Recovery Tips After a Liposuction
An integral part of your discussion about any procedure should be recovery expectations, and here at La Belle we want to put your mind and body at ease. One of the most common cosmetic procedures, liposuction, is performed in our office as a walk in and walk out procedure, which makes getting back to your busy schedule that much easier. To make your recovery even smoother here are a few tips to consider after your liposuction procedure.
*All recovery tips are given to each patient & is subject to each individual.
1. Be kind to your body. After your procedure, you will likely feel sore, so this is a good time to give your body appropriate rest time. The days immediately after your procedure are not the time to begin an intense new workout program, so instead, focus on taking walks, which will also help prevent blood clots. Even a few minutes a day will help, and you can increase your physical activity as you become more comfortable, or talk with us about your physical activity needs. Being kind to your body can be not just a post-liposuction mantra, but one you carry throughout your life.
2. Be prepared for possible wardrobe adjustments. After your liposuction, you will need to wear special compression garments to help your body adjust. These special garments may not feel comfortable under your everyday clothes, so be sure to find the proper fit. They should be tight fitting, but not overly constricting, and should definitely not cause numbness. Consider making a few small adjustments to your clothing choices, like using lightweight, comfortable clothing over your compression garments to make your day-to-day activities a little easier. After you’ve completed the necessary time wearing the compression garments, perhaps treat yourself to a new outfit—one that shows off your newfound body confidence! We actually provide these medical grade compression garments.
3. Be careful with water exposure. This is often an afterthought, but our bodies come into contact with water much more often than we realize. This is an important consideration because the incision marks from liposuction must remain clean throughout your recovery, so take special care not to submerge yourself in water until you’ve been told it’s ok (sorry, that bubble bath will have to wait!). You should also avoid steam rooms and swimming pools, which will put your cuts at greater risk of infection. When showering, use a washcloth to avoid unnecessary water submersion, or cover your incisions carefully. Following our post-op instructions regarding your incisions that will help you have the safest, easiest recovery possible.
4. Set up a support system. Have a friend or family member check in with you after your procedure. You might want some company if you’re feeling particularly sore or isolated. This doesn’t have to be an around-the-clock system or anything of the sort. Just ask someone to call in regularly to see how you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Ensuring you get any support you may need to be comfortable will make your recovery faster and easier.
5. Replenish with water. Replenish your body with water after the first 48 hours of surgery. Because with liposuction, you will lose a lot of fluids the first couple days, so to avoid getting weak you should replenish a lot. Plus it’s healthier & you’ll feel better!