What to Do After Your Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is a very common plastic surgery procedure that can help you target pockets of stubborn pudginess and gently re-sculpt contours around trouble spots like arms, hips, and thighs. However, like any other surgical procedure (cosmetic or otherwise), there is a recovery phase. How well you follow instructions from your surgeon in the days and weeks after your surgery can have a significant impact on how quickly you heal, so you should take it seriously!
Pain, swelling, and bruising will be the worst in the first few days, up to about a week. We ask you not to raise your heart rate or do any strenuous activity for at least 3-4 days. Feel free to get up, go to the kitchen, go to the bathroom, etc., but otherwise take it nice and easy. Once that initial period is complete, you can do more walking and light activity. Gradually, you’ll be able to do more and more, with a full return to normal activity usually occurring around the six-week mark.
Immediately after your surgery, we’ll fit you with some kind of elastic bandage or compression garment designed to minimize the amount of swelling you experience. You’ll have to wear it for about three or four weeks.
We’ll see you again the day after your surgery to get your bandages changed, check your drainage, and give you further instructions. At the one-week mark, we’ll see you a second time. From that point, we’ll schedule two more appointments on an appropriate timeline for additional check-ups, instructions, and pictures.
If you have a typical desk job, you may be able to go back to work within a week or so. If your job is more physically active or requires you to carry heavy objects, you might need more time off, or light duty at first. The soreness will persist for a while, and fluid drainage may take a few months.
We know—it sounds like a lot! In truth, recovery isn’t always easy, especially those first few days. But the results are more than worth it! The fat cells removed via liposuction are gone permanently; even if you do regain some weight, later on, it will typically show itself as an “enlarged” version of your new silhouette, rather than a return to your old contours.
Is liposuction the right choice for you? The best way to find out is through a consultation with Dr. Lisa Learn. We can go over in more detail what you like and don’t like about your outline, your options, and realistic expectations. To get started, give us a call today at (954) 380-8411.