Liposuction is a very popular procedure here at Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne. It is a suitable option for patients who wish to get rid of pockets of stubborn fat to achieve their desired figure and body contour.
The recovery process after liposuction is at its most intense in the 48-72 hours after surgery. You will likely experience a degree of pain and discomfort, which can be mitigated with pain medication to help improve your comfort levels. This period can also be helped along with a compression garment, rest, and limited physical activity.
While most patients return to work in one to two weeks after the procedure, there are some things you can do to improve your recovery time.
Tips for the First Few Weeks After Surgery
It is vital that you continue wearing the compression garment and you will likely notice that any pain should have fully subsided around the two-week mark post-liposuction procedure. The results of the procedure should also start to become noticeable with all incisions fully healed with only some light bruising or swelling remaining.
It will help significantly if you avoid intensive exercise until given the all-clear.
Six Weeks After Surgery
Typically, swelling and bruising should have resolved with no more need to wear compression garments. High impact exercises will likely be fine at this point as well.
The role of a good diet is vital to a quick recovery after liposuction. It will help to reduce swelling, and the incorporation of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients help your body to regain its strength. Keep the following diet rules in mind:
- Reduce salt as it encourages the body to retain water worsening swelling. Choose foods that are low in sodium
- Increase your intake of protein
- Decrease your intake of sugar as it will suppress your immune system
- Consume small amounts of food to avoid nausea or bloating
- Increase fruits such as watermelon, strawberry, grapefruit, celery and zucchini
Liposuction Recovery and Exercise
It is essential to rest for the first 24 hours following any form of liposuction surgery, after which light exercises can speed up the body’s healing process. Intensive training should be avoided for the first few weeks, and proper hydration is vital during the entire recovery phase. Aim for 10-12 glasses of water per day. Other beverages such as tea, and diluted fruit juice can help, but sports drinks such as Gatorade should be avoided as they contain high amounts of sodium.
Other Recovery Tips
It is very important that incision areas are kept clean, which means changing your bandages regularly to prevent infection. To assist with this, avoid clothes that fit too tightly as they can irritate your skin, slowing the recovery process. Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is highly recommended.
Many patients also ask about lymphatic drainage massage to release accumulated toxins from the lymph nodes. This can also decrease recovery time, discomfort and pain and can be performed weekly. It can also boost your immunity while lowering the risk of infection.
Always Listen to Your Surgeon
The expert cosmetic specialist at Chelsea Cosmetics will provide post-care instructions for uninterrupted healing and recovery. In the case of any medication being provided, it must be taken strictly according to accompanying instructions.
We are always on-hand to answer any specific questions during your recovery process, and follow up appointments will provide further opportunity to assess your progress and monitor the healing and recovery phase after liposuction.