Recommended Supplies for Body Contour Surgery – Abdominoplasty, Body Lift, Liposuction

Here’s a list of a few items that will help you after your body contour surgery. While most of them can be found at Walgreen’s and CVS, they’re probably cheaper at places like Albertson’s, Tom Thumb, and Kroger. Commonly known brands are listed in italics for reference. Store brand and generic forms are less expensive and may work just as well.

Dressing/wound care supplies for body contour surgery

Listed below are some items that may be helpful to you depending on what type of surgery you are going to have. Look for the specific procedure(s) you will be undergoing; the supplies listed there are what you will need.

dressing supplies for tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), lower body lift, back lift

  • Gauze (4×4 gauze or gauze rolls)
  • Tape for dressings (paper tape may work best)
  • Disposable exam gloves (nonsterile; vinyl or latex or nitrile)
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic)
  • Chlorhexidine (HibiClens)
  • Alcohol pads

dressing supplies for arm lift (brachioplasty), thigh lift
  • Gauze (4×4 gauze or rolls)
  • Tape for dressings (paper tape may work best)
  • Disposable exam gloves (nonsterile; vinyl or latex or nitrile)
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic)

dressing supplies for liposuction

If you are going to have liposuction without any of the procedures listed above, you won’t need all of the supplies listed above.  If you are going to have any of the procedures listed above, get those supplies instead of what is listed below.

  • Non-stick sterile bandages (Band-Aid; Curad)

other supplies for after body contour surgery

These are items you should pick up regardless of what type of surgery you will be undergoing.

  • Non-prescription medication to help minimize pain and swelling:  naproxen (Aleve), OR ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • A laxative (polyethylene glycol; MiraLAX)
  • Mild soap (Dove, Ivory, Cetaphil, baby wash)
  • Probiotics (can be either yogurt, smoothies, or tablets; Activia (a Fort Worth company!), Yoplait Plus)
  • Clear liquid drinks with sugar (not diet drinks, not artificial sweeteners).  Examples to consider:  Sprite, Gatorade, cranberry juice, apple juice, ginger ale
garments for body contour surgery

Black body shaper

You’ll want to have a garment to wear, and a garment in the wash; it’s probably best to have two garments.  Some well-known brand names are listed in italics.  A few good websites to consider:  Shapermint , Bare Necessities, Women’s Shapewear on Amazon , Rhonda Shear

Garments for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Lower body lift, liposuction of the abdomen and flanks:

A girdle or body shaper with a lower tummy control panel (Spanx, Gotoly)

Garments for thigh lift or thigh liposuction:

Training shorts (9 inch inseam or longer), yoga pants, leggings, or tights,  (Nike, Lululemon, AdidasAthleta)

Garments for arm lift (Brachioplasty):

Spandex long sleeve shirt.  (Spanx Arm Tights, Rhonda Shear)



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