Immediately After Surgery
You will wake up peacefully and calmly in the recovery room. Dr. Cat helps her patients gently fall asleep under anesthesia calmly so they wake up with the same peaceful energy. Our patients have little to no pain. After you are fully conscious, which takes about an hour, you will be transported to the plastic surgery aftercare recovery center. The nurses there will give you your post-op medication, monitor your vitals and drains, and help you walk. Yes, you will be walking already the first night after surgery.
One Day After Surgery
The recovery center will transport you to our office for your first post-op visit. Dr. Cat and our staff will check your surgery site and review all instructions with you and your caretaker. Most of our patients have little to no pain. They require no prescription pain medication and have just taken a few Tylenol. Most of our patients also have little to no bruising, just mild swelling, so you will be wearing a comfortable compression garment. You will be walking slightly bent over, so we recommend you use a front wheel walker to take pressure off your back. Because this is the early recovery stage, you will need assistance getting out of bed to not use your abdominal muscles, doing gentle walks, eating light but healthy meals, and staying hydrated.
One week after surgery
After a week, you will be regaining your energy, your incisions and surgery sites will be healing, and you will be able to stand almost straight. Dr. Cat will see you for your one-week post-op visit and show you how much you can stand. Also, after one week, she will remove all or almost all your drains. Dr. Cat removes the drains in a gentle and nonpainful way. Although most patients feel pretty much back to normal, it is still important to take it easy and do only gentle walks.
Two weeks after surgery
At two weeks, you are almost healed. You will be able to stand up straight, and we will remove all your drains. For our patients who have traveled from out of town or out of the country, you are able to safely fly back. There is some residual swelling, but your new tight and flat tummy is taking shape, and it is exciting! The incision is healing and thin, and you will start your scar treatments.
One month after surgery
After one month, you will be feeling strong and you can resume all daily activities, go to any social functions, and do light exercises like walking. You will have to wait until six weeks after surgery to resume full exercise. If you had a hernia repair, you would need to wait three months to do a sit-up, plank, or crunch. At one month, the incision is thin and healed, and your tummy will be flat and tight. Some patients have some residual swelling, especially if they are very active. Dr. Cat will see you for your one-month post-operative visit and review your continued scar treatment. You will be using special silicone strips for six weeks.
Three months after surgery
Three months after surgery, you will be enjoying the results of your flat and tight tummy – there is no longer a bulge. Clothes will fit better; your waist will be smaller, you will feel more confident, and also you will feel stronger. Our patients tell us they feel great in a bathing suit, can exercise better, no longer have back pain, and have a much stronger core. The incision will be thin and fading. We will see you for your 3-month post-operative visit and review your before and after photos so you can see your dramatic transformation. You will continue scar treatment with silicone gel.
Six months after surgery
At six months, the dramatic results of your surgery will be fully visible. Your shape will be greatly improved with no more bulging, hanging skin and instead a fit and flat contoured abdomen. The incision will be thin and fading, making you feel confident and strong.
One year after surgery
At one year, your incision will be faded and have a thin white line. You will be truly enjoying your new tight and fit figure.