How long do you stay swollen after a Panniculectomy?
You may experience temporary pain, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, incision discomfort. Maximum discomfort will occur the first few days. You will have bruising and swelling of the abdomen. The majority of bruising and swelling will subside in 6-8 weeks.
Will my stomach be flat after a Panniculectomy?
After the procedure, you can expect your low abdomen to look flatter and smoother. Most people also notice a new boost in their self-esteem after their panniculectomy because they feel more positive about their appearance.
How many sizes do you lose with a Panniculectomy?
Most women lose between 2 and 3 pants sizes after a tuck, but there are patients who lose even more. If you had a lot of loose skin before the procedure, for example, you could go down 4 more pants sizes.
How long does it take to recover from Panniculectomy?
|Recovery time||Around 8 weeks||4 to 6 weeks|
How do you sleep after a Panniculectomy?
When you get home, continue to sleep with the head of the bed elevated and your knees bent for the first 24 hours. You can elevate your head by using 4-5 pillows under your upper body. You may get up to use the bathroom but stay in a bent position as you walk for the first 24 hours after surgery.
How long do you have to wear a binder after a Panniculectomy?
An abdominal binder will need to be worn continuously for the first 2 weeks. After two weeks, the binder may be removed at night, although full-time use is preferable. The binder may be discontinued after 6 weeks.
How bad does a Panniculectomy hurt?
It is common to have discomfort at the outside of the abdomen and mild burning around the lower incision after panniculectomy surgery – this is normal, and will improve shortly after surgery.
When can you drive after Panniculectomy?
Off Limits: A number of activities are off limits the first week after tummy tuck surgery. These include: driving, exercise, work, chores, smoking, and drinking alcohol.
When can I take a shower after a Panniculectomy?
The doctor recommends you wait 36 hours after your surgery to take your first shower. It is very important that you have a family member or friend there with you when you take your first shower, in case you feel dizzy or weak.
What should you eat before a tummy tuck?
The Day Before Your Tummy Tuck
Drink plenty of fluids containing electrolytes (Gatorade, Smartwater, etc.) during the day. The evening before your surgery eat a high protein and low fat dinner such as a grilled chicken salad. Set out a few comfortable outfits to wear over the next several days.
How much weight do you lose after abdominoplasty?
The amount of weight a patient loses after a tummy tuck will vary, depending on the extent of the procedure. In most cases, patients lose a minimal amount, typically under five pounds. Other patients with more extensive loose skin may lose between 5 – 10 pounds, and, sometimes, even more.
Is a Panniculectomy cosmetic surgery?
A panniculectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the pannus — excess skin and tissue from the lower abdomen. This excess skin is sometimes referred to as an “apron.” Unlike a tummy tuck, the panniculectomy does not tighten the abdominal muscles for a more cosmetic appearance, disqualifying it as a cosmetic procedure.