What to expect
Once you have gone through with your body lift surgery, it is essential to know what to expect post-procedure. To completely overcome the aftereffects, you may need to wait a few months before you are back to normal. However, within the first month and a half, you will feel that any swelling and bruising that you experienced right after the surgery will start to wane.
Complete recovery will depend entirely on your situation, and on how your body feels. But following a few tips may come in handy:
Your diet will make all the difference
Ensure that you are not only looking after your body from the outside but also from the inside. Your body is fighting to adjust to a new shape and scars/sutures take their time to heal. So, it is highly likely that your body is looking for extra sources of energy. A healthy diet, with high proportion of fruits and vegetables, will keep you from being dehydrated and thus tired. Drink lots of water, and opt for a low-sodium diet as this will prevent swelling and water retention.
Do not sleep in a flat position
Prepare for welled up sites
After the surgery, it is common to experience swelling in the areas that have been operated. To reduce this, cold compresses can be used for about 15 to 20 minutes, and this will rid you of pain and any extra swelling that’s giving you discomfort.
Be wary of exposing stitches
Your incisions and stitches will be highly sensitive in the first few days after surgery and so it will help to talk to your doctor before you take hot showers and exposing your stitches to too much dampness, as this may lead to swelling.
Take some times off
Especially true for those who get a lower body lift, at Atlanta plastic surgery, we advise patients to prepare for a good healing process and give your body enough time to recover. In cases where drains are placed, movement is restricted and sometimes painful, and any amount of physical exertion can slow down your recovery. Drains are usually removed after 2 weeks of surgery (sometimes 4) and likewise, incisions take their time to heal.
Therefore, in order to lessen complications, it is suggested that work be set aside for a few weeks till your body is up and about in its new youthful form!