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Preparing for Body Contouring Surgery

Preparing for Body Contouring Surgery | Dallas Plastic SurgeryBody contouring procedure over the years has emerged as one of the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedures in the US.

Safety and success rates in this procedure have dramatically improved, but a pre-condition is that the procedure must be preceded by a thorough preparation process in order to create predictable and desirable outcomes.

Well-prepared patients will typically have more confidence about the surgery, and will go through the surgery as well as recovery phases with reduced risk.

At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will provide detailed guidelines for pre-op preparation to the patient. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides body contouring surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations across the horizon.

 

Preparation Guidelines

The patient should follow a few basic preparatory guidelines in order to improve their chances of a smooth and successful body contouring cosmetic surgery as well as post-operative recovery. These include:

  • Arrange for the patient’s health records to be sent directly to the surgeon’s office for their review.
  • Prepare an exhaustive list of all prescription and non-prescription medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins, which the patient may be presently using.
  • Follow the surgeon’s advice regarding any change in the schedule of current medications, which may involve a consultation with the prescribing physician.
  • Strictly avoid smoking for a few weeks as instructed by the surgeon prior to the scheduled body contouring procedure.
  • Complete any pressing office or household tasks well ahead of the scheduled surgery in order to have a stress-free procedure and recovery.
  • If necessary, arrange for a caregiver or a friend or family member to assist during the first few days following the surgery.

Patients who are committed to adhering to the surgeon’s instructions for pre-op preparation and recovery will have a reduce risk of complications and may experience a faster recovery.

 

Common Instructions

The surgeon’s office may provide a common set of instructions to the patient as a part of the standard body contouring preparation process. These may include:

  • Refrain from using blood thinning medications such as aspirin and NSAIDs for about two weeks prior to the surgery.
  • Do not take vitamin E, vitamin C, and herbal supplements or dietary pills for about a month before the surgery.
  • Minimize alcohol use and completely abstain for at least 48 hours prior to the surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours before the scheduled time of surgery.
  • Take adequate rest and sleep early on the night before the surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup, jewelry, nail paint, body piercings, or contact lenses to the surgery center.
  • On the day of the procedure, wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes with front buttons.
  • Patients of diabetes should have their vital parameters checked on the morning of the surgery.

If the patient has any last-minute questions or concerns, they should feel free to discuss with the surgeon prior to the scheduled procedure. Committed and judicious board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas for body contouring surgery.

To schedule a consultation with Board Certified Dallas Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Farah Khan please call 469-437-5426 or click here to contact us.

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Your Body Contouring Consultation

Your Body Contouring Consultation | Dallas Plastic SurgeryBody contouring is a major cosmetic surgery that must be preceded by a comprehensive consultation process to create a strong foundation for a successful procedure.

The patient will have an opportunity during the consultation to learn about the vital aspects of body contouring as well as the surgeon’s practice. They can clear all their doubts and concerns during the consultation and make an educated decision.

During the consultation, the surgeon will seek the patient’s inputs about their current health status and personal cosmetic goals, which will be used to create a personalized body contouring surgery plan. The consultation should preferably be scheduled well ahead of the actual surgery in order to provide for enough time for the patient to prepare for it.

Adroit and spectacular board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides body contouring procedures among a host of surgeries for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Khan will objectively determine the patient’s candidacy during the consultation and create a customized surgical plan. She provides body contouring to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations in this part of the country.

 

Health Evaluation

One of the key aspects of the pre-operative consultation process in body contouring surgery is to assess the patient’s current health status. To sustain this major cosmetic surgery, which may require general anesthesia, the patient should be in a reasonably healthy and fit condition.

During the consultation, the surgeon will go through the patient’s medical history as well as conduct a general physical exam. In some cases, they may order a few medical tests to determine candidacy.

 

Disclosure of Facts

The patient should be prepared during the consultation to disclose all relevant facts pertaining to their health and lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking or drugs. The ideal approach would be to make a list of all the prescription, non-prescription and recreational drugs that the patient may be currently using, and carry the list to the surgeon’s office for the consultation.

 

Anatomical Evaluation

During the consultation, the surgeon will make an anatomical evaluation of the targeted sites in the body, and assess the patient’s skin type, thickness of skin, tissue laxity, and the laxity of underlying muscles. Some patients may require skin tightening as well as liposuction, while some others may only need excess skin removal.

 

Customized Surgery Plan

Depending on the patient’s overall health and their anatomical and personal cosmetic requirements, the surgeon will develop a customized body contouring plan tailored to meet those unique needs.

They will choose the appropriate surgical technique, identify the location and size of planned incisions, and determine the amount of correction required. An in-depth consultation process enables the surgeon to prepare a surgical plan that can deliver targeted results in a less invasive way.

 

Other Tasks

Other tasks during the initial body contouring consultation may include taking images of the patient’s current appearance of affected body sites, sharing before and after photos of past patients, and providing detailed instructions about pre-op preparation and post-op recovery. Outstanding board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for body contouring surgery.

To schedule a consultation with Board Certified Dallas Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Farah Khan please call 469-437-5426 or click here to contact us.

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Body Contouring Risks and Safety

Body Contouring Risks and Safety | Dallas Plastic Surgery Body contouring cosmetic surgery procedures can redefine the shape and contours of the lower or upper body or both, depending on the patient’s needs.

Like any other surgery, body contouring will have certain potential risks and complications associated with it. The surgeon will create an appropriate surgical plan to minimize the risk while focusing on achieving the patient’s cosmetic goals.

During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will apprise the patient of the risks and safety aspects of body contouring surgery. Their first concern will be help the patient make a well-considered decision. Astute and stellar board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides body contouring and various other procedures to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities and suburbs across the horizon.

 

Common Risks

Body contouring typically involves removal of loose skin as well as reduction of stubborn fat pockets in targeted areas of the body. Some of the common post-operative risks in body contouring cosmetic surgery may include:

 

Bruising and Inflammation

Bruising and swelling in the treated areas is likely to occur as a response to the trauma of skin and fat reduction. The bruising may last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the extent of surgery performed, the number of treated sites, and the surgical approach adopted by the surgeon. Swelling will usually last for months, but will reduce progressively. Compression garments can help to mitigate the effects of inflammation and swelling.

 

Numbness or Altered Skin Sensation

Sensitivity in the skin around the incision sites may reduce temporarily due to tissue modification. In a few cases, complete numbness in the local area may occur. A few patients may have to go through a long recovery period for the restoration of normal sensation. In rare instance, the sensation loss may be permanent.

 

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions may occur in a few patients due to the exposure to anesthesia, gauze, tape or other materials involved during the body contouring procedure. Common reactions may include rashes, redness, itchiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coughing or congestion. If the patient has a known history of allergies, they should talk to the surgeon during the initial consultation.

 

Wound Separation

A large incision may sometimes pull apart after the body contouring surgery. The surgeon must carefully suture the wounds and correct aftercare must be followed in order to minimize this risk. While wound separation is not a serious health hazard, it can extend the healing time and require additional bandaging to close the wound.

 

Seroma

Buildup of fluid in the tissue pockets along the incision areas may occur in a few cases. Fluid accumulation risks are countered by placing surgical drain tubes and using compression garments. However, in a rare case, if a patient still experiences seroma following body contouring procedure, they may need surgical removal of the fluid.

Extremely rare risks include skin necrosis, deep vein thrombosis and excessive bleeding, while infection is a common risk. Fantastic and diligent board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas in The Lone Star State for body contouring surgery and other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

To schedule a consultation with Board Certified Dallas Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Farah Khan please call 469-437-5426 or click here to contact us.

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