You want to look great for that upcoming special occasion, whether it’s a class reunion, family reunion, or your own wedding. If you plan on having plastic surgery, it’s best to prepare well in advance—often several months ahead.
Before Plastic Surgery
First, there are several things you’ll need to do prior to plastic surgery. These take time—often several weeks to a few months. The first thing you’ll need to do is find a qualified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon should be board-certified and highly experienced (such as Dr. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery), and that process can take 1 to 2 weeks total.
Next, you’ll need to set up a consultation. Depending on the surgeon, this could take a week or a few weeks since many doctors are booked well in advance. This could take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the surgeon’s schedule, the time of year, your schedule, and demand for plastic surgery in your area.
After your consultation, there will be another delay before your surgery date. This is partly due to the busy schedules of plastic surgeons, but it is also necessary to allow you to prepare. Before surgery, you will usually be required to do some pre-surgical testing (lab work, EKG). You will also need to stop taking certain medications (blood thinners, aspirin, NSAIDs) about two weeks prior to surgery.
Plastic Surgery Recovery Time
After surgery is over, you will need time to recover before you can resume your normal daily routine. The time it takes to recover depends on the surgery.
- Tummy tuck—4 weeks
- Mommy makeover—4 weeks
- Breast augmentation—1 week
- Facelift—2 weeks
Note that even after that period, your body will still be healing—the times listed above are simply how long it will take to get back to your normal routine. Scars, swelling, and other results of surgery can last longer, depending on the procedure and the individual.
Progressive tension sutures (PTS) can minimize healing time and reduce scarring, so finding a surgeon who uses that technique is a must if you are planning to attend that class reunion after getting a facelift.
Plastic Surgery Timetable
In total, you will need:
- 1 to 2 weeks to find the right surgeon
- 2 to 6 weeks to schedule a consultation
- 2 to 4 weeks to prepare for surgery
- 2 to 4 weeks for recovery
- Several months for scars to heal/fade
The grand total: about 3 to 5 months, not including additional healing time for your scars to fade. To get started, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Pollock, for a consultation today.