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Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery, Aftercare and Complications

When preparing for your aesthetic plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure, it is important to plan for your recovery and aftercare, along with the possibility of complications. Your surgeon should help you understand what to expect and assist in this planning. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) has provided information to get you started. 

Recovery & Aftercare

Appropriate aftercare is critical to the success of your procedure. 

To have the best possible outcome, ask your surgeon the following questions: 

Where will I be for the first 24 hours after surgery? 

This is typically the period when complications due to the anesthesia or excessive bleeding are most likely to occur. Find out whether you will be able to return to the clinic if concerns arise. 

What type of post-op care will I need? 

Depending on what type of care will be required, you may need to arrange assistance after your surgery. Patients often require help getting dressed, feeding themselves and caring for other personal needs for at least a few days. Ask whether you will need assistance and for how long. 

What restrictions will I need to make after surgery? 

Activities like swimming, sunbathing are not recommended after surgery. Lifting heavy bags and standing or walking for long periods of time may need to be avoided depending on the procedure. Drinking alcohol is also not recommended.


Because all types of surgery and non-surgical procedures involve the possibility of complications, it is important to develop a plan for your care ahead of time. Before your surgery, questions to ask your surgeon may include: 

  • Where do I go if an emergency arises? 
  • Can I call you if I have concerns after surgery? 
  • Do you have insurance that will cover complications? 

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