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How long does it take to recover after a surgical procedure?

The recovery time mostly depends on the type of surgery you underwent, your health, and whether complications arise during or following the procedure.

Depending on the plastic surgery you underwent, recovery may take between 2 and 3 weeks or even more. For instance, if you had cosmetic nose surgery during which only the cartilage was reshaped, the recovery time will be approximately 2 weeks, whereas if your bone was also reshaped, the recovery time will be longer.

Furthermore, health complications may arise during or following the surgery, which will add to the recovery time. Some of the complications of plastic surgery are hematoma, nerve damage, infection, and blood loss.

However, for the first 24 hours after surgery, you will remain in the hospital so that the medical team can monitor your vital signs and health and help you out with daily tasks, while the effects of anesthesia wear off. Here is the average recovery time for some of the most common plastic surgeries:

  • facelift: 2-3 weeks
  • breast augmentation: 2 weeks
  • eyelid surgery: 2-3 weeks
  • liposuction: 2 weeks
  • tummy tuck: 6 weeks
  • ear surgery: 6 weeks
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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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