5 Tips for a Better Liposuction Recovery
An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is an important part of gaining outstanding results from any plastic surgery. However, your recovery can also make or break the quality of your results. Poor planning ahead of time for your recovery or negligence during recovery can lead to poor results or complications. This is true for liposuction patients, who may view the procedure as less invasive and not requiring proper recovery care. Here are 5 tips for a better liposuction recovery to ensure you achieve the most amazing results possible.
1. Follow Your Aftercare Instructions
It may seem a little on the nose to say this, but carefully following the list of instructions from your doctor will help ensure a smooth recovery. Typical aftercare instructions include how often to change your bandages to prevent infection, when to take your pain medication, and how to care for your body. Your surgeon’s aftercare instructions are designed to provide you with a smooth recovery, and the doctor knows best!
*Extra tip: get your aftercare instructions early to better plan your recovery.
2. Plan for Plenty of Convenient Rest
You will require an extra amount of rest during the first several days of your recovery. Not only is your body working overtime to heal itself, but many pain medications have sleep-inducing side effects. Be sure to plan two to three purely rest days following your surgery. Don’t strain yourself doing things on your own; have someone available to help you during this time.
*Extra tip: depending on your area of liposuction, you may not want to climb stairs following your procedure. Set up a comfortable area to rest downstairs, preferably one close the kitchen, television, and bathroom.
3. Eat Healthy
Pain medication can cause some people to lose their appetites, but what you’re eating during your recovery is important. Healing requires a large amount of energy and nutrients. Make sure your diet is packed with protein and iron, which are necessary to the healing process. Maintaining a healthy diet long after your surgery will also prolong the results of your liposuction and prevent additional weight gain.
4. Wear the Right Compression Garment
Compression garments are worn following liposuction to help with skin elasticity, to minimize swelling, and to prevent fluid build up. You should wear a compression garment to gain the best results possible. However, make sure your garment is properly fitted to you. Compression garments that are too tight can inhibit circulation.
5. Prevent Seromas
A seroma is the buildup of excess fluid that rarely occurs following liposuction due to the lymphatic vessels in the fatty tissue being disrupted during treatment. In order to prevent seromas from developing, intense physical activities should be avoided for at least three or four weeks following your procedure depending on the amount of liposuction and your energy level.
If you are considering liposuction to eliminate unwanted deposits of fat, schedule your consultation with Dr. Grotting and Dr. Cohn today. Call our office at 205.930.1600 or contact us online.