Feel Run Down After Surgery..

9 days ago I had surgery and I am wondering if this is "normal recovery". I had a face and neck lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, dermabrasion to upper lip, fat transfers to NL folds. Yesterday I was feeling better so I had a shower and washed my hair cleaned up my room, and bathroom, went out for dinner with some friends for 3 hours. Later I felt like I was run over by a truck. I felt nauseated, in pain, stiff and just run down. How long should recovery take? Thanks for your answers Terrie

Doctor Answers 20

Wound at Rest Heals Best

You way, way over did it.  Wounds and bodies need recovery time.  You are still in the embryonic stages of recovery.  It is normal to feel easy fatigue for 6 weeks.  Remember wound healing takes 1 year and at 6 months you are only 80% there.  You had massive surgery and you wonder why yo are fatigued.   Be calm and rest.  You should get 10 hours of sleep a night.  You should take a nap in the afternoon for one hour.  You need to eat well and at home.  It is impossible to go to a restaurant and avoid salt and fat.  Salt will increase your pain and fatigue level.  You should drink very little alcohol if any.  You should not smoke or be around smoke.  Take one a day mutivitamins.  Avoid stress and confrontation.   Gentle exercise only.  Walking is great.  Running at this point is not acceptable.  Do you see what I am saying.  You better calm down and let your body heal.  My Best.  Dr C

Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Expect to feel tired for 4-6 weeks after multiple face procedures

Thank you for your question.  You have had a very complex series of multiple facial rejuvenation procedures in addition to your face lift.

Generally speaking any procedure that requires longer than 2 hours of general anesthesia can make you feel tired for several weeks.

And your case he had a very complex series of multiple facial procedures and I would expect you to feel the way you describe during at least the first 2 weeks and possibly longer.  You should be resting and not engaging in strenuous activity or extensive social activity for 3-4 weeks.

Please consult your plastic surgeon and follow his or her advice.

Surgical Recovery

Patients recovering from any surgery can experience many different phases including nausea and drowsiness. Although it can be difficult, you must be patient and ensure you resume normal activity and outings slowly and at the right time. Everyone heals differently, and every set of procedures has a different recovery. For best possible results, consult your doctor on their protocol for post operative activity and care. 

Richard A. Zoumalan, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Feeling run down after multiple facial procedures.

It sounds like you had a significant amount of surgery.  It also sounds like you significantly over did it.  Please make sure you follow your post operative instructions given to you by your surgeon. Please make sure you follow up with them and ask any questions that you may have.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Postop Lassitude

Hello Terrora-

As you probably already know, being four months postop, your energy levels will return to normal about 1.5-2 months after more extensive surgery (like you had). If you are still feeling run-down at this time, then consult with your doctor. 

All the energy that you normally have for feeling good and being active goes towards healing in the immediate postop period, which is why one starts to get tired in the early afternoon after surgery. 

I hope all is well now and that you are enjoying your changes.

Mark Anton, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Facelift Recovery

It is normal early on after a facelift and/or a facelift with multiple procedures to feel run down.  There is a physical component to healing, but especially with a facelift there is an emotional component as well.  Most patients in my practice who experience this "underwater" feeling early on and feel good by day 7.  However, each individual has a unique healing experience which may take longer.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 166 reviews

After a facelift patients can feel a bit rundown.

Mild depression commonly accompanies any significant operations which includes facelift. This will improve with time.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Yes, it will take some time to get 100% back to normal


Thank you for the question.  What you describe is not uncommon.  As we feel a little better we tend to do more and realize that put body is still in recovery mode.  Try and keep activities short for now.  Things will be better each week.

All the best,

Dr Remus Repta


Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 166 reviews

Feel run down after surgery.

Dear Terrora, 

Thank you for your question.  It sounds like you had quite a bit of surgery!  It is common to feel this way after extensive surgery, as your body is using most of its energy to heal your face. This leaves less energy for you for general purpose.  Thus, you feel 'run down'.  This will go away as you heal.  

Best Wishes, 

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Feel run down after surgery...

Surgery is a type of stress for the body and there is a recovery process taking place especially the initial first weeks. It is normal to feel run down after any type of surgery.  It is important to decrease the amount activity, pain medication and keep yourself hydrated.

S. Ozan Sozer, MD
El Paso Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

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