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Excess Skin Removal After Extreme Weight Loss (cont.)

After the Procedure

Recuperating from extensive surgical procedures can take time. Most people remain in the hospital for 24-48 hours after the surgery. Walking is important on the day of surgery. Sutures generally dissolve or are removed after a few days, and drains (if used) are usually removed after one to three weeks. Many surgeons advise using compression garments to improve long-term contour. Physical therapy may be necessary for help with return to full activities in this patient population after extensive procedures, especially those involving the arms.

After a high lateral tension abdominoplasty or inner thigh lift, it's usually a few days until the person can walk normally, a few weeks until the person is able to carry 10-15 pounds, and a few months before full or vigorous activity is possible. This is in contrast to liposuction, for which return to full activity is often measured in days.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015
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