What can I do to reduce the enormous amount of swelling in my legs after a lower body lift?
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Swelling is normal after a body lift surgery
First, I would suggest a compression from your toes to your rib cage, not just down to the knees. This compression garment should have no gaps. If there are any gaps in the garment, fluid will collect in areas without compression. I would suggest wearing this garment 24 hours a day.
Secondly, I would suggest leg elevation. After a 360 circumferential body lift, I believe the best way to recover is in the recliner. Have your legs elevated at heart level or ideally, even above heart level. I would minimize the time you get out of the recliner. I would not do any extra activities, like walking or exercising. Third, avoid any salt in your diet. Fourth, continue to drink plenty of fluids. Your body needs this fluid to heal.
Congratulations on your 360 lower body lift. Good luck on your weight-loss journey.
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