to take even longer off work. For major procedures it can take some time for everything to settle down.
Plan your time off work carefully. You should also try and avoid working from home or adding stress post surgery.
If you do a manual job then you may need to allow extra time off before you are fit to continue manual work.

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