Recovering from plastic surgery

With feedback from CEENTA physicians Catherine Cuite, MD (SouthPark), Jewel Greywoode, MD (Uptown), James Kaufmann, MD (Salisbury), FP Johns Langford, MD (Concord), Neela Rao, MD (Fort Mill), and Mark Weigel, MD (Huntersville)

We’re all spending a lot more time at home than we used to, and we don’t see other people nearly as often. But there are hidden benefits to all this alone time. For example, people who were considering facial plastic surgery can now get the procedure they always wanted and can use the social distancing time to recover.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels

Jewel Greywoode, MD

Chemical peels can improve the skin’s color and tone, can reduce discoloration from sun damage, can stimulate healthy skin cell growth, and can help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. While light chemical peels have quick recovery times, medium and heavy chemical peels have much longer recovery times, CEENTA facial plastic surgery specialist Jewel Greywoode, MD, said. Therefore, a patient could benefit from extra time indoors while they recover.

Eyelid rejuvenation

An eyelid after blepharoplastyJames Kaufmann, MD

Blepharoplasty is designed to rejuvenate the appearance of your eyes through an eyelid lift. Even when people get the surgery for visual or functional reasons, there is still usually a significant cosmetic benefit, CEENTA ophthalmologist James Kaufmann, MD, said. Also, because everyone is wearing masks, their eyes are being accentuated and people are becoming more aware of their appearance. And because you would have swelling and discoloration for two weeks following the surgery, extended time at home means that when you do go out again, the change will be even more significant.


After a facelift

Mark Weigel, MDFP Johns Langford, MD

Facelifts are used to make patients look younger by tightening a patient’s skin. However, this procedure can have a one- to two-week period of downtime because of the swelling, bruising, and healing process. CEENTA facial plastic specialists FP Johns Langford, MD, and Mark Weigel, MD, suggest that now would be a good time for such a procedure.

Lip and mouth area rejuvenation


Catherine Cuite, MD

If you’re considering lip and mouth area rejuvenation, now could be a good time to do so. Your mask would cover up any swelling in the period immediately following your treatment, and once you’re healed and remove your mask, you will look fresh and healthy, CEENTA oculoplastics specialist Catherine Cuite, MD, said.


A nice nose

Neela Rao, MD

A rhinoplasty, or nose job, can be performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons. After the surgery, you can experience bruising and swelling. The bruising should disappear after 10 days to two weeks, and most of the swelling should go down after three weeks. However, being at home means you have more recovery time away from other people. And when you do go out, masks can make your recovery a little more discreet, CEENTA facial plastic surgery specialist Neela Rao, MD, said.

Facial plastic care at CEENTA

All these treatments are available at CEENTA. If you want to take advantage of your extra time at home to recover from facial plastic surgery, schedule an appointment with a CEENTA doctor today.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. Would you like a facial plastic consultation? Call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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