What can I expect during recovery for a lower body lift?

For the first 24 hours following your lower body lift, you will be fitted with drains and compression garments. These will aid in reducing your swelling and promoting your healing. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will also provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. You will be able to resume taking full-body showers about two days following your lower body lift. After about 2 weeks, Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks and their team will encourage you to practice walking in your new body with the assistance of a friend or family member.

Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks asks that you refrain from driving and working for at least 4 weeks, or until it is no longer painful to move and wear a seat belt. Most normal daily tasks, such as doing chores around the house and participating in light exercise, may continue after about six weeks. At 6 to 8 weeks, your scars should begin to fade, and will gradually improve over time. While you will see most results of your lower body lift after just 6 weeks, ultimate results will not become apparent until all swelling subsides and the skin has settled into its new position.