Post-operative : Abdominoplasty

When you get home

 You can expect to have some pain and feel that your abdomen is tight. To help you rest comfortably, follow these instructions:

  1. Take extra strength Tylenol every 4 hours
  2. Take an anti-nausea medication such a Gravol 30 minutes prior to taking your prescribed pain medication
  3. Take the pain medication as prescribed
  4. Take your antibiotics as prescribed
  5. Keep your garment on
  6. Stay in a semi sitting position (flexed) even when sleeping
  7. Empty your drains as was shown to you by the nurses
  8. Drink a lot of fluids

Please communicate with us immediately if you have:

  • Fever over 38.5 Celsius
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Hallucinations or unusual behavior
  • Pain that is not controlled by medications
  • Excessive bleeding or drainage from your incisions
  • Pain or swelling of one calf
  • Inability to urinate

The day after surgery

 You can expect that your pain will start diminishing after 72 hours

  • Swelling may increase over the first two days

Healing and follow up

  • You will be swollen for 4-6 weeks
  • You must continue to wear your garment during this time
  • You won’t be able to straighten out for 5-7 days until your skin stretches
  • It is recommended to rest for at least 1-2 weeks
  • You will have a follow up with Dr. Gdalevitch between 1 and 2 weeks
  • The drains will be removed between 1 and 2 weeks
  • You will not appreciate your final result for at least 2 months. Scars will continue to improve and face over 1- 2 years.
  • You will not see the final result before 1 month. Scarring continues to improve for 6 months to a year.