Recovery Tips

Recovery Tips | Guidelines for Cosmetic Surgery (Australia)

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Recovery can be an interesting time. These surgery recovery tips may prove helpful for your initial recovery.

Tips for Surgery Recovery include popular operations such as Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, breast reduction, tummy tuck/Abdominoplasty, Rhinoplasty/nose surgery, facelift surgery and eyelid surgery.

Medical Information and Disclaimer (Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips)

While plastic surgery recovery tips may be helpful for patients; it remains important to recognise:

  • this information is general in nature
  • these tips do NOT constitute medical advice nor do they replace any direct advice from your Surgeon
  • you MUST follow your Surgeon’s instructions precisely to enable good surgery results
  • ask your SURGEON for post-op guidelines
  • follow your RECOVERY PACK recovery aids if given to you by your Surgeon
  • remember that recovery for individual patient can vary significantly
  • recovery may be impeded by risks or complications
  • be sure you eat well, rest well and have healthy habits
    • never smoke before or after surgery
    • avoid consuming intoxicating substances
    • follow good nutritional advice and post-op exercise protocols

First step to Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Guidelines and TIPS – Review the procedure and recovery Guide book (a PDF downloadable resource)

Surgery Recovery Tips – Download and read the Guide Ebook

For information about cosmetic operations and plastic surgery procedures including surgery recovery guidelines to follow after an operation:


SECOND STEP: Read the top-rated Plastic Surgery blogs for Cosmetic Surgery Recovery for your procedure:

Breast Reduction Recovery Tips – Articles

Recovery from Breast Reduction Surgery (‘What’s normal recovery?’)

Breast Augmentation and Implant Surgery Recovery Tips – Articles

Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery with Breast Implants – Recovery Tips

Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck Surgery Recovery Tips – Articles

Recovery from Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty Recovery Tips)

Recovery from Body Contouring and Liposuction After Bariatric Surgery or Weight Loss

Recovery from Body Lift, Liposuction or Body Contouring Surgery (Skin Fold Reduction Surgery and Skin ‘tightening’ after bariatric surgery and change in weight

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Recovery after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty Recovery) article

Eyelid Surgery Case Study and Recovery Video

Helpful Tips to Improve your Surgery Experience and Initial Recovery

Can I speed up my recovery after cosmetic surgery? Plastic Surgery Tips and Recovery Guidelines.



Surgery Guidelines for Cosmetic Surgery recovery include helpful tips compiled from several leading Australia FRACS (Plas) Cosmetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and eyelid surgery experts.



Authors: meet the Surgical Team Members and Support Team

Our team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons’ affiliations include


Note Dr Burt is a Specialist Oculoplastic Surgeon with a practice dedicated purely to Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery and brow surgeries (upper face rejuvenation).

Emotions and postoperative anxiety are not uncommon; but fortunately they usually pass after a few days or weeks.

Recognise that recovery after surgery can be an emotional time period:

  • particularly if your sleep is temporarily disturbed; and/or
  • if you’re feeling sore, groggy or uncomfortable.
  • many patients emerge from anaesthetic after having surgery and think – ‘what have I done?
  • Other cosmetic surgery patients feel relieved when they realise the procedure is over AND
  • that they took necessary steps to get their body, breasts, face, nose or eyelids looking closer to their aesthetic preferences.

For many patients, upsetting emotions tend to pass once the initial acute healing period has resolved discomfort, swelling, skin tightness and bruising.

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Is there a way to make recovery after surgery any easier or quicker?

      • The key thing to remember during recovery after cosmetic surgery is to BE PATIENT with the process.
      • Plan your surgery recovery “space” and provisions – as well as helpful supports – BEFORE your operation.
      • Be gentle and kind to yourself as you heal. Don’t do too much too soon or you’ll slow your recovery down.
      • Wear your garments as instructed and be careful with your wound (avoid infection risks).

Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Tips from some of the world’s top 10 best blogs by our Plastic Surgeons group.

To help you know what to expect from surgery recovery experiences, we offer you several resources, guides and video resources.

Read articles on Plastic Surgery by several of Australia’s most-respected Specialist Plastic Surgeons.

You can also meet us in person or speak with prior patients about their experiences by attending a monthly event in Hawthorn East (Victoria/Melbourne).

Attend a MONTHLY EVENT in Melbourne (no charge to attend) .

      • Meet the presenting Plastic Surgeons and Skin Care teams that will help you have a positive experience as you venture further into your desired surgical journey – to get the changes you have long awaited.
      • Hear real life stories from patients who have been there and who have passed their recovery period – they’ll tell you what it’s really like.
      • Learn how we provide healing aids for surgical recovery (the ‘science and love’ pack – your post-op package).
      • We are conveniently close to public transport (Auburn Station or Camberwell station) but there’s also nearby street parking (no limit after 6.30 pm).
      • We are an easy ride from Melbourne CBD, regional Victoria, Kew, Balwyn, Richmond, Hawthorn, Toorak, Glenferrie, Glen Iris, Malvern, Armadale, Bayside suburbs and more.

Our events begin at 6.30 pm – find out more.


Another tip for Surgery Recovery after a Cosmetic Procedure

Our team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons’ affiliations include:


Accredited Australian hospitals used by our Specialist Plastic Surgeons include:

Unanswered Questions or want to know how to search for Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon Reviews (Melbourne, Australia – VIC)?

  1. Check out a bigger list of FAQ’s and information on the surgical process
  2. Attend a Monthly Patient Information Evening Event
  3. For more information about Pricing and Payment methods of your Surgery, please visit our page on Surgery Payments.
  4. You can also talk to a Patient Care Team to answer your questions from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday on (03) 8849 1444


Scientific Articles relating to Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic procedures (Cosmetic Surgery outcomes and research)

Download an easy to understand book with cosmetic surgery procedure information and plastic surgery recovery information (an e-book/Plastic Surgery Guide).

Read how SMOKING will harm your recovery and increase your risks of surgery complications after cosmetic plastic surgery.

Accessed online on 15 November 2018. CM.

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 

An Analysis of the “Classic” Papers in Aesthetic Surgery.

Other Resources for Patients

Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Find specialist plastic surgeons), Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Patient Safety Regulated by Plastic Surgery Regulation Laws), Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Information for patients), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA (Register of practitioners), Health Victoria (The Department of Health and Human Services)

Want more information before scheduling a consultation with your Surgeon?

*   DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about the procedure or contact us
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*   Attend a FREE MONTHLY INFORMATION EVENING and hear from our Team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons and past patients.

Please Contact Us using the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444

Visit our FAQ pages, learn more about your procedure and also have a look at our BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS.