What’s the Recovery Timeline?
In general, the majority of swelling should begin to subside within three days. Most patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks, depending on the type of work. Resume normal activity slowly, being careful not to push too hard too soon. Strenuous or contact activities should be put off for at least 3-6 weeks.
Working in an Office or at Home
If you are comfortable being seen with minor bruising and swelling, you may be able to return to a desk job within 5-10 days. While you might sound congested on the phone, you are able to do as little or as much deskwork as you want. If you work from home, you may feel comfortable doing light paperwork in as little as two days post-surgery.
Physically Active Positions
If your job requires physical activity, you may want to wait two weeks and remain on a limited schedule at work for up to four weeks. If you work outdoors, it is important to protect your incision with sunscreen.
Camera Ready Jobs
If your job centers around your physical appearance, you may want to schedule surgery three months before you have to be camera-ready. You should be able to return to social engagements within two to three weeks, at which time makeup can be applied to cover most residual bruising.