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.
Shower 24 hours after surgery. Leave the steri strips on and pat dry with a clean towel.
Remove the scopolamine patch from behind your ear after surgery, as it may cause blurry vision when worn for too long.
Avoid hot or very warm water to prevent engorgement and increase swelling of soft tissues.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infections.
Apply antibiotic ointment to incisions, maxi pad, and undergarment after bathing. Do this for 1-2 weeks after your procedure.
Change your dressings as needed to keep clean and dry. Maxi pads work well.
Wear loose fitting clothing for 4 weeks after surgery. Avoid anything tight.
Discomfort, bruising and swelling around the vaginal and labial areas may occur. This typically resolves over 1-3 weeks. Do not apply ice.
It is also common for bruising and swelling to settle into areas remote from the liposuction.
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.
Walk around the house on the day of surgery and thereafter.
Lifting should be no more than 5-10 pounds for several weeks.
Return to work is variable and depends on the type of job. Approximately 1-2 weeks is when a majority of patients can return to either limited restriction or full work duties.
Avoid sexual activity for a minimum of 2-3 weeks. Sexual intercourse can be painful and may delay healing, increase swelling, bruising, and pain. After your 2nd postoperative visit, it will be determined if sexual activity may resume.
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.