After undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, what you do during your recovery will play an important role in the quality of your results. Patients that don’t closely follow their aftercare instructions put themselves at an increased risk of developing complications, increasing scarring, and having an unsatisfactory outcome. Liposuction, which is designed to remove fat and contour the body, can have little payoff when patients don’t properly follow their recovery guidelines. Here are some helpful tips to have an easy recovery and help ensure the best results possible.
Plan for Plenty of Rest
You will need to get plenty of rest in the days following your liposuction procedure. During the first day the effects of sedation or general anesthesia, will be slowly waning which can leave you excessively tired and groggy. Additionally, your body uses a lot of energy during the healing process, which can leave you feeling fatigued. Many patients will also find that their medication has sleep-inducing side effects. It is important that you plan to have two or three purely rest days following your procedure.
Follow Your “Aftercare Instructions”
Your incisions will be covered with bandages for several days following your surgery. Proper care and maintenance of your incisions is important to prevent infection. Infections can be dangerous to your health and affect the quality of your appearance and scars. You may also be required to take prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection.
Wear Compression Garments or Wraps
Compression garments may be important to wear following your liposuction procedure. You should find a compression garment that is fitted to your size and designed for your liposuction treatment area. Compression garments provide a multitude of benefits. If too tight though they can inhibit circulation following treatment. They do help to minimize bruising and excess swelling. Additionally, they provide support to your healing treatment areas and help prevent the development of seromas. However, more is not better. Garments and bands can roll and form a tourniquet. If this is the case then no garment may be better.
A seroma is excess fluid buildup that rarely occurs following liposuction due to the lymphatic vessels in the fatty tissue being disrupted during treatment. In order to prevent seromas from developing- intense physical activities should be avoided for at least three or four weeks following your procedure depending upon the amount of liposuction and your energy level.
Eat a Healthy Diet
It is important to eat a balanced diet with supplementation of iron and protein following your liposuction procedure. The healing process requires energy and nutrients, so it is important that your diet be adequate. You should also maintain a healthy diet after your recovery to prevent weight gain in other places. Contouring your body does not mean weight gain is no longer possible. Remember that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but rather a contouring maneuver.
If you are considering liposuction to eliminate unwanted deposits of fat, schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt today. Contact our office at (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.