Top tips for a good recovery after liposuction
Performed on thousands of men and women each year, liposuction is a safe and effective procedure that can help you perfect your physique by targeting hard-to-shift fatty deposits on the stomach, hips, thighs and other problem areas.
As with most surgical procedures, it’s common for patients to experience some side effects such as bruising, swelling and discomfort following liposuction—however, there are a few things you can do to help you get back to normal quickly and without complications.
Tip #1: Allow time to rest
While it can be tempting to jump straight back into your old routine as soon as you feel well enough, you may jeopardise your recovery by neglecting to give your body the rest and TLC it needs.
The amount of time required to make a full recovery following liposuction can be different for everyone, but most people will need to allow around two weeks.
At a minimum, you’ll need to stay off your feet and allow your body to rest for at least 24-hours immediately following the procedure. After the initial recovery period, you can slowly introduce some moderate physical activity that won’t significantly increase your heart rate, like taking a leisurely walk or doing some light housework.
The speed at which you can return to work will largely depend on how much fat was removed during the procedure and how physically demanding your work is. If your job doesn’t involve strenuous physical activity and you only had a small amount of fat removed, you’ll most likely be ready to return to work within a few days. If a significant amount of fat was removed or you’re employed in a field which is more physically demanding, you should allow for a longer recovery period.
Tip #2: Wear compression garments
Your doctor will advise you to wear compression garments on the treatment area/s for around 4-6 weeks following liposuction. Compression garments can be purchased for most areas of the body and can be worn discreetly underneath loose clothing.
While you may think wearing compression garments is optional, it’s important to follow your doctors’ advice. Compression garments aid the body’s natural healing process by applying external pressure to the treatment area, helping to control swelling, minimise bruising and encourage blood circulation. You may also find compression garments also make it easier to move around and maintain good posture during your recovery.
Compression garments can also help to achieve a better aesthetic result—liposuction can on occasion cause the skin around the treatment area to ripple or bulge, but compression garments will minimise the chance of this occurring, promoting a smoother contour and superior result.
Tip #3: Take your medication
It’s also important to follow the instructions from your doctor and take any prescribed medications.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed to liposuction patients to prevent any infections from occurring.
You doctor may also recommend you take pain killers as required. While pain can affect everyone differently, it does have the potential to impact everything from your sleep and appetite to your ability to perform regular activities.
By following the advice of your doctor closely, you’ll give your body the best opportunity to avoid infection and ensure a quick and comfortable recovery.
Tip #4: Follow a nutritious diet
Another thing you can do to ensure the best possible recovery following liposuction is ensure you eat well and stay hydrated. By following a healthy diet, you’ll be giving your body the nutrients it needs to repair damaged tissue and return to tip-top shape.
Try to avoid both salt and sugar as much as possible—salt can cause the body to retain water and prolong swelling, while sugar can suppress the immune systems’ ability to fight bacteria and upset the body’s blood glucose levels.
Consume foods that are high in protein as they will assist any wounds, damaged skin and muscles to heal and repair. A probiotic can also help to maintain a good balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut, particularly if you’re taking antibiotics.
Tip #5: Build up your exercise regime slowly
If you love to work out it can be tempting to return to your pre-procedure exercise regime immediately following surgery, but it pays to wait a short while before working up a sweat.
We recommend that patients wait at least 10 days before attempting any form of intense physical activity. While it’s important to rest immediately after the procedure, introducing some light exercise into your schedule when you’re ready will encourage blood circulation and reduce the likelihood of experiencing blood clots.
The important thing to remember is to build up the intensity of your workouts gradually. Listen to the advice of your doctor and avoid attempting more rigorous activities until you know your body is conditioned to handle it.
Find out more about liposuction at Me Clinic
As one of the first clinics to start performing liposuction in Australia in the early 1980’s, we have over 30 years’ experience and have performed more than 20,000 body sculpting procedures.
To find out if liposuction is a suitable option for you, simply book your personal consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced surgeons.