General Post-Op Guidelines
An important factor to consider for any surgical procedure is recovery. At your first pre-op, you will receive a printed packet regarding proper aftercare that is tailored to your surgical procedure. Your aftercare includes the instructions you need to follow to ensure you have a smooth recovery. A nurse will go over everything with you in detail, but here we provide some general guidelines so you know what to expect after your surgery.
Surgery Specific Post-Op Guidelines
You will want to sleep with a few pillows behind your head and under your knees. We strongly recommend renting an electric recliner for the first month. For the first month, we will ask that you continue to wear your garment and foam. If you wish to wear something that provides support for a while longer, you can switch to a Spanx-like garment after that time. You may use scar cream once your incisions are completely healed, which is generally four weeks after surgery.
What Else You Need to Know
As a general rule of thumb after your procedure, you should avoid the ocean, pools, hot tubs, and sauna while you have open incisions. Also, it’s important to know that for any surgical procedure, if you develop an open area, please call the office immediately. Do NOT pour or clean it with alcohol or peroxide and do NOT use any ointments unless prescribed by your physician.
Supplies for Your Post-Op Recovery
To make recovery easier for you, there are some supplies we recommend you should have on hand before surgery as you may need them after. We’ve linked our recommended choices below, but you do not have to purchase these exact products if you find similar options that you prefer. Our recommended supplies include:
- ABD (Abdominal) Pads
- Chucks Pads
- Paper Tape
- High Wasted Shapewear Shorts
- High Wasted Shapewear Leggings
This is a general list and does not include everything you may need. For a complete list of supplies, ask a nurse or your provider.
Helping You Towards a Full Recovery
By following these instructions, you should be able to see and enjoy your full results six months after your surgery. If you have any questions about your post-op instructions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our providers are available to give you the guidance you need to help you towards a full recovery.