Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may be required to stay overnight in a hospital while we monitor your initial recovery. You will experience bruising, swelling, and redness. Drains will be placed to prevent fluid buildup. Most patients will wear compression garments to minimize swelling and facilitate the healing process. You will need to limit your physical activity for several weeks following your procedure.
The exact length of your recovery will depend on the extent of correction needed. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their surgery. Resuming your regular exercise routine may take four to six weeks. Depending on your surgery, most major swelling should begin to subside after six to eight weeks. After this time, your final results should become apparent.
Every patient heals differently, and many factors determine whether you will have visible scarring. Since body contouring surgery after weight loss involves lengthy incisions, it is likely that patients will develop visible scarring. When possible, incisions are placed in easily concealable locations. While the chances are that some scarring may occur, most weight-loss patients feel that the contouring benefits of the procedure outweigh the scar, which will likely fade over time.
You may experience some mild discomfort in the first few days following your procedure. A numbing medicine will be injected while you’re in the operating room to minimize discomfort during the first four days after your surgery. Pain can also be controlled using a prescribed oral medication and should subside after a few days.
The exact cost of body contouring surgeries varies depending on surgical, anesthesia, and facility fees as well as the technique used and the extent of correction needed. Dr. Wilson will provide you with your custom quote during your consultation.
Patients who maintain a stable weight following their surgery achieve results that are long lasting. Weight loss or weight gain following your surgery can cause additional fat or skin to form and affect the quality of your results.