8 Do’s and Dont’s of Liposuction Recovery

After you and your surgeon invest time, effort, and money in the operating room for the flattering shape and profile you have always wanted, you may ask yourself: What now Well, liposuction is just the beginning of the overall procedure After that comes recovery Over the next few months, your body... | Read More

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After you and your surgeon invest time, effort, and money in the operating room for the flattering shape and profile you have always wanted, you may ask yourself: What now? Well, liposuction is just the beginning of the overall procedure. After that comes recovery. Over the next few months, your body will heal and slowly adjust to its new, slimmer form.

It is too easy to get complacent after surgery, but the truth is that taking proper care of your body now will further enhance your profile for years to come. What you do during the recovery process ultimately determines the results that you will get. Follow the recovery tips below and you will be well on your way to a better and more confident you!

What to do after Liposuction Surgery?

The Dos

  1. DO consult your doctor if you are a viable candidate for liposuction. There are a few factors that must be taken into accounts, such as your age or your BMI (body mass index). Exceeding certain thresholds may make the operation less effective than normal, so try to also set realistic expectations towards your results.
  2. DO decide with your doctor which liposuction procedure is best for you to know the best way to recover. Each method has its own unique approach towards fat removal and may require special care during recovery to produce an overall better figure.
  3. DO minimize excessive movement after the surgery. This reduces swelling and bruising around the treated areas. It also stabilizes the blood flow within, letting your body adjust to its new shape faster.
  4. DO have someone accompany you on the day of the surgery and the day after. You may experience difficulty moving around during the first 24 hours, which is why having a loved one help around will be very useful. In addition, getting plenty of rest speeds up your body’s healing.
  5. DO wear liposuction compression garments. You will be provided one before you leave the hospital, and you must wear it constantly. Compression garments keep your new figure intact as it heals, enhancing the final results. These garments also help prevent infection, so keep it and your wounds clean.
  6. DO attend post-surgical check-ups. This allows us to monitor your recovery and ensure that you are healing properly. It is also during these follow-ups that we can recommend further action, such as when to stop taking painkillers and wearing a compression garment.

The Don’ts

  1. DO NOT take ibuprofen or any anti-inflammatory medications. These may thin your blood and cause it to flow faster than normal. Negative effects may include blood clots and swelling in parts of your body far away from the treatment area.
  2. DO NOT smoke or drink within the recovery process. Nicotine and alcohol also thin the blood. They also have a host of other side effects that further impede healing or the results of your operation.

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But What About Long-term Maintenance?

Obtaining your ideal results is one thing, but keeping your new figure in the years to come is the final step. Liposuction does not remove all fatty tissue in your body, and what remains can often pick up the slack and ruin your figure. Sticking to a proper diet and exercise routine is key to maintaining your body. Another round of surgery is an option, but undergoing liposuction multiple times in the same area can cause unsightly skin rippling or painful scar tissue to develop.

The first liposuction will always produce the best results, especially when paired with a proper recovery process. It takes some work to develop the habit, but it will be worth it for that boost in looks and confidence once results settle.


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