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Body After Care Instructions

Abdominoplasty/Braquiplasty/Postbariatric Surgery/Thigplasty/Tummy Tuck

Our goal is to make your surgical experience and recovery comfortable and pleasant. Paying careful attention to the written and verbal instructions provided to you by Dr. Harris and his staff will help you to achieve these goals.

General Information:

It is important to remember that after surgery it is normal to have some bruising and swelling. Most of this resolves within 10-14 days after surgery, depending on the procedure that was performed. Too much activity increases the risk of complications.

General Care Instructions:

  1. Avoid strenuous exercise and straining for at least two weeks after your procedure. Ask your doctor before starting back with any sports activity.
  2. You may take a full shower the day after surgery (avoid hot water or steam), removing all bandages and start wearing the girdle for at least 4 weeks.
  3. Most patients experience very little pain following this procedure. You should not, however, hesitate to take the prescribed pain medication at least during 3 days after surgery. You have to take the Antibiotic for at least 7 days after your surgery, to prevent any infection.

    It is important not to take aspirin medications or anti-inflammatory preparations for two weeks before and after surgery. You should take only the medications prescribed by the Doctor. ARNICA Gel is recommended to help reduce the swelling and bruising. A firming lotion is also recommended after the surgery.
  4. You should rest for at least five days after surgery, remember that the first 48 hours are the most important to prevent any complication. You should not lift or attempt to move heavy objects for two weeks after surgery.
  5. Avoid heat or sun exposure for a better resolution of the swelling.
  6. Avoid pull-over type clothing. Loose fitting clothing that buttons up the front is generally the best.
  7. You should immediately report any of the following to the doctor or his staff.
    • Temperature greater than 100.5 °F ( 38 °Centigrade).
    • Bright red drainage that does not stop.
    • Severe pain that is not controlled by medications.
  8. Please make an appointment to remove the drain and stitches a week after surgery. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Harris.
  9. Smoking reduces the Oxygen carrying capacity of your blood vessels and thus should be completely avoided.

Your care is most important to us, If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call anytime Dr. Alfredo Harris at USA (619) 571-6125 in Mexico (664) 683-2692 or e-mail: