7 Precautions should be taken after liposuction treatment
by Skin Expert Sophie Addison
Liposuction is a semi-invasive procedure that is used to remove excess and unwanted fat from the body. While it is an elective (meaning not medically necessary) procedure, it is still surgery, and there are many things that patients need to know when thinking about going this route. Liposuction is a highly effective way to shed a large amount of fat quickly. However, unless you know what to expect and how to take care of yourself after the procedure, you might not get the results that you want.
Be sure to follow all your doctor’s post-operative care procedures. After liposuction, you should be given medication as well as literature that documents the ins and outs of your recovery. What follows are a few more things to keep in mind after having liposuction, that will help make the recovery process much easier.
- Don’t Try to Drive Yourself Home
This is major surgery; that means you will be anesthetized. This means it is vital that you have someone else who can give you a ride home after liposuction surgery. You will be unable to operate a car after this procedure. In fact, it isn’t recommended that you drive for about five days after your surgery. This will allow you to heal enough to no longer need pain medication (under the influence of which you should not operate a motor vehicle), as well as regain the strength and mobility you need to drive safely.
- Don’t Get Active too Quickly
It is important to get up and walk around regularly after your liposuction so that you don’t retain water or have unnecessary swelling. However, your activity should be limited to light walking for about two weeks after your surgery. It is important to develop a good workout regimen after getting this surgery, but getting active too soon can leave you at risk of injury.
- Know What You Can and Can’t Eat Right After Liposuction
While there are no specific dietary restrictions after surgery, it is recommended that you eat light for about a week after the procedure. This just helps to avoid unnecessary discomfort from being too full. It is also recommended to avoid highly salty foods or caffeinated beverages as well as these can further contribute to swelling.
- Avoid Alcohol for One Week
It is recommended that you avoid drinking any alcohol for one week after your liposuction surgery. This gives your body time to heal, and it is also highly risky to take pain medication in conjunction with alcohol.
- Don’t Immerse Yourself in Water
It is recommended that you do not fully immerse yourself in water until about a week after your liposuction. This allows the surgical site to heal before it is exposed fully to water.
- Compression Garments
These are highly important garments to wear after liposuction surgery. You are advised to wear them for at least two weeks after having the procedure. Some doctors recommend wearing these garments for a full 4-6 weeks after the surgery to aid in keeping the skin tight. These garments not only help keep the skin pulled in, but they also aid in absorbing the excess fluid that is used in the liposuction process.
- Know What to Expect
It helps to have a keen understanding of what to expect after liposuction so that you know whether or not the symptoms you are feeling are normal or complications that need to be addressed by a medical professional.
It is natural to experience pain around the surgical site for close to a week after surgery. It is likely to be still drainage from the surgical site for about the same time as well. Most people, due to the fluid buildup and swelling, do not notice any significant weight loss for about two weeks after the surgery. It is then that the results become noticeable.
Be sure to read the literature carefully that the doctor provides you with. There is a list of cautions and symptoms that need to be immediately cared for. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Follow the aftercare instructions as closely as you possibly can to help ensure that you heal as fast and properly as possible.
Liposuction is a surefire way to reduce the amount of fat in the body. Many people have turned to this procedure and have been very pleased with the results. Though it is an elective surgery, this is still a pretty major surgery and precautions need to be taken to ensure that you heal as quickly as possible after the procedure. Following all the post-operative instructions provided by your doctor, not getting active too fast, eating lightly, avoiding alcohol, and understanding what to expect in the recovery process will help to ensure that your procure goes as smoothly as possible, and you get the results you want.