Since this procedure is often combined with other complementing techniques, it is usually performed as an outpatient, under a light general anesthetic. There can be flexibility in anesthetic choices depending on unique patient characteristics and procedures selected.
Incisions are required when significant skin excess is present. Attempts are made to “hide” incisions in natural skin creases. The quality of the final scar can vary greatly and may depend on a number of factors.
All patients are evaluated no later than the day after surgery. Postoperative care and recovery are again discussed in great detail. Care of the operative is detailed in the written and verbal instructions.
Phone calls are encouraged if there is a need for clarification. There should be no heavy lifting, strenuous activity, or “straining” for two more weeks. Return to work or other more specific activities should be addressed with the physician/nurse since there can be a high degree of variability in demand and a plan can often be developed to enable you to return to more normal activity faster.
Compression garments are worn for one month full time and two weeks, half time.
Results can be long term but certainly are impacted by weight loss/gain, environmental factors, and the natural aging process.