If you are considering a liposuction procedure, there are a few tips to consideration to ensure your recovery goes smoothly. Typically, there will be periods of pain and discomfort immediately following the procedure. Swelling and bruising can also occur around the treated areas. While most of it can be managed through main medication, are there several additional methods to help with your post-treatment recovery time. Here are some post-surgery tips to consider when scheduling your next liposuction procedure.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, but your body will need time to rest following the procedure. Now is the time to catch up on your binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. Rest is a critical factor in allowing your body to heal. So let your body rest and skip on the intensive workouts for several weeks following your procedure. After several weeks of recovery, patients should be able to do light exercises such as short walks around the neighborhood. Always consult with your physician prior to starting any type of light workouts.
Most cosmetic surgeons will recommend to their patients that compression garments be worn after the liposuction procedure as a post-surgery tips. We usually recommend compression garments be worn for two months after the surgery. The compression also assists with the tightening of the skin that occurs after liposuction. While compression garments may be uncomfortable, they can reduce pain and swelling in the treated areas, as well as protect incisions and aid in the proper drainage of fluids. In fact, your incision areas should remain covered and dry, so that means avoiding soaking in baths or pools to prevent the risk of infection until the incision areas are healed. These essential garments will greatly aid in your recovery time.
Not only should you rest and cover your treated areas, but you should consider maintaining a healthy diet as well. Your body will require the proper nutrients to aid in the healing process. A healthy dose of greens and antioxidants will be beneficial in your body’s recovery period. Since you should not partake in heavy exercise, eating healthy will be necessary to keep your body feeling good. In fact, fruits high in bromelain and quercetin can help with the swelling and bruising during this recovery period; these nutrients are commonly found in apples and pineapples.
Techniques such as lymphatic drainage massages, also called manual lymph drainage, can assist your body in releasing pent up toxins. Draining the lymph nodes with this comfortable massage can also help reduce your recovery time and fight off infection. Don’t feel bad indulging yourself with a couple massages during this recovery period!