Find A Better You

Traditional Liposuction, BodyTite, FaceTite


Pretreatment

  • Meet with our holistic fitness and nutrition coach to create a plan for pre and post treatment to sustain results long term.
  • Complete any blood work or test required from physician performing treatment.
  • 1 week before, sustain from drinking alcohol.
  • If you take a blood thinner(baby aspirin, coumadin, plavix, ect) please let us know as this affects your care and postsurgical treatment. BLOOD THINNERS
  • SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE PROCEDURE. DO NOT STOP WITH TALKING TO THE DOCTOR WHO PRESCRIBES
  • THAT MEDICINE FOR YOU. We must have a clearance letter from that physician.
  • 2 weeks before, avoid smoking and products with nicotine as it affects healthy circulation and puts you at higher risk of complications under anesthesia.
  • 2 weeks before, do not take products containing aspirin, ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, estrogen supplements, or vitamin E.
  • Drink 1-2 quarts of water daily for one week prior to the procedure. This will help hydrate you and lead to a faster recovery time.
  • The DAY BEFORE treatment, do not eat or drink after midnight or 8 hours before treatment. This includes any dark liquids and chewing gum. Small sips of water is okay.
  • The DAY OF treatment, DO NOT wear contacts, makeup, deodorant, hair sprays, gels, lotions or nail polish. Wear loose fitting clothing. Do not wear jewelry. This insures clean skin and no contamination.
  • Please bathe the day of the procedure. Use an antibacterial soap. Clean under fingernails and wash hands thoroughly.
  • If on menstrual cycle do not wear a tampon. Instead wear a feminine napkin.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the office on the day of procedure.. You will NOT be able to drive. You can drive to subsequent visits, if NOT medicated.

Posttreatment

  • May need assistance at home overnight for 1-2 days.
  • Bed rest is helpful immediately after the procedure. You will be tried for at least 24 hours, but we encourage you to remain moderately active to help with drainage and tightening the skin.
  • Call the office if signs of infection occur (area becomes red, hot, swollen, angry looking and painful) The chance of infection is small and might occur 2-3 days after the procedure. Be sure to take your antibiotic . Other things to watch for include hematomas or a seroma. These are different than the bruising and lymphedema you will get, so if you are uncertain, come to the office and have the physician examine you.
  • Be careful when removing the garment. Especially from around the stomach. Sudden release of the hooks or zipper can rapidly lower your blood pressure an make you lightheaded. The garment act as a pressure suit and when released, an abrupt drop in blood pressure can occur. It is best to sit down or slowly undo the zipper or hooks.
  • Do not drive while on pain medication.
  • There should be minimal discomfort. Discomfort may be relieved by ice packs or acetaminophen and Ibuprofen (if you have no contraindications),.To relieve moderate discomfort, you should take (2) 500mg Acetaminophen. After 24 hours, you may also take (2) 200mg Ibuprofen together with food every 6 hours. For more intense discomfort, the doctor will need to see you. He may prescribe pain medication, we need to know why the discomfort is more than moderate. Most patients describe the pain as a sunburn under the skin or soreness of over exercising. Pain greater than “soreness” may indicate a problem and we will want to see you in the office. Do not drink alcohol when taking medications.
  • There will be drainage from your incisions.This is normal and may last several days. You may place gauze sponges inside your compression garment to absorb any drainage. The drainage appears like diluted blood. If you notice a foul smell or pus, immediate contact the office by phone. Be careful not to stain your carpet, bedding and upholstery. You can shower the following day. Have someone available to help you in and out of your garments. While in the shower, gently massage downwards to express the drainage. The more you get out the better.
  • Garment may been worn for 3 weeks after treatment 24 hours a day. 2 weeks after this the garment can be removed for short periods to go to the bathroom, wash garment, or shower. Still needs to worn 8-12 hours a day. Most patients feel better in the garment.
  • When getting up from laying or sitting down, do it slowly. Again, rapid standing causes the blood to pool in the legs and can make you lightheaded. So, when rising, stand gradually and tighten your calf muscles to keep from fainting.
  • Ensure you walk around frequently. When lying down move and pump legs. Frequent movement will help prevent blood clotting and reduce swelling.
  • Exercise is very important, however, Do not engage in Vigorous exercise or sports for at least 2 weeks or until approved by your physician.
    You will need to return to the office as follows:
  • 3 days after procedure
  • 2 weeks after procedure
  • 1 month after procedure
  • 3 months after procedure
  • 6 months after procedure
  • Watching your diet and nutrition after procedure is extremely important. We encourage you eat lots of protein and limit carbohydrates intake. Hydrate consistently throughout recovery. Ensure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, especially after treatment to replenish lost fluids.During the first 4 months, fat can return to the areas treated if your die includes lots of carbohydrates. If you remember NOT to eat sugar, bread, pastas and junk food for 4 months, you will be on your way to creating a new figure. Now is the time to speak with our holistic fitness and nutrition coach. Pineapple juice and papaya juice will help decrease swelling.
  • During the 4 months following the procedure you will notice lumps and bumps. The area where we did the procedure it may even appear hard and uneven. There may be some residual numbness. This is normal. Please ask the doctor about any concerns you might have at your appointments. Keep n mind your body is healing and can take up to 6 months for everything to resolve. Over the 4 months the skin tightening it may feel like your stomach is contracting this is normal.The lymphatic channels were disrupted, the draining is caught between the tightening of the skin and the muscle. Gravity will pull the debris downwards so it is common to notice swelling and bruising below the area treated. Moderate swelling and drainage is expected. Drainage from incisions may be significant for the first 24-48 hours. Change gauze pads as needed.
  • Avoid direct sunlight to incision(s) for at least 1-year to avoid discoloration. It takes a year for any scars to declare what they will finally look like. Always wear a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher when outdoors. You may apply antibiotic ointment a couple times a day using a cotton swab.
  • Men in particular will notice their scrotum will enlarge and appear purple. This is normal following abdomen and over handle procedure. The swelling and discoloration will disappear over several weeks. Numbness is caused by damage to the small cutaneous nerves will heal over time. These nerves will heal over time. You will probably not notice the numbness unless you touch the area. It will not interrupt your normal activities. The final result of the procedure may not be apparent until 6 months after the procedure. Be patient during this time and be sure to ask questions.
  • As soon as you can tolerate a gentle massage, place a heating pad (low heat) or hot water bottle for 10 minutes and then gently knead the area to promote drainage of the area. Do this several times a day.
  • You should avoid hot tubs, baths, swimming for 7 days to allow drainage and incisions to close.
  • Men should use an electric razor to shave instead of a blade for safety reasons. This area will be numb for a period of time and nicking with the blade can occur,
  • Remember, you can gain weight by overeating. Most of this weight will go to the areas that were not done. However, the first months following the procedure are when new stem cells can become new fat cells. Therefore, exercise and eating mainly proteins.
  • Finally, you have spent a great deal of money on this procedure. Both you and your physician want the best possible results. Follow these instructions carefully and DO NOT hesitate to call Find A Better You at 636-238-5863 for any questions or concerns you may have.

Fat Transfer

Breasts & Brazilian Butt

Pretreatment

  • Meet with our holistic fitness and nutrition coach to create a plan for pre and post treatment to sustain results long term.
  • Complete any blood work or test required from physician performing treatment.
  • If you take a blood thinner(baby aspirin, coumadin, plavix, ect) please let us know as this affects your care and postsurgical treatment. BLOOD THINNERS SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE PROCEDURE. DO NOT STOP WITH TALKING TO THE DOCTOR WHO PRESCRIBES THAT MEDICINE FOR YOU. We must have a clearance letter from that physician.
  • 1 week before, sustain from drinking alcohol
  • 2 weeks before, avoid smoking and products with nicotine as it affects healthy circulation and puts you at higher risk of complications under anesthesia.
  • 2 weeks before, do not take products containing aspirin, ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, estrogen supplements, Garlic, Ginko Balboa, Ginger and Ginseng supplements, St. Johns wort or vitamin E.
  • Drink 1-2 quarts of water daily for one week prior to the procedure. This will help hydrate you and lead to a faster recovery time.
  • The DAY BEFORE treatment, do not eat or drink after midnight or 8 hours before treatment. This includes any dark liquids and chewing gum. Small sips of water is okay.
  • Please bathe the day of the procedure. Use an antibacterial soap. Clean under fingernails and wash hands thoroughly.
  • If on menstrual cycle do not wear a tampon. Instead wear a feminine napkin.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from the office on the day of procedure.. You will NOT be able to drive. You can drive to subsequent visits, if NOT medicated.
  • A lingering cold, virus, or other illness can result in your surgery being rescheduled.
  • Time off and restrictions: You will need at least 1 week after surgery to take care of yourself and to recover from surgery. Therefore, schedule at least 7 days off from work and or make arrangements to have assistance with any children and essential household tasks you have.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, clean, loose fitting clothing. Do not wear jeans or any tight fitting bottoms such as leggings or tank tops. Rather wear pair of loose, drawstring sweatpants and a zip up top. You may wear slippers.

Posttreatment

  • Have assistance at home overnight for 1-2 days.
  • Do not while on pain medication.
  • Tightness and stiffness in the area of liposuction: Bruising, swelling, burning or intermittent shooting pain: these are normal experiences as the skin, muscles and tissue stretch as sensory nerves heal.He may prescribe pain medication, we need to know why the discomfort is more than moderate. Most patients describe the pain as a sunburn under the skin or soreness of over exercising. Pain greater than “soreness” may indicate a problem and we will want to see you in the office. Do not drink alcohol when taking medications.
  • Skin firmness, hypersensitivity or lack of sensitivity.This is normal and will gradually resolve overtime.
  • Itching feeling an antihistamine like benadryl can help to alleviate severe, constant itching.
  • Do not apply ice to numb areas. Ice will decrease blood supply to the fat which will decrease the chances for the fat to survive in its new location.
  • Asymmetry, both sides of your body heal differently. One side of your body may look and feel quite different from the other in the days following surgery. This is normal
  • It is highly recommended you do not smoke. Smoking disrupts proper oxygen delivery by constricting blood vessels. Lack of oxygen to the newly transferred fat can ruin your end result.
  • Wear compression or supporting garment(s) as instructed. Garment may been worn for 3 weeks after treatment, and the next two weeks 8-12 hours a day. It is extremely important to wear compression garment after a fat transfer Fat takes 4 months to settle also to continuously contour the area(s) treated and to reduce swelling. Swelling can cause pressure that can be detrimental to the newly transferred fat and ruin your end results.
  • Rest in any position that is comfortable to you. Sleeping or resting flat is okay. If you sleep on your side placing a pillow mid-back and shoulders may offer more comfort and support. Do not put any pressure on the fat grafting area.
  • Positioning after buttock fat grafting. You will need to sleep or rest on your side or stomach for the first 3-5 days During this period, no direct sitting on your buttocks. No prolonged sitting for 4-5 weeks following the fat grafting.
  • For four weeks do not soak, swim, bathe in bath tubs, or use hot tubs.
  • For three weeks do not sit, lay, or sleep on treated area.
  • For three weeks do not squat, stretch or do activities that cause pressure.
  • Resume driving when your are completely off any pain medicines. The determination of when you are ready to drive is up to you, however keep in mind the issues listed above. Most patients resume driving short distances 5-7 days after surgery.You will need to return to the office as follows:
  • 3 days after procedure
  • 2 weeks after procedure
  • 1 month after procedure
  • 3 months after procedure
  • 6 months after procedure
  • Lightheadedness and fainting can happen when sitting up during recovery period and while switching in and out or compression garment(s). This can also happen during the first shower, so it is extremely important to have someone to supervise.
  • You may remove your compression garment to shower. Please do not scrub incisions or use fragrant or harsh soaps. Put compression garment on afterwards and continue as instructed. Make sure you have someone there to supervise as you may experience any lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Do not lift anything greater than twenty five pounds. No tennis, golf, softball or other sport with similar swinging motions. You may resume light exercise three weeks after surgery
  • Intimate relations. You may resume sexual activity as your body allows. Typically, with caution, you may have sexual activity 1-2 weeks after surgery.
  • Ensure you walk around frequently. When lying down move and pump legs. Frequent movement will help prevent blood clotting and reduce swelling.
  • Hydrate consistently throughout recovery. Ensure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, especially after treatment to replenish lost fluids.
  • Moderate swelling and drainage is expected. Drainage from incisions may be significant for the first 12 hours but should stop around 24 hours. Change gauze pads as needed.
  • Avoid direct sunlight to incision(s) for at least 1-year to avoid discoloration. Always wear a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher when outdoors.
  • See doctor immediately if you experience any of the follow symptoms: Temperature about 101.8 fahrenheit, shakes and chills, severe unrelieved pain, sudden onset of significant swelling or a reddened swollen area which feels firm.
  • 6 weeks following surgery you may resume swimming and hot tub activities as desired as long as your wounds have healed.
  • Make a plan with your provider on an appropriate health, nutrition, and skin care regimen to keep up your results and have long lasting success.
  • Call Find A Better You at 636-238-5863 for any questions or concerns you may have.