Body contouring procedures are considered major surgery, so you should brace yourself and prepare because you will have to follow some special instructions down to the T.
The in-hospital stay length depends on the extent of your surgery and could be 24 hrs or two nights before you go home. The drains can be a nuisance, but they are an important aspect of healing! These might be left in place for several weeks after surgery, and you will have to learn how to empty and care for them.
Also, you will have to wear a compression garment to avoid swelling and support the tissues for several weeks, and the first days you won’t be able to sit directly on your butt, so you will have to sleep on your side or your stomach.
You’ll be very careful when moving, increasing your daily activity level slowly. Moreover, you will have to do your best to avoid positions that put a strain on your stitches to prevent the reopening of the wound site.
Two-three weeks after the surgery, when your doctor allows it, you will reassume your normal activities. However, you should not engage in any strenuous activities, including lifting, for four to six weeks. Complete healing will take months.