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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A belt lipectomy, or lower body lift, is surgery to remove extra skin and fat from your stomach, back, and buttocks.
- Medicines can help decrease pain or nausea, or prevent an infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have your incision wounds checked, and drains, staples, or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Care for your incision wounds as directed. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
- Sit or walk in a slightly bent position for 1 week. This will help decrease strain on your incision. Ask when you can return to daily activities.
- Wear snug clothes after surgery. Ask about the best clothes to wear to help decrease swelling.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your incision wounds are red, swollen, or draining pus.
- Your pain does not go away, even after you take medicine.
- You have bruises that get larger.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- Your incision comes apart.
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