Body Post-Op Instructions

Post-op Instructions Drain Care


SHOWERING:

  • Attach the drainage tubes to your clothing so that the bottles are not pulling on your skin.
  • Remove bandages.

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Abdominoplasty Postoperative Instructions

  • You will see your physician approximately five to seven days following your surgery.
  • You will feel immediate tightness of the skin and muscles. There should be mild diffuse swelling, general soreness to moderate pain, and increased pain with getting up and down. You may have bulb drains – they should have watery pink to red drainage. Your appetite will be decreased. You may walk bent over depending on how elastic your tissues are. There will be numbness of the lower abdominal skin. You may have mild temperature elevation.

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Compression Garments

After having liposuction, absorbent pads placed within a compression garment will be put on you at the end of your surgery. This garment MUST be worn over the treated areas to control swelling and bleeding, and to help your skin shrink to fit your new contour.

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Liposuction Postoperative Instructions

  • You will see your physician approximately five to seven days following your surgery.
  • You will experience some discomfort after liposuction, however, it should be relieved by pain medication. It is common to experience a moderate amount of bloody drainage from incision sites the first few days. The drainage may soil your garment, so take steps to protect your car seats for the ride home and your bed linens as well. The pads/compression garment will compress your skin, help minimize bruising, and control drainage.

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