Your weight loss regime has been successful, you have finally lost all that weight and you feel good about it. Despite loosing all that weight there is something that is still lingering on and that is the excess sagging skin on the lower half of your body. This usually happens when someone has lost a significant amount of weight. Despite feeling good and proud about the weight loss having excess sagging skin can take a toll on you both physically and emotionally.
In order for you to achieve your desired body you can opt for a lower body lift which is also known as a belt lipectomy. A lower body lift surgery takes care of excess skin on the thighs, groin , buttocks and around the abdomen. Lower body lift surgery is quite extensive and requires incisions depending on the size of the excess skin being removed and its location. It is because of this that the recovery period can take a while hence you will need all the tips to make the process as comfortable as possible.
The procedure id normally performed under general anesthesia but local anesthesia and sedation may sometimes be used. A hospital stay of about 2 days after the surgery is required due to the extensiveness of the surgery.
Here are some of the things to expect while recovering from a lower body lift surgery;
Immediately after the procedure you will most likely experience general discomfort and swelling at the incision site. To ease the swelling and discomfort the incision sites will be wrapped in elastic bandages or compression garments and pain medication will be given. Drainage tubes will be inserted at the incision sites so as to collect any excess fluid.
You will be encouraged to start walking as soon as possible in order to encourage blood flow and to minimize the risk of blood clots and other complications. Avoid straining, bending and lifting but generally limit your activities to a minimum for a few days after the surgery. You will still experience swelling and pain but the pain medication should take care of it. If during the surgery the thighs and abdomen were tightened then you should avoid standing upright and elevate your knees with pillows while sleeping. You are still required to wear the compression garments at all times except while taking a shower.
The swelling and bruising will still be there but the incisions should have began to heal hence the compression garment will be removed at this point. You can return to work at this point depending on your occupation but you are still required to keep your daily activities to a minimum and avoid heavy lifting.
The swelling will by this time have gone down but not completely. You can begin to increase your activity levels slowly. Your surgeon should guide you on the dos and don’ts at this point depending on how well you are healing.
The swelling will have dropped by about 75% and you can return to more strenuous activities by now. It can however take a couple of more weeks to see the full results of the lower body lift surgery.
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