Wounds/openings after a Lower body lift what should be my next step? Do I have to undego another surgery? (photo)
Doctor Answers 5
Delayed healing is not a major problem
Dr Rodger Shortt
Oakville Plastic Surgeon
Assistant Clinical Professor &
Director of Cosmetic Surgery Training Program,
Body lift wounds 360 lower body lift
It is important to have a proper medical personnel observing and treating the wound. I would suggest following up with your plastic surgeon. Wound treatment may include oral and topical antibiotics. To determine the precise type of bacteria in the wound, would cultures may be necessary. You may benefit from hyperbaric treatment; this type of treatment forces oxygen into your tissues and can accelerate healing. You would benefit from wet to dry dressing with normal saline or Dakin's solution. You may also need wound debridement in the office. Fortunately, almost ALL of these types of wounds fill in and heal over time.
To accelerate healing, I would suggest you try to do the following each day: 100 grams of protein, a daily multivitamin, 220 mg of Zinc, 400 mg of Magnesium, 500 mg of Vitamin C (4 times a day), Vitamin B complex, Arginine 1000 mg (3 times a day), Glutamine 5 mg (3 times a day), and a Probiotic. These vitamins and supplements have been shown in the surgical literature to accelerate wound healing.
Good luck. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Body lift - open areas across incision
- I am sorry you are going through this.
- Healthy tissue heals - your open wounds do not look truly healthy.
- You need to see a plastic surgeon experienced in body lift surgery and wound care -
- Your wounds look as though they need debridement or different topical care.
- They will heal in 6 - 10 weeks once all the tissue pink and granular.
- Once the wounds are fully healed - wait 6 - 12 months before any revision.
- Small areas of slow healing occur with body lifts and often do not need revision afterwards.
- It is frustrating for surgeon and patient when surgery is out of the area and a problem arises -
- For this reason, many surgeons - myself included - ask patients to arrange a surgeon in their home area for follow up care if needed.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
You might also like...
Probably another operation
it is hard to answer really properly
for the moment it is sure that you do not risk anything and healing is near to the end
but aesthetically speaking it is not convenient
so you should convene to have a revision scar surgery with your doctor in a few months
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.