Three runners sprinting outdoorsKnowing the length of recovery needed after a cosmetic procedure is vital for active patients who are seeking enhancement. The type of treatment you want will determine how long it will be before you can resume physical activities and sports such as tennis, hiking, cycling, and aerobic exercise. Of course, everyone’s recovery timeline will vary depending on individual healing and the extent of their procedure, but here is a general guideline for when you can get back to your fast-paced lifestyle.

Surgical

Liposuction

Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that involves the use of tiny incisions, tumescent solution, and cannulas to produce slimmer body contours. If you undergo this procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment for four to six weeks, but you can resume physical activities in three weeks.

Facelift

Facelift surgery is ideal for patients who want to rejuvenate the jawline, jowls, and neck. If you decide to undergo facelift surgery, you will have to wear a chin strap around the clock for 7 days and then only at night for the next 10 days. You can resume physical activities after the first 10 days of recovery.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is a more invasive procedure that targets the abdominal area, during which muscles are tightened, excess skin is excised, and pockets of unwanted fat are removed. If you undergo a full tummy tuck, you will need to avoid strenuous activity and stairs for two weeks, but you should be able to resume working out after four to six weeks. You may need to hold off on abdominal exercises for longer depending on how quickly your repaired muscles heal.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is less invasive and less uncomfortable than a full tummy tuck, as it involves minimal skin excision and no muscle tightening. You will have to wear bands during recovery instead of bulky compression garments. Recovery after a mini tummy tuck is half as long, and you can resume your regular physical activity after three weeks of recovery.

Nonsurgical

Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are designed to rejuvenate the face by adding youthful volume, improving contours, and smoothing out fine wrinkles. Filler treatments require little to no downtime, and you should be able to go back to your everyday activities straight away. Because it is common for patients to notice some swelling and bruising after treatment, you may be advised to avoid wearing hats and headgear for one week.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a temporary treatment that stunts specific muscle movements that cause facial wrinkling. Like injectable fillers, it also requires little to no downtime, and you can go back to your usual activities following treatment. You may be advised to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours of recovery, but there is no lengthy period of repose needed.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatments are perfect for reducing the effects of sun damage and aging as well as improving skin quality. You will likely be given a protective ointment to apply to the treatment site while it heals. Because the skin will be extremely sensitive, you will have to avoid direct sun exposure for eight weeks, but indoor physical activities can be continued one to two weeks after treatment.

For more information about recovery timelines after surgical and nonsurgical procedures, schedule your consultation with Dr. Scheu by calling 314.899.0842.