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Body Lift Surgery

Body Lift

Tips for Recovering from Body Lift

  • It may be difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Try placing two pillows behind your back and one beneath the knees, as this is an optimal position to support blood flow back in the legs. Keep your knees bent about 5 to 10 degrees.
  • It is important to be up walking at least 3 times per day for at least 20 minutes each time. This promotes circulation in the legs and lessens the risk of clot formation in the legs.
  • Stay well hydrated after surgery.
  • Maintain a stable balanced diet following surgery. It is important that you have adequate nutrition to heal the extensive incisions associated with a body lift.
  • Clean your incisions 2 times a day and apply and thin coat of antibiotic ointment using a Q-tip (specifically prescribed by your surgeon).
  • Do not put fake nails in contact with incisions, as they harbor bacteria.
  • Record the output from your drains daily. This will be important information for your surgeon to determine when the drains should be pulled.
  • You will be instructed how to strip your drains. It is important that you do so at least 2 times per day; this keeps them open and draining to prevent fluid collections beneath the skin (seroma).
  • While compression garments are good, constricting garments are not. Your garments should not be so tight as to impair circulation.
  • Lymphatic massage by a trained massage therapist helps to get the swelling out of the skin faster.
  • Keep skin moist and well hydrated with a hypoallergenic moisturizer. This helps to promote its elasticity.
  • There should be no heavy lifting until decided upon by your surgeon. This could put strain on your incisions and the muscle-tightening portions of your procedure, causing them to disrupt.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and use sun block liberally. Remember that until the skin regains full sensitivity, it is difficult to detect sunburn.
  • Ask about methods to minimize your scarring by using treatments such as bleaching creams, silicone gels, and intense pulse light.
  • Avoid aggressive exercise protocols for at least 6 to 8 weeks. Dr. Spence will inform you when you may resume exercise