Body contouring plastic surgery may include both upper and lower body procedures, depending on the patient’s needs. The procedure will involve a significant recovery aspect, which is vital to the sustainable success of the cosmetic surgery.
At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about the recovery and the do’s and don’ts to be followed during that period.
If the patient adheres to the surgeon’s recovery instructions, they are likely to achieve a safer and faster recovery. A dedicated surgeon and their team will remain accessible to the patient during the recovery. Remarkable and righteous board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides body contouring surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations.
Immediate Phase after Surgery
Following the surgery, the patient is likely to experience mild pain and soreness in the incision sites for a few days. This can be managed with prescription pain medications given by the surgeon. The incisions will initially be covered in bandages, and later replaced with compression garments to support healing. Temporary drain tubes under the skin may be placed for a few days to collect excess fluid.
In the first week, the bruising in the treated areas will be more pronounced, but will resolve rapidly from the second week. Swelling will dissipate gradually over several weeks, and may linger on for a few months, depending on the extent of body contouring cosmetic surgery performed. Sutures and drains are usually removed around the end of first week.
The surgeon will encourage the patient to perform short walks and light activities at home from the second day of the surgery. This will help promote the blood flow and expedite healing. Ice therapy may be used in the first two days to improve the swelling and gain some relief from pain.
First Month of Recovery
Most patients will be able to go back to their regular routine or return to their workplace in about 10 to 14 days. If only limited body contouring such as liposuction or partial body lift has been performed, the patient may only go through a week’s downtime. In any case, the patient should avoid vigorous activities and lifting of heavy weights during the first three to four weeks.
Before and after the surgery, the patient will be required to avoid smoking and stop the use of blood thinning medications and NSAIDs for a specified time period. Compression garments in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, breasts or upper arms should be diligently worn as instructed by the surgeon to allow the tissue to firm up well.
While the results of lower and upper body contouring are sustainable for a long time, but the procedure is not a substitute for diet or exercise. Weight fluctuations after the surgery can diminish the results over time.
Patients who have plans for a pregnancy in the near term should avoid body contouring surgery. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and other neighborhoods and communities stretching across the landscape for body contouring procedures.