Taking Time Off Work after Plastic Surgery By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on March 11, 2017

A woman lying in bed, resting comfortably after plastic surgeryMany patients who meet with Dr. Brian Kobienia to discuss their plastic surgery options enter into their consultations focused exclusively on what they want to achieve, their apprehensions about undergoing surgery, and issues such as cost and payment options. Often, these patients are surprised to learn that the breast enhancement, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring procedures in which they’re interested require significant recovery time and, as such, could interrupt their normal routines for several weeks or even months. There are many practical considerations that patients must keep in mind when weighing their decisions to undergo plastic surgery.

For instance, most plastic surgery procedures require patients to take one to two weeks off work. Dr. Brian Kobienia discusses the issue of taking time off work after plastic surgery during consultations at his Edina, MN practice so that patients know precisely what to expect before committing to any given procedure. While some patients may feel as though they are well enough to return to work sooner than advised by Dr. Kobienia, following his post-surgical instructions to the letter is essential to proper healing and achieving the best possible results. An early return to work can compromise not only a patient’s results, but also his or her health.

The following information should be taken as highly general and for educational purposes only. The amount of time you have to take off work after your specific plastic surgery procedure will depend on the procedure you undergo and many other factors. For further information, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Brian Kobienia today.

How Much Time Do Patients Usually Have to Take Off Work after Plastic Surgery?

The most important factors that determine how much time a patient has to take off work after plastic surgery is which procedure the patient undergoes and how extensive it is. There is absolutely no way for Dr. Kobienia to estimate how long you will need to take off work without meeting with you first. However, in general, you should know that:

  • Every surgical procedure will require recovery time and, therefore, some time off work.
  • Although Dr. Kobienia offers a variety of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, no plastic surgery procedure should be considered “minor.” They are all serious procedures that will entail some downtime.
  • You should anticipate taking at least one week off work for any procedure you are considering. Even the most minimally invasive procedure, such as blepharoplasty, requires that patients take at least a week off work. With some procedures, such as breast augmentation, driving isn’t even permitted until after the first week.
  • It is probably best that you prepare to take at least two weeks off work, especially if you are considering a more extensive procedure, such as a body lift or post-bariatric body contouring. Even if you are cleared to return to work earlier than that, you may find yourself thankful for the extra time to regain your energy and stamina. If you undergo a facial rejuvenation procedure, you may also be thankful for the extra time for your bruises to heal.
  • If your job requires any heavy lifting or other strenuous labor, you will almost certainly be required to take more than two weeks - possibly up to six weeks - off work.

Learn More about Taking Time Off Work after Plastic Surgery

To learn more about taking time off work after plastic surgery, please contact Kobienia Plastic Surgery today.

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Kobienia Plastic Surgery

Dr. Brian J. Kobienia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing world-class care for nearly 20 years. When he is not working with patients, Dr. Kobienia is serving various local and global philanthropic programs. He is also affiliated with notable organizations including:

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

With Dr. Kobienia's help, you can look as good as you feel. To get started, request a consultation online or call our plastic surgery practice at (952) 925-1111.

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