How Much Time Off Work for Cosmetic Surgery during COVID Telecommuting?

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Prior to stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, cosmetic surgery patients planned to take 1-4 weeks off from their jobs to recover from a procedure. Oftentimes, these patients felt ready to perform their jobs sooner, but took more time off because of visible bruising and swelling, as well as the inconvenience of getting around. Fast forward to today, we see that now may be the perfect time to plan your cosmetic procedure: You will be able to return to work much sooner if you are working remotely, as soon as a couple of days after surgery.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster takes all the time necessary to make sure you know how to plan for your cosmetic procedure. In addition to discussing your candidacy for a certain surgery during your consultation, he also goes over what you will need to plan for in terms of downtime from work, exercise, social activities and household chores. To arrange your consultation in the Baltimore area, please call our team at 410-902-9800.

Time Off from Work after Common Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Below are some of our most popular cosmetic procedures and the timing at which most people return to work under normal circumstances, when remote work is not available:

Breast augmentation: 1 week

Breast lift: 1-2 weeks

Breast reduction: 2 weeks

Male breast reduction: 2 days-1 week

Tummy tuck: 2-3 weeks

Liposuction: A few days-1 week

Facelift: 2 weeks

Brow lift: 1-2 weeks

Eyelid surgery: 1 week

It is quite possible that you can start working sooner than these traditional timelines. Take a few days off to rest, and then return to computer work from home. You won’t have to drive, navigate through the office building or show any signs of your recovery to your co-workers. Even if you have Zoom meetings, swelling and bruising from breast and body procedures will be completely out of frame. Take advantage of the “camera off” setting if you’ve had a facial procedure.

Learn More about Individual Recovery Timelines

Ready to take the next step? Arrange a consultation with Dr. Ronald Schuster in Lutherville-Timonium by calling 410-902-9800. We completely understand the career demands of our patients. We also think it’s really important to prioritize self-care and your aesthetic goals. Let us help you find a surgical date that works well for your schedule. Our experienced team has been doing this for years and we are well-prepared to provide you with tips for getting back to work remotely or in-office.