Where you recover depends on several factors and your personal preferences. Your board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeon will evaluate your medical issues, the details of your surgery, the length of time your surgery takes, and the availability of a caregiver to help you determine the best plan for you. No matter what your circumstance, you’ll want to establish a no-fail support system for your surgery and recovery.
Options for your short-term recovery after plastic surgery include:
When discharged, your surgeon will release you to the care of a responsible adult who can safely transport you home. This adult must be competent enough to understand your recovery instructions, monitor your health, and commit to staying with you at all times for a minimum of 24 hours after surgery. This caregiver could be a family member, a friend, or a certified nurse.
Licensed Recovery Facility
Your surgeon will release you to the care of a licensed post-surgical recovery facility where nurses or specially trained medical professionals will monitor your health and comfort until you can return home and take care of yourself.
Hotel or Spa
You may wish to recover at a hotel or spa location where licensed healthcare professionals can monitor your recovery as recommended by your aesthetic plastic surgeon. This option is great if you are traveling for your surgery and wish to stay close to your surgeon for a few nights in case there are any complications.
Overnight Hospital Stay
Depending on your surgery, you may need to stay overnight at the hospital where your surgery took place. After your stay, your surgeon will release you to a capable caregiver so you can continue your recovery at home or to a licensed recovery facility.