Bonnie J. Baldwin, M.D.
Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Office (713) 791-1975
Fax (713) 796-2583
ABDOMINOPLASTY POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
1.
Wear abdominal binder or support garment for 6 weeks after your surgery. It helps support
the abdomen and lower back post-operatively and prevents accumulation of fluid.
2.
Continue to wear TED hose for 5 days post-operatively as this will decrease the potential for
formation of a deep vein thrombosis.
3.
If you have a drain in place, you cannot shower until the drain is removed. The drain will be
removed when output is less than 30cc per drain within a 24 hour period.
4.
You will be restricted from driving for 10 to 14 days following surgery or until your drains
are removed, whichever occurs last.
5.
You may shower after the drain is removed.
Replace support garment immediately.
6.
Rest is important in the early stages of healing. Sleep and relax with your upper body
elevated at a 45-degree angle and with a pillow under your knees for support. This position
eliminates stress on the incision and may reduce swelling.
7.
You will have steri-strips covering your incision. During the first 3 weeks, steri-strips are
changed at each post-operative visit.
Sutures are placed under the skin and may not be visible
except for the tail ends which extend from knots at various points of the incision. At your
three week post-op visit the steri-strips will be removed and the suture ends will be trimmed.
8.
Bruising will be visible after your surgery.
This is normal and may be present for 7 to 10
days.
9.
Avoid exercising for
6 weeks
as this may contribute to bleeding and increased swelling of
tissues. However, periodic light walking is important as you recover. Walk for about 10
minutes indoors every 2 hours. After the drains are removed you can walk outdoors.
10.
Take your medication as prescribed. You can also incorporate a daily multi-vitamin.
11.
You will be required to follow-up in our office after surgery to monitor your progress and to
ensure the best result possible
12.
Please immediately report an elevation in temperature, sudden swelling or discoloration of
the surgical site, excessive bleeding or discharge from the incision or any signs of infection.
We want your aesthetic surgery experience to be a positive one. Should you have further
questions please contact the office during office hours, Monday through Thursday 8:30 A.M.
until 4:30 P.M. and Friday 8:30 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The answering service will direct your call
to Dr. Baldwin or her associate.