The following information is intended exclusively for Barrett Plastic Surgery patients. If you have had surgery by another surgeon, please follow up with that surgeon for your post-operative instructions. Congratulations on completing your surgery! Please reference these instructions over the coming weeks as you begin your recovery process.
A responsible adult must provide transportation for you after surgery (public transportation/Uber is not permissible).
A responsible adult must stay with you until the morning following the procedure. If you are having several procedures, you may need or prefer assistance for 1-2 days following your procedure.
Avoid making major decisions or participating in activities that require judgment for 24 hours after surgery.
Get plenty of rest and follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity and pain medication may promote constipation, so you may want to increase your fluid intake and add more fruits to your diet.
Take all medications as instructed postoperatively.
Wash your face, hair, and body with antibacterial soap before coming into the office on the day of surgery.
Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
Do not consume any alcohol for 2 weeks after your procedure.
Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
For the first 3 days, sleep with your back elevated using pillows for support. After 3 days, you may sleep flat on your back until week 2 post-operative.
Remove the scopolamine patch from behind your ear after surgery, as it may cause blurry vision when worn for too long.
Shower 24 hours after surgery. Leave the steri strips on and pat dry with a clean towel.
Surface sutures are removed in 5-14 days.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.
If you receive a compression garment, please wear it for 2 weeks after surgery.
Keep steri-strips on for 2-4 weeks as directed by Dr. Barrett.
After taping, you will start Skinuva twice daily, massaging firmly into incisions.
No baths, hot tubs or swimming for 6 weeks.
Avoid exposing scars to the sun for at least 12 months. Always use a strong sunblock.
Temporary pain, soreness, numbness, and/or incision discomfort may occur. This is normal.
Bruising and swelling is normal in the chest, as well as the abdomen as it can travel downward due to gravity.
Light bleeding at the incision site is normal up to 48 hours after surgery.
It can take up to 6 months for nipple sensation to return.
It is normal to feel a bit anxious or depressed in the days or weeks following surgery; but generally, after about a week, you should begin to feel better.
Scars will be reddened for 6 months. After that, they will fade and soften.
You are encouraged to walk around the house on the day of surgery and thereafter.
Move/pump your legs frequently while lying down. This also helps prevent blood clots.
Resume activities slowly. You may feel tired for the first few days.
No exercise for 2 weeks. At 2 weeks you can start to exercise but no impact or upper body. Stair workouts or incline walking are ideal.
No sexual activity for 2 weeks and resume as comfort permits.
Fever of 101 degrees F or greater.
Pain is not relieved with pain medication.
Swelling, redness, bleeding, and/or foul drainage from the incision area.
Persistent nausea and/or vomiting.
You have not urinated for more than 6 hours after getting home from surgery.