What to do after Liposuction Surgery?

The Dos

DO minimize excessive movement after the surgery. This reduces the risk of infection, swelling, and bruising around the treated areas. It also stabilizes the blood flow within, letting your body adjust to its new shape faster.
DO have someone accompany you home after surgery. You may experience difficulty moving around during the first 24 hours after the surgical procedure, which is why having a loved one help around will be very useful. Get plenty of rest and speed up your body’s healing and reduce swelling.
DO wear liposuction compression garments. You will be provided with 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. You should also wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid putting pressure on the surgical area.

DO attend your post-surgical check-ups. This allows us to monitor your recovery and ensure that you are healing properly. During these follow-ups, we can also recommend further action, such as when to stop taking pain medication and wearing a compression garment. Our surgeon will also check on the progress of your wound healing and let you know how soon you can resume certain activities and return to work.
Sign up for series of Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. Plastic surgery procedures, whether they involve liposuction, breast augmentation, or facelifts, often disrupt the natural flow of the lymphatic system. Surgical trauma, anesthesia, and the manipulation of tissues can result in inflammation and fluid accumulation. This is where manual lymphatic drainage massage becomes a valuable tool in aiding the body’s natural healing processes, removing of post-surgical metabolic and medical wastes, assisting the body with reduction of post-surgical edema accumulation, bruising and swelling.
DO stay hydrated. Adequate hydration is crucial to avoid dehydration during the recovery period after liposuction. Drinking plenty of water daily will help the body recover more quickly.
DO move around your home. While it is important to allow your body to rest and recover in the first 24 hours after liposuction, light exercise, including short walks, can speed up the body’s healing process. Light movement around at home during the first week after surgery will improve blood circulation but still avoid strenuous activity and exercise.

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 during 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.

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. 

Maintain a healthy body by sticking to a proper diet and exercise routine so you can enjoy the results of liposuction longer. 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 the results settle.