A body lift is a surgical procedure and requires recovery of four to six weeks depending on your age and general health and ability to heal. Always follow your surgeon and medical team’s advice for recovery and consider these tips that will help you feel and look better during and after the recovery process.
Things expand when warm and contract when cool. For this reason, you’ll want to avoid those deliciously hot showers after your surgery. This is especially important where you have healing incisions but you really don’t want anything to swell during recovery. For this reason, you’ll also want to apply cold compresses. These reduce swelling and pain and can aid in healing. Follow your doctor’s orders about how long, and frequently, to apply cold compresses to incision sites.
Take it Easy
If you’ve lost weight and had a body lift to rid yourself of extra skin it can be tempting to get back to exercising as soon as possible. Remember, though, you just had surgery and your body needs to heal and recover. Gyms put you at risk not just for disrupting healing incisions but also contracting germs. Four to six weeks is the general rule when it comes to returning to exercise but your doctor will be the one to release you to exercise.
Bandages and Incision-Site Care
Your surgeons will give you strict instructions for cleaning your incision-site and changing bandages. Follow these to a tee. If you have drains there will be extra steps that you should follow to avoid any issues.
Watch Your Healing
If you notice unusual redness, swelling or rash around incision sites, report these to your doctor immediately. This can be a sign of infection and you’ll want to start a course of antibiotics immediately. Wounds will weep and itch, but you should not develop much redness and definitely not a rash. Pus at the incision site is also a warning sign to report.
Take Medications as Directed
You’ll be given pain killers that you should take according to directions. You may be given antibiotics right away or if healing is disrupted. Do not stop taking antibiotics if you start to feel better before the full course is completed. Take these for the time listed on the bottle.
Body lift surgery is common, and most people heal quickly and easily. Following these tips and listening to your doctor can help speed up the process and keep it as comfortable as possible. If you’re looking for a body lift, trust Luxxery Boutique to get the job done. Our team is made up of extremely experienced individuals that will make sure you get the best results possible. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!