A Comprehensive Three-Dimensional Rejuvenation Center

Abdominoplasty Post-Op Instructions

The following instructions are provided to help you through the recovery process. Please review these carefully before your surgery and call our office at (865) 218-6210 should you have any questions before or after your surgery.

Discharge Instructions:

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night after your surgery.
  • Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery or while taking prescribed narcotic medications.
  • Resume a regular diet.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Lucas.
  • Limit torso movement and activity for first few days.
  • After dressings are removed at the post-surgery appointment the following day, abdominal binder should be worn continuously until drains are removed.
  • After drains are removed you may begin wearing a snug-fitting high rise girdle continuously for the next 4-5 weeks.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for six weeks, i.e., heavy lifting, running, sit-ups.

What to Expect After Surgery:

You may experience one or more of the following for up to six weeks after your surgery:

  • Two drains in place for approximately one week
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Tightness in abdomen, tenderness around incision
  • Back pain
  • Red to yellow tinged drainage
  • Fluid accumulation after drains have been removed
  • Moderate pain controlled by prescribed analgesic
  • Pain pump also will be in place for about three to four days to help minimize pain
  • Low-grade fever
  • Abdominal skin swelling

If you experience any of the following, call our office at (865) 218-6210:

  • Red, inflamed, painful incision
  • Yellow or green drainage from incision area
  • Excessive bleeding (blood soaked dressings or increasing amounts of bright red blood in drains)
  • Severe pain not controlled by prescribed analgesic
  • Fever greater than 101.5
  • Nausea and/or vomiting