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Liposuction Post-OP Instructions

If you develop nausea/vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness please contact the office. We can assist in relieving this.

Activity

Do not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds and no vigorous activity for two weeks.

Care

  • Change your dressings “Kotex pad” over the incision sites as needed. It is normal to have moderate amounts of bloody drainage from the incision site for 48 – 72 hours.
  • Foam(Reston) may have been applied directly to your skin to help with compression, if you can tolerate it, please leave it on for 4-5 days.
  • Replace garment/binder after each dressing change. For best results you will need to wear your garment/binder continuously except to shower.

Bathing

You may shower 2 days after surgery. If you have foam, pat it dry or use a blow dryer on low heat.

Diet

Eat light healthy foods the evening after your surgery. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Always remember to have something in your stomach when taking pain medicine.

Appearance

Bruising and swelling is to be expected. If your skin feels dry you may apply fragrance-free lotion.

Follow-Up

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We will call you the day after surgery and schedule your follow-up appointment at that time.

Watch For Signs Of Infection

  1. Increased redness in the area.
  2. Increased drainage, especially if it has a pus-like appearance or foul odor.
  3. Increased pain unrelieved with your pain medication.
  4. Your oral temperature goes above 100.4 degrees.

Abdominoplasty Post-OP Instructions

If you develop nausea/vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness please contact the office.
We can assist in relieving this.

  • Bed should be flexed at all times (abdominoplasty) because of abdominal wall tightening
    & skin excision.
  • Change dressing (kotex/abd pads) over liposuction sites as needed.
  • Clean incision areas 2-3 times a day – reapply gauze bandages.
  • Must assist with out-of-bed activities/dressing patient.
  • Empty drains and record output of each drain separately.

Suture Care

  1. Clean the area(s) three times daily with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and distilled
    water, using a 4×4 Gauge, until your sutures are removed.
  2. Apply one of the following ointments: Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Polysporin.
  3. Cover with gauze.
  4. Stay out of the sun for 1 to 2 days after the sutures have been removed. Thereafter, protect from the sun with SPF-30 or greater. This should be continued for up to one (1) year.

Watch For Signs Of Infection

  1. Increased redness in the area.
  2. Increased drainage, especially if it has a pus-like appearance or foul odor.
  3. Increased pain unrelieved with your pain medication.
  4. Your oral temperature goes above 100.4 degrees.

Calf Augmentation Post-OP Instructions

If you develop nausea/vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness please contact the office. We can assist in relieving this.

Activity

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Refrain from vigorous activity for 3-4 weeks.
  • Keep calves elevated when possible.

Incision Site

  • Wear the ace wraps 24 hrs a day for 4 weeks
  • The incisions will be taped with steri-strips. Leave these in place until they fall off themselves or need to be changed.

Bathing

  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery (or the 2nd day). You may not submerge in water.

Diet

  • You may eat regular food as tolerated.

Pain

  • The maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery.

Appearance

  • You will have bruising and swelling of the calves and possibly ankles.
  • Most of the discoloration and swelling will subside in 2-3 weeks.
  • The scars will be reddened and angry looking for 6-12 months. After that time they will fade and soften.

Suture Care

  1. Clean the area(s) three times daily with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water using a 4×4 gauze until your sutures are removed.
  2. Apply one of the following ointments: Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Polysporin.
  3. Cover with gauze.
  4. Stay out of the sun for 1 to 2 days after the sutures have been removed. Thereafter, protect from the sun with SPF-30 or greater. This should be continued for up to one (1) year.

Watch For Signs Of Infection

  1. Increased redness in the area.
  2. Increased drainage, especially if it has a pus-like appearance or foul odor.
  3. Increased pain unrelieved with your pain medication.
  4. Your oral temperature goes above 100.4 degrees.

Brachioplasty Post-OP Instructions

  • Clean incision areas 2-3 times a day – reapply gauze bandages.
  • Must assist with out-of-bed activities/dressing patient.
  • Empty drains and record output of each drain separately.

Suture Care

  1. Clean the area(s) three times daily with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water using a 4×4 gauze until your sutures are removed.
  2. Apply one of the following ointments: Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Polysporin.
  3. Cover with gauze.
  4. Stay out of the sun for 1 to 2 days after the sutures have been removed. Thereafter, protect from the sun with SPF-30 or greater. This should be continued for up to one (1) year.

Watch For Signs Of Infection

  1. Increased redness in the area.
  2. Increased drainage, especially if it has a pus-like appearance or foul odor.
  3. Increased pain unrelieved with your pain medication.
  4. Your oral temperature goes above 100.4 degrees.

Thighplasty Post-OP Instructions

If you develop nausea/vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness please contact the office.
We can assist in relieving this.

  1. Bed should be flexed at all times (30 degrees)
  2. Change dressing (kotex pads) over liposuction sites as needed to avoid garment soilage.
  3. If you have Foam (Reston), do not remove it – unless skin is irritated/blistering (then carefully remove immediately).
  4. Replace all wraps/binder after dressing change.
  5. Bed rest until following day.
  6. Must assist with out-of-bed activities/dressing patient.
  7. Empty drains and record output of each drain separately.

Suture Care

  1. Clean the area(s) three times daily with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water using a 4×4 gauze until your sutures are removed.
  2. Apply one of the following ointments: Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Polysporin.
  3. Cover with gauze.
  4. Stay out of the sun for 1 to 2 days after the sutures have been removed. Thereafter, protect from the sun with SPF-30 or greater. This should be continued for up to one (1) year.

Watch For Signs Of Infection

  1. Increased redness in the area.
  2. Increased drainage, especially if it has a pus-like appearance or foul odor.
  3. Increased pain unrelieved with your pain medication.
  4. Your oral temperature goes above 100.4 degrees.

Gluteal Augmentation Post-OP Instructions

If you develop nausea/vomiting, dizziness or lightheadedness please contact the office. We can assist in relieving this.

Activity

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Refrain from vigorous activity for 3-4 weeks.

Incision Site

  • Wear the ace wraps 24 hrs a day for 4 weeks.
  • The incisions will be taped with steri-strips. Leave these in place until they fall off themselves or need to be changed.

Bathing

  • You may shower 48 hours after surgery (or the 2nd day). You may not submerge in water.

Diet

  • You may eat regular food as tolerated.

Pain

  • The maximum discomfort will occur in the first few days after surgery.

Appearance

  • You will have bruising and swelling of the buttocks and possibly thighs.
  • Most of the discoloration and swelling will subside in 2-3 weeks.
  • The scars will be reddened and angry looking for 6-12 months. After that time they will fade and soften.

Suture Care

  1. Clean the area(s) three times daily with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water using a 4×4 gauze until your sutures are removed.
  2. Apply one of the following ointments: Neosporin, Bacitracin, or Polysporin.
  3. Cover with gauze.
  4. Stay out of the sun for 1 to 2 days after the sutures have been removed. Thereafter, protect from the sun with SPF-30 or greater. This should be continued for up to one (1) year.

Watch For Signs Of Infection

  1. Increased redness in the area.
  2. Increased drainage, especially if it has a pus-like appearance or foul odor.
  3. Increased pain unrelieved with your pain medication.
  4. Your oral temperature goes above 100.4 degrees.


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