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Pre and Post-Op: What to Know About Your Body Procedure

Obtaining a beautiful, healthier body is easier than you might think. Whether you’ve become dissatisfied with your appearance due to age, genetics, pregnancy, or the rigors of life, cosmetic body procedures can help restore a tighter, more youthful look–and your self-confidence! If you’ve been thinking about a cosmetic procedure, such as liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, or body contouring, here’s what you need to know to prepare for best results, including what to do and what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. 

a candidate for liposuction or tummy tuck

Early Pre-Op: First Steps

So you’ve noticed some extra skin-or perhaps things simply aren’t as tight and young-looking as they once were. If diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes aren’t enough, the next step is a consultation with your surgeon. We’ll go over all the options available to you, including:

-Tummy Tuck

-Liposuction

-Mommy Makeover

-Labiaplasty

-Brazilian Butt Lift

-Thigh Lift

-Arm Lift

-Gynecomastia Correction

If any of the above is a fit, it’s time to plan your surgery date and start preparing for your procedure. 

Like for any other procedure, smokers should aim to stop nicotine usage for at least 4 weeks pre-procedure and stay smoke-free for 4 weeks post-procedure to reduce the risk of complications like infection. Nicotine use may also cause nausea, aggravate the lungs, and decrease blood flow during surgery–all of which puts your body at more risk of heart attack or stroke. 

Your surgical team will also advise on what medications to continue or discontinue. Typically, patients are advised against taking NSAIDS, blood thinners, and Vitamin C, herbal, or weight-loss supplements for at least 2-4 weeks pre-procedure. Be sure to go over your complete list of medications and supplements with your surgical team to avoid potential interactions with anesthesia and/or post-operative prescribed medication. 

Finally, depending on the procedure being performed, patients may be asked to complete lab work (such as CBC, blood chemistry tests, or liver function panel) in order to be cleared for surgery. Your surgeon may also ask for body scans or imaging, such as MRI, CT, or X-Ray. 

Pre-Op: Just Before Surgery

The best time to plan your recovery is just before your procedure. Recovery time may vary depending on the procedure, from as little as 5-7 days for liposuction or up to 6 weeks for a Brazilian Butt Lift.

In the days leading up to your surgery, fill any prescriptions you’ll need post-op, plan out easy meals, and clear your schedule so you can rest and recuperate. It can also help to have someone nearby for the first 24 hours post-op to help with basic tasks and ensure the patient can rest comfortably. 

Additionally, patients should abstain from alcohol for roughly 72 hours before their procedure, as it can affect their immune system.

The Day of the Procedure

If you have questions or concerns, don’t wait until the day of your procedure to bring them up. Remember, communication and transparency are crucial to both a quick recovery and best results. 

Your surgeon will tell you what medications you can and cannot take leading up to, directly before, and after your procedure, including the morning of. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding food and drink; most procedures don’t permit eating or drinking after midnight the night before your procedure. 

Dress comfortably and avoid wearing jewelry. Have your insurance card and all proper documents handy, as well as your personal effects securely organized. 

Make arrangements for someone to drive you both to and from your procedure, as well as to stay nearby for at least the first 24 hours so you can rest and focus on your recovery. Try to arrive at our facility to give yourself enough time to adequately check-in and prepare for your procedure. 

Post-Op: Just After Surgery

After your procedure, the most common side effects are mild discomfort, bruising, swelling, and redness. The most important immediate treatments are rest and ice. We recommend taking any prescribed pain medication before you start to feel pain and/or discomfort. Preventing pain is easier than trying to manage it. 

a patient pulling up their shirt to reveal surgeons markings before a body procedure

Depending on which procedure you had (namely liposuction, Brazilian Butt Lift, and arm lift), your surgeon may provide a compression garment to help the skin tighten up and facilitate healing. These also reduce swelling and provide much-needed support to core muscles as part of the healing process. Your surgeon will provide instructions, including how to wear it and how long to wear it. 

Once our team has determined it’s safe, you can return home. As mentioned, it’s important to have someone to drive you home and stay with you so you can rest and recover. 

Within a few days post-procedure, your doctor will check your bandages, assess your condition, and ensure you’re well on your way to optimal recovery. Make sure to let your doctor know if you’re experiencing any significant pain or discomfort, as these may be signs of something serious.  

Post-Op: What to Expect After Your Procedure

You should expect soreness, swelling, and mild discomfort for at least a few weeks post-procedure. It’s normal to experience fatigue or tiredness as part of the healing process; it can take 5-6 weeks for you to return to your pre-procedure energy levels. 

Try to walk a little each day and remember to stay hydrated. Avoid strenuous activity such as exercise or heavy lifting. Start with light activity and bit-by-bit, ramp up the intensity, but avoid abdominal exercises and stay away from bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, and aerobics for at least 6-8 weeks. 

Recovery from body procedures can range anywhere from a few days to 6 weeks or more. Typically, however, patients can return to work within one week of the procedure (depending on how strenuous the job is). Again, depending on what procedure you had, there are various limitations. For example, labiaplasty patients are advised against sexual intercourse for at least 6-8 weeks post-procedure. 

Your surgeon will also schedule a follow-up appointment (within a week of the initial procedure) to monitor your progress and recovery, as well as to finalize any parts of the procedure. It is possible you may need an additional follow-up procedure to correct any issues that arise from the first surgery or if you’re not satisfied with your initial results. However, it may take months before you can accurately determine your satisfaction with your new look. 

Women Who May Become Pregnant

A common question often asked is whether or not women who may become pregnant again should undergo cosmetic surgery like liposuction, tummy tuck, or a mommy makeover. While there is no inherent harm to fertility, we typically advise patients to wait until they’re done having children. The significant changes that occur during pregnancy often counteract the work done by cosmetic procedures, meaning patients often require revisional procedures if they become pregnant again after surgery. 

Pre and Post-Op Recap

Early pre-op: 

Quit smoking & nicotine use. 

Talk to your doctor about what medications you can and cannot use. 

Complete lab work.

Ask any questions/clear any concerns. 

Late pre-op

No alcohol for 72 hours pre-procedure.

Fill any prescriptions you need post-op. 

Clear out your schedule to prepare for rest and recovery. 

Day of procedure:

Arrive early enough to check in and prepare for your procedure.

Dress comfortably, and avoid jewelry. 

Have insurance card/important documents handy. 

Days-weeks post-op:

Rest & ice.

Wear compression garments

Avoid strenuous activity for ~ one-week post-procedure. 

Follow up appointments with your team.

Love your new body!

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At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, the difference is in the details. Whether you’re looking to regain your pre-pregnancy body or roll back the years, our team of experienced professionals has the proven results you’re looking for. From the moment you meet with us for your consultation to the moment you revel in your new look after your procedure, you’ll feel comfortable, listened to, and taken care of. Get in touch with us today to schedule your in-person consultation, phone-in consultation, or instant email consultation, and start on the road to loving your new body!


Is Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation Right For You?

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Woman in bra with measuring tape

Typical breast enhancements involve the use of either saline or silicone gel placed under or over the muscle through an incision in the breast. Breast augmentation surgery with fat, on the other hand, is a newer procedure and could be a great option for patients looking for a relatively modest increase in breast size and more natural-looking results.

What is fat transfer breast augmentation?

Fat transfer breast augmentation involves using liposuction to harvest fat from other areas of the body, like the belly, waist, back, or legs. That fat is then cleaned, filtered, and transferred to the breasts. This allows patients to enjoy double results; excess fat is trimmed from unwanted areas and used to increase the volume of breasts naturally. In a nutshell, it’s just what the name suggests: transferring your own fat to make your breasts bigger. 

What to expect before, during, and after the procedure

Before the procedure, we will work with you to determine the type of breast augmentation you’re looking for. Patients with minimal ptosis looking to increase breast volume by about one cup size are typically the best candidates for fat transfer breast augmentation. Importantly, this procedure is not suitable for patients with minimal body fat.

Breast augmentation with fat is an outpatient procedure performed under sedation as well as a local anesthetic. The first step, liposuction, involves harvesting the unwanted fat from predetermined, marked areas. We will then drain the excess fluid and clean the harvested fat. Finally, we will make small incisions in a circular pattern around the breast, through which we transfer the cleaned, filtered fat. Finally, we close the incisions and you wake up, spend a brief amount of time recovering, and go home. 

Compared to traditional breast augmentation, recovery from fat transfer breast augmentation is more focused on the areas from which the fat was harvested. To reduce pressure on the breasts, we recommend avoiding sleeping on your chest for at least four weeks post-procedure. Exercise can start about a week after the procedure, with full activity resuming four weeks post-op. Patients can expect to see the best results after about three months. 

Woman in bra with orange

The benefits of fat transfer breast augmentation

Using a patient’s own fat to enhance their breasts has numerous benefits. First off, think of the procedure as a two-in-one; patients receive liposuction to remove unwanted fat and use that fat to improve the shape, look, and feel of their breasts. There are no large incisions to heal or hide, the surgery does not cut or change the position of the muscles in the chest, and there is no risk of implant-related infection.

Interested in fat transfer breast augmentation?

At DeLuca Plastic Surgery, we tailor every procedure to each patient’s individual desires. We can work with you to help you achieve the breasts you’ve always wanted. If you’ve been thinking about breast enhancement, contact our office today to see if fat transfer breast augmentation is right for you!

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.


Is Wide-Awake-Surgery right for you?

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DeLuca Plastic Surgery are experts in Wide-Awake-Surgery–performed under local anesthesia right here in our office! That means less downtime, no nausea, and a much less stressful procedure! With local anesthesia, you’ll be comfortable, relaxed, and awake for the whole procedure!

What Procedures Can We Do

Liposuction

Also known as tumescent liposuction, we can perform the procedure using tumescent numbing-a diluted version of typical numbing medication. Through small, 1-cm incisions, we can remove the fat from under the skin. Results are instant and patients can see the transformation right before their eyes. This technique works best for small, stubborn areas of fat that are not responsive to diet and exercise. 

Modified Mini Face Lift

A modified mini face lift corrects jowling and laxity of the skin of the face and neck-all through an incision hidden around the ear. We are able to perform a modified mini face lift under local anesthesia, which means less recovery time, no nausea or vomiting, and no trip to the operating room. This can be combined with a mini eye lift or liposuction for a complete transformation. 

Mini Breast Lift

A mini breast lift allows moderate reshaping of the breasts using elevation of the nipple and tightening of the skin-all without a trip to the operating room or general anesthesia. 

Mini Tummy Tuck

During a mini tummy tuck, a small amount of excess skin of the lower belly can be removed and the belly tightened under tumescent anesthesia. With Wide-Awake abdominoplasty, you’ll be able to see the results and progress before the procedure is complete! This can be combined with Mini-Liposuction for an all-over belly transformation.

Mini-Blepharoplasty

Also known as a mini eyelid lift, with this procedure, the upper and lower skin of the eyelids can be removed under local anesthesia. Bruising and pain are minimal and patients are back to normal activities in 1 week.

Attractive woman

If you’re interested in our in-house, wide-awake surgery done with local anesthesia in our office, contact us today! We can even schedule and conduct virtual consultations so you can meet with us from the comfort of your own home!

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.


Nothing But Neck – Kybella vs. Liposuction To Treat Neck Fat

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Fullness of the neck due to excess neck fat can be treated with both invasive and non-invasive strategies. Reduction of this fat can give better definition to the jaw like and neck and make patients look younger and more fit.

Kybella

Kybella is a non-invasive injection that has been recently approved by the FDA to help improve the appearance of fullness associated with the submental fat of the neck in adults. Young adults, with a moderate amount of excess fat and good skin tone are usually good candidates.

During a office based Kybella treatment, the neck is first cleaned and numbed with topical lidocaine. A pattern is drawn on the neck and the product is injected into the fat of the central neck – dissolving the fat. The body then absorbs the fat over several weeks. There is swelling that occurs and may be bruising and some numbness in the area during this time. The injections are usually done once every six weeks and it usually it usually takes at least two treatments to achieve the desired improvement. (more…)


The Skinny on Liposuction

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces fat under the skin to address trouble spots throughout the body.

Traditionally liposuction has been used to tweak areas resistant to exercise such as the love handles, the lower abdomen, the neck, and the buttock. Liposuciton is performed through small access incisions hidden in inconspicuous areas. Because of this, the recovery is relatively quick compared to more invasive surgery, and the restrictions after surgery are few.

Unfortunately, however, liposuction does not have the ability to address any excess skin laxity. The overall success of the procedure depends on the skin retracting back after the fat is reduced. The ideal candidates are young patients with good quality, elastic skin. In patients where the skin does not retract, a skin tightening procedure can be performed to address the excess loose skin.

Not sure if you need skin tightening? Check out our blog post: “Do I Really Need A Tummy Tuck?.

Liposuction treatment areas

Can I Use Liposuction To Help Jump-Start My Weight Loss?

An alternative use of liposuction is as a debulking procedure during weight loss to “jump start” the process of slimming down. This procedure results in a modest weight loss and an incremental improvement in contour that helps motivate patients to continue losing weight through dieting and exercise.

Compared to traditional liposuction, debulking liposuction focuses on performing the procedure quickly with large cannulas to get rid of as much fat as possible in as short a time as possible. This change in focus keeps OR and anesthesia time down and, therefore, significantly reduces cost. There is less attention paid to fine contour refinement and, therefore, patients must accept that there may be contour irregularities that may need further tweaking with contour focused liposuction or surgery in the future.

Recovery After Liposuction

As with any surgery, the pain after liposuction is usually worse in the 2-3 days immediately after surgery and tends to improve after that. Management of pain is usually through a combination of narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications taken by mouth, oral medications that lessen muscle spasm, and long acting local anesthetics injected during surgery or infused from a small pump.

Post-operatively, patients who have liposuction of their torso are placed into an specialised compression garment with smoothing foam backing. Patients wear this for the first two week after surgery. At that point, Dr. Tauber then recommends patients transition to a Spanx OnCore Firm Control Open-Bust Bodysuit or a Spanx Power Conceal-Her Medium Control Open-Bust Bodysuit (available on Amazon) for smoothing compression for the next month.

Get more details on the management of swelling and scars in blog post: Post-Operative Care After Plastic Surgery.

The ability to return to work and everyday activities is variable and depends on many factors including the type of work, the pain tolerance of the patient, and the extent of the procedures. Most patients are ready to return to their lives in 2 weeks.


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