All your incisions will be carefully closed with stitches placed beneath the skin You’ll have very fine scar lines rather than “railroad track” marks. You’ll be able to shower or bathe immediately after surgery. None of the sutures will have to be removed because they simply dissolve.Drainage tubes will be placed. They remain in for 1-4 weeks.
To minimize fluid collection, swelling, and improve your comfort in the treated areas, we ask you to wear an elastic garment (which we provide) for two weeks or more after surgery. The duration depends on the areas and extent of your procedure.
Following abdominoplasty procedures, most patients have mild to moderate discomfort in the first 48-72 hours. Discomfort decreases rapidly thereafter. The extent of discomfort largely depends on the extent of surgery required to reshape the abdomen. We prescribe medication for discomfort as necessary.
Your abdomen will feel tighter as the result of its new shape. The feeling of tightness will decrease over –1-3 weeks as swelling decreases and the tissues become accustomed to their new shape.
It is important to be “up and about” the day following the procedure. The amount of activity we recommend depends on the specific procedure that was required to reshape your abdomen.
You will be able to shower within 2-3 days following surgery, or sooner in some instances.