This article is from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery FAQ, by firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Green) with numerous contributions by others.
This varies greatly depending on the procedure in question. For
small, non-invasive procedures, such as laser tattoo removal,
or collagen therapy, patients are ready to return to normal
activity immediately after treatment. For procedures like laser
skin resurfacing or blepharoplasty, patients may be ready for most
normal activities in 3-6 days, while more extensive surgeries
such as abdominoplasty or extensive liposuction may require a
more extended convalescence.
The body's complete healing process takes longer than this initial
recovery time, and may last from several week up to a year or more
as incisions heal completely and tissues achieve their maximum