Body contour surgery is a very broad discipline, since it encompasses all the surgery of the body (abdomen, breasts, hip, arms, buttocks, thighs, etc.). The success of this surgery lies not only in reducing excess surplus skin, but in providing tone, tension and balance to body relief.
There are two types of post-bariatric surgery:
- Body Lift Superior, aimed at correcting arms, chest and breasts.
- Lower Body Lift if it is intended to correct abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
Among the surgical procedures, we highlight:
- Belt Lipectomy
- Torso Lipectomy
- Thigh Lift
- Lifting of arms
- Breast surgery
- Gynecomastia Correction
- Facial surgery
- Cosmetic Surgery
- Radio Frequency
Patients are evaluated in consensus by the medical team who will advise the most appropriate procedures for each patient, explaining extensively the foreseeable results and possible complications.
WHO CAN BE SUBMITTED TO POST-BARIATRIC PLASTIC SURGERY?
Ideal candidates are patients with excess skin, preferably young and healthy, who have stabilized their weight. Those patients who are still in the weight loss phase should postpone surgery.
Surgical interventions are always performed in a hospital with safety features for the patient. It takes two or three days of hospital stay, depending on the procedure.
The most used type of anesthesia to perform these surgeries is general anesthesia, during which the patient will be asleep until the surgery ends.
At the end of the procedure, the patient is transfered to recovery room where is monitored by nurses and the anesthesiologist until he/she is considered satisfactory to be in his/her room.
Wash your entire body through the front and back, three consecutive nights before surgery with the Betadine Foam shampoo, and order the garment that you should wear for 15 days after the operation. At the office we will give you more information on how to get it. (Click on http://www.caromed.us/product/full-body-compression-suit/ to know this type of garments). Wear comfortable clothes, which are zippered or buttons, and not closed, for your convenience.
Do not take aspirin or aspirin products 2 to 3 weeks before. Click on Non-Recommended Drugs, for more information.
Fasting on the day of your surgery. At least you must have 8 hours without food to be able to be securely operated upon.
Go straight to your house and stay home for 24 to 48 hours, being able to get up to the bathroom and all three meals with help. The first night you can drink liquids by sips, and progressively increase to soft diet. If you do not have nausea, you can eat normally. You should be resting with pillows under your knees and with a slightly raised back.
You can get up to the bathroom to your physiological needs from the second day onwards, and from the first day you should at least do exercises with your legs, to avoid problems with your veins. Be careful not to get up abruptly and stretch completely during the first week. You will require assistance this first week.
When leaving your operation, you will come out with a compression garment that I will previously select for you (http://www.caromed.us/product/full-body-compression-suit/) Rest, and if necessary, analgesic medication, will calm any pain associated with surgery.
Do not take aspirin or aspirin derivatives until one month after your surgery. You should eat as healthy as possible: cooked vegetables, chicken, fish without skin, grilled, cooked or baked, but not fried, or breaded; Fruits, non-citric natural juices, avoid irritating, spicy, or fattty foods or high in sugar. For more information, see my section on Health and Plastic Surgery in this website.
You are not allowed to drink alcohol or beer while taking medications, and for any questions or concerns, please contact my cell phone or the office. You can consult Non-Recommended Medications for more details.
You will leave the operating room with drainage tubes, one on each side of your body, which will collect liquid from inside your operation into a rubber bulb. These drains are not painful, and you need to be careful not to pull them or allow them to get dirty. They will be withdrawn within 6 to 7 days, and their withdrawal is not painful. Once removed, there will be no method to aspirate the liquids that are still produced inside your operation, so I always recommend at this time, rest, use your compression strap for a few more days, and decrease fluid intake. Once checked 4 to 6 days later, you can return to drink normal amounts of water.
After about 10 days, when all the sutures have been removed, you can give yourself a normal shower. Before this time, only sponge baths are recommended, and the greatest rest possible, raising you to three meals and to the bathroom, but not necessarily to be all day in your bedroom. You will notice that the pubic hair will be somewhat pulled up; This is normal and will decrease as the healing forces stabilize (approximately from the month onwards).
It is important to emphasize that you should not have intimate relationships or lift heavy objects, carry your baby, or pick up very high objects for at least three weeks, or until you are told personally, as this would result in serious scarring, inflammation, and bleeding or opening of your closure areas.
You can drive from 15 or 20 days onwards, if your follow up is adequate, but for small periods.
I will need to take pictures before and after your surgery to help us plan your surgical procedure, and record your progress and compare details and results. These photos never reveal the face of the patient and thanks to them is that you probably could make the decision to operate, so they will stay with us for your file.
Avoid sun, hot foods, hot baths or be near hot for a week.
To view some cases of surgery performed, click (Photo Gallery)
Any questions can be answered on my Office phone number, 684-2551, (US: (619) 730-1917 or on the phone, 664-283-0976.
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I wish you an excellent experience in your Plastic Surgery and a prompt recovery.