Post Op Instructions for Liposuction After Care
Plastic Surgery Instructions (Liposuction):
-During the first 3 weeks wear your abdominal binder at all times except when showering
-Ok to shower starting 48 hrs after surgery
-Ok to remove the gauze pads (4×4’s) 24hrs after surgery. Leave the tape underneath the gauze in place.
-For the first few days after surgery you may notice some oozing from your incisions. This is normal and usually stop within 2-3 days.
-You may change the gauze pads (4×4’s) or ABD pads over the incisions if your wound is oozing/leaking but do not remove the tape that is covering the incision.
-Take your pain medication with food. This can be with as little as a few crackers. This will help prevent nausea.
-Smoking causes multiple wound healing complications. It is very important that you do not smoke and you are not around people that smoke for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Second hand smoke is just as harmful as if you were to smoke.
-You can resume driving when you are off all pain medications, have full range of motion of your arms, and feel safe to react quickly in an emergency.
-Be sure to walk at least 300 yards daily. This can be broken up in multiple short trips. It is OK and recommended that you walk more than the minimum of 300 yards. This will help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT’s/Blood Clots) and Pulmonary Embolisms (PE’s).
Call the office immediately if you have:
-A high fever (over 101F), severe nausea and vomiting, continued dizziness or incoherent behavior, such as hallucinations.
-Any pain that cannot be controlled by your pain medication.
-Bright red skin that is hot to the touch.
-Excessive bleeding at anytime or fluid seeping through the incisions after a few days.