Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips after BodyLift Surgery
Plastic Surgery for Skin Tightening & Body Contouring After Massive Weight Loss
Successful Weight Loss surgery often leaves you with redundant skin problems and stubborn fat stores. No matter what you do, you cannot exercise away excess skin and loose skin can only be tightened moderately using non-surgical means.
Excess and redundant skin & fat in certain areas such as the Abdomen, Hips or Thighs typically require surgical reductions via plastic surgery procedures. The most common ones are a Body Lift, a Breast Reduction, an extended Tummy Tuck, an Arm Reduction or Thigh lift.
Plastic Surgery Recovery and “downtime” are often questions from patients considering Cosmetic Surgery after Weight Loss surgery.
These surgeries can be very effective to help reduce redundant skin folds that impact clothing choice, interfere with intimacy and often lead to chaffing and skin infection concerns and other health issues including back or neck pain.
For the best possible results, it is always crucial for you to follow your own Plastic Surgeon’s specific instructions, very carefully, along with every step of the way through your surgery journey – just as it was crucial to do so when you had gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.
When you undergo a consultation with a skilled and experienced Plastic Surgeon, however, the entire surgical treatment is often discussed in great detail – including your recovery from plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery – so that you can know, in general, what to expect. It’s still important to realise that everyone is different and that every patient heals uniquely, and that some complications are common and you should plan for their prevention AND for their management by you and your Surgeon in case these do occur.
It is important that you also fully understand the procedure and any surgical risks you are undertaking by choosing plastic or cosmetic surgery and body contouring after weight loss.
Why It’s Important to Follow Instructions for Post-Surgical Care after Plastic Surgery or Cosmetic Surgery after Weight Loss or Gastric Bypass / Gastric Sleeve Procedures
When you make a cosmetic surgery decision, it’s important that you commit to it all the way. That means really following instructions when it comes to life after surgery. By following instructions for post-surgical care, you will reduce the chances of complications and adverse side effect from occurring. You will also improve your healing time and potentially reduce scarring in the long run.
Here are just a few recovery tips to keep in mind when it comes to post-surgical care.
Pre-Surgical Instructions are Just as Important
Prior to undergoing surgery, you will be asked to take certain steps to ensure optimal healing and recovery. You will be advised to refrain from smoking altogether before and after surgery, as well as refraining from alcohol and other substances for several weeks prior to and after your surgery.
- You’ll be given a list of medications that you should NOT use prior to your surgery
- Be sure your GP or medication provider has approved you to discontinue those medications before you stop taking them
- Your medication provider (GP or other specialists) may need to speak with your Plastic Surgeon to work out the best way to manage your medications before and just after your surgery as some medications increase chances of bleeding, bruising or other complications, but not all medicines can be stopped or stopped suddenly without medical supervision
- You’re ultimately responsible for ensuring your Surgeon is aware of what you are taking or imbibing in terms of alcohol or nicotine and tobacco – honesty is required or you could be putting yourself at risk of a major complication.
What to Do the Day of Your Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedure
Some general tips for preparing for your cosmetic procedure include:
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Arrange for friendly supportive and easy transportation to and from the surgical centre with someone you know well and fully trust
- Refrain from wearing makeup
- Leave your perfumes, accessories and valuables at home
The First Days After Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
Ideally, you’ll want to have a friend or family member with you for at least a day or two (and often a week if possible) after your surgery. They can help to monitor your condition and in general help you in many ways as you may not be feeling like doing much.
It’s important that you get as much rest as possible and take any pain medications that we instruct you to take. Should you notice any undue pain or discomfort, be sure to speak with our team right away. We will help address you many concerns.
You Can Also Consider Non-Surgical Treatments
If you would rather avoid the downtime and recovery period associated with plastic surgery, it’s important that you consider non-surgical skin care and cosmetic treatment as an alternative. These are great options for rejuvenation and skin care enhancement.
These have just been a few of many recovery tips that help accelerate your path to your dream self. If you have any more questions or details on anything above, feel free to contact us on (03) 8849 1464 or send us an enquiry through the form below.