The body contouring recovery process can vary considerably based on the type(s) of procedure(s) performed, as well as other factors that are unique to a patient. For the most complete and accurate information, individuals who are interested in this type of elective surgery should consult with an experienced surgeon who can provide detailed information on what to expect with regard to both the procedure and the healing process. For more than 20 years, patients throughout the Tampa, FL, area have entrusted their body contouring surgery to Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery.
In general, Dr. Greenwald advises his patients in Tampa, Florida, to expect the body contouring recovery process to continue for at least three months before the overall aesthetic results become apparent. This should allow adequate time for any residual swelling to resolve. It’s also important to note that many body contouring procedures require significant incisions, which typically heal in three dynamic phases: inflammation, repair, and tissue remodeling. The remodeling phase can last up to 12 months, during which the visible scars will gradually begin to fade.
During the body contouring recovery period:
- The surgical incisions will be covered with dressings or bandages, which should remain in place until Dr. Greenwald advises otherwise.
- An elastic compression garment may be recommended to reduce swelling and maintain the new skin contours as they heal.
- To help manage discomfort and prevent infection, pain relievers and antibiotic medications may be prescribed.
- Activities will be restricted; light walking is always beneficial, but additional exercise will likely be discouraged until the healing process progresses to a certain point (as determined by Dr. Greenwald).
- Soreness, swelling and bruising may be present for two to three weeks following surgery.
- Many people are able to return to work within two to four weeks (depending on the physical demands of their jobs).
When planning a patient’s surgery, Dr. Greenwald’s office typically schedules follow-up visits in advance. However, he instructs his patients to contact him immediately if they experience heavy bleeding, severe pain, or other unusual symptoms during the body contouring recovery process.
With regard to the longevity of the results of body contouring surgery, a major factor is weight fluctuation. For this reason, Dr. Greenwald advises his patients to delay body contouring procedures until they have maintained a healthy, stable body weight for a minimum of 12 months. If a patient is able to maintain his or her weight after surgery, long-lasting results may be achieved.
Patients in the Tampa, FL, area who are interested in learning more about body contouring surgery and recovery can call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199.