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What Should You Consider Before Planning Your Plastic Surgery?

Posted April 17, 2020 in Plastic Surgery

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While the decision to undergo plastic surgery is entirely personal, the actual procedure, and especially the recovery period, is something that will affect both you and your loved ones. Woman relaxing on couch surrounded by her family after plastic surgery.

Facial enhancement or body contouring procedures are invasive processes that will result in a moderate amount of downtime and recovery. No matter how tough and strong you are, you cannot and should not plan to handle your recovery completely alone.

You will soon find that during your surgical recovery, as in life, you benefit more with a team behind you. 

What Will I Need Help With After My Plastic Surgery?

While the length and severity of your recovery will depend on the procedure(s) you choose to undergo, every surgical process will result in some discomfort. This is because your body is working in overdrive to heal the skin, muscles, and fatty tissues that were disrupted during the procedure.

A Ride Home

Most plastic surgeries, including facelift surgery, breast augmentation surgery, tummy tuck surgery, liposuction surgery, and the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) are performed under general anesthesia. Because of this, you cannot drive yourself home. 

You will need to have someone present to get you to where you need to be following your surgery. 

Most surgical procedures prohibit driving for several days or weeks. While the length of time varies between procedure and individual, you must be off your pain medication and able to control upper-body movement.


Unfortunately, as you likely already know, housework waits for no one. Between cooking, washing dishes, taking out the trash, doing laundry, and keeping dust at bay, the chores are constantly piling up.

While these chores may be easily managed when you are at full strength, they will not be that easy when your body is trying to recover and heal. You will need to have someone present, whether it is a partner, a friend, or a parent, to help with all day-to-day activities. 

By giving up some of the chores and allowing others to help you, you will find that you will heal quicker and be healthier in the long run.


If you have young children at home, your lifestyle is likely hectic as it is. This will only be heightened with the added pressure of recovery. 

Just as you need someone at home to help you with housework after surgery, you will also need someone to help watch over your little ones to keep them safe, healthy, and where they need to be. 

Are There Other Considerations Before Plastic Surgery?

Time Off

Most plastic surgery procedures require that you take one to two weeks off of work. You will need to make sure that you can comfortably take this amount of time away from your job and normal responsibilities.

Travel Plans

While some patients are fortunate enough to have their plastic surgeon just down the street or across town, many are not. 

If your surgeon is not in your hometown, you will need to make arrangements for how to get to and from your surgeon while planning adequate time for post-operative appointments and check-ups.

At Careaga Plastic Surgery, we are fortunate to have patients come to see us from regions all over Florida and beyond. Because we understand that not all of our patients are centered in Miami, we will recommend places to stay that are centrally located to our practice.  

Interested in Learning More?

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery in Miami, Florida, or would like to start your plastic surgery journey, contact Careaga Plastic Surgery by calling (305) 960-7511 or by filling out our online contact form

You can also check out our gallery of plastic surgery before and after photos to see what our results look like and help decide what procedure you might be interested in. 


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