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Your Recovery

You have taken exceptional care in choosing the right plastic surgeon, now, you need to take exceptional care of yourself.


You must have someone spend the first night with you.


Return home and go directly to bed, with only assisted bathroom privileges for the first 24 hours.  Your only concern should be to rest and recover.


Take your medications as directed**.  Remember that NO alcohol is permitted for one week to ten days, depending on when you are allowed to cease taking medications.


If instructed during your pre-operative appointment, start using the previously prepared cold compresses as soon as possible.  Use the cold compresses, while awake, for 48-72 hours after surgery.  Allow the compresses to stay on the area in 15-20 minute intervals (15 minutes on the area and then 15 minutes off of the area).  Do not worry about using the cold compresses the area while you are sleeping.  Getting your rest is important to your recovery.


For procedures performed under General Anesthesia

Upon arrival to your home, you may have small quantities of liquids as desired and/or tolerated.  It is advised that you eat a very small amount of pudding or yogurt to coat the stomach prior to taking pain medication.  **If you are experiencing any nausea, avoid taking the anti-biotic and/or pain medication until the nausea subsides or until the following day when you may progress to a soft diet.  After that, you may eat as desired and/or tolerated.  Hot and/or spicy foods may cause additional swelling.


For procedure performed under Local Anesthesia

You may eat and/or drink as tolerated.  Hot and/or spicy foods may cause additional swelling.


If your procedure requires drains

A log sheet will be provided to you on the day of your surgery.  This form will be used to log the amount of fluid discarded from each drain, both morning and night.  A demonstration will be provided along with instructions on how to empty your surgical drains.  Depending on the procedure performed, your drains will be removed, in the office, when the output reduces.  This usually occurs 3 to 10 days after your surgery.

  • Breast Reduction – 3-5 days
  • Abdominoplasty – 6-10 days
  • Facelift – 1-3 day


Do not shower while the drains are in place.  You may have a sponge bath on the second day after surgery, but under no circumstances, should the bandages or drains become wet.  You will be able to take a shower after your drains have been removed.


It is important to keep areas elevated to assist with swelling reduction.  For procedures involving the face and neck, keep your head elevated above your heart for two weeks post-surgery.  Using two, firm pillows or a sleeping wedge while sleeping will help to keep your head elevated during the night.  Another option is to sleep and rest in a reclining chair.


If you need to bend over, bend from the knees, NOT the waist.


Avoid getting overheated, sunbathing, saunas, hot tubs, etc. after surgery.  Additionally, avoid any exercise and/or strenuous activity that could potentially elevate your heart rate or blood pressure for two to four weeks after surgery.  Please review your post-operative instructions for the exact duration specific to your procedure.


Do not drive a car until you are given permission.


It there are any signs of persistent nausea, bleeding, rash, etc., you are to report this to the office.

If you have any questions or concerns following your procedure, you will be able to contact Dr. Vartany directly.


Please be sure to see additional instructions and precautions under your specific surgical procedure.

American Society of Plastic Surgery American Board of Plastic Surgery

*Individual results may vary.