How to Prepare for a Body Lift
A body lift procedure is a great option to contour the body and get rid of unsightly sagging skin. It is a comprehensive surgery that addresses the abdomen, back, thighs, and buttocks. Most patients who opt for a body lift do so because of loose skin which is frequently the result of massive weight loss. With weight loss and aging, skin loses its elasticity and firmness. Once you make the decision to undergo a body lift, there are many items that need to be considered prior to your procedure. When you choose Dr. Shaddix as your surgeon, the target areas have been identified, and the date of surgery set, it is then time to begin preparing your body for surgery. Dr. Shaddix will give you a detailed list of steps to help you prepare for both the procedure and the recovery period.
A consultation is one of the most important factors in preparing for any surgery. This is the time to talk with Dr. Shaddix about your goals, concerns, and any questions that you may have regarding the procedure, surgical facility, or Dr. Shaddix himself. He will go over your medical history, any allergies you may have, and your current medications to make sure that you can safely undergo a body lift. Through this consultation, Dr. Shaddix will let you know if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
You are a good candidate for a body lift if:
- You are a non-smoker
- You have significant soft tissue looseness in multiple areas of the body
- You are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle
- You are in good health and at a stable weight
A body lift is a complex procedure that you need to be well prepared for. You will need to quit smoking prior to your surgery and possibly adjust or hold some of the medications that you already take. Dr. Shaddix will also tell you to stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other medications that increase bleeding. To make your transition from the surgery center to your home more comfortable, set up a recovery area prior to the surgery. This way you will have everything you need in one designated spot. Also, if you have children or pets, make sure you have reliable care to help you while you are healing. Follow Dr. Shaddix’s directions closely prior to your surgery to make sure that you are safe and ready.
After your body lift, you need time to recover and let your body heal. You will be given compression garments to wear under your clothing for up to a month. Most patients should take at least two weeks off from work. Make sure you are able to get the time off that you need and find yourself help for around the house. Also, be sure to pick up any medications you may need prior to surgery to make your recovery easier. Dr. Shaddix will provide you with detailed instructions to follow during your recovery.
Getting a body lift can be very exciting, but it also requires quite a bit of preparation to make sure that it goes smoothly. If you have any questions before or after your surgery, contact Dr. Shaddix. He will be with you throughout the entire process from consultation to surgery to recovery to the final result.