Our patient's are instructed to keep the incisions dry for at least seven days while the drainage tubes are in place for one week. Patient's should refrain from heavy lifting post-surgically with abdominoplasties where there is tightening of the muscle to prevent tearing of the sutures which could cause hemorrhage.
Our patient's are placed on antibiotics for one week until the drainage tubes are removed to prevent skin infections or internal abscesses or seromas. Preoperatively patient's should refrain from eating or drinking after midnight or n.p.o. past midnight for general anesthesia. All medications should be known to your surgeon and anesthesiologist and a history, physical examination, as well as a 12-lead EKG are often performed on patients over the age of 40.