For more information on liposuction recovery and the process, call Kenneth Bermudez, MD, in San Francisco at 415-712-1800 to learn more!
Liposuction is minimally invasive but remains a surgical procedure from which a person must heal and recover patiently. It demands as much attention and care as any other surgical procedure.
Typically, the medical history, age, overall health condition, liposuction type, anesthetic used, and the extent of the area covered influence the duration of recovery. Here’s what to expect during this period.
Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure, but you may require an overnight stay if the doctors place you under general anesthesia. Small areas only need a local anesthetic or an epidural for lower body areas.
The doctor fits small drains at the surgical incision sites to prevent fluid buildup. A fluid buildup would reduce the healing rate. Bandages or an elasticated support corset tied to the treated area also helps bring down the swelling and bruising. Patients must wear the support corset for a few weeks after the procedure.
You may experience some pain and soreness for the first few days. Prescribed analgesics will help bring down the swelling and pain. The doctor will also place you under antibiotics to prevent infections. Ensure that you adhere to your medication schedule because it quiets down any discomfort and allows you to heal faster.
In a week or two, the soreness and the pain will have gone down. By the end of the two weeks, most people feel strong enough to return to work. However, if your job is physically involving, consider taking some extra time off. All the while, continue wearing your compression corset.
By the fourth week, most patients have no pain or soreness. But, if you see any swelling, do not be alarmed. It is normal and may take a few months to go down. Liposuction bruises are also visible at this point, and as the swelling goes down, your body’s contour continues to improve. If you must return to your exercise regime, do so, but stick to the lighter exercises.
By the time you hit the six-week mark, most of the swelling and bruising will have gone down. You may put away the compression corset, and there are no movement restrictions. However, if the doctor expresses concern, take the advice given. From now on, the full results of your liposuction should be visible.
For speedy healing, eat more proteins, bring down your salt consumption, and drink lots of water. Proteins are bodybuilding foods, and they aid in tissue healing. Reduce your salt intake because salt promotes swelling by increasing the body’s water retention.
Ensure that you keep moving around even during the early days. A short walk will not strain your body. Do not put on tight belts or waistbands as they obstruct fluid drainage.
Plenty of rest also helps quicken the healing, especially right after the procedure. Avoid picking up your children for the first few weeks after surgery. If possible, get a family member or friend help you with chores or take care of your young children.
Recovery from liposuction is gradual, but the effects of the procedure last a long time. For professional guidance on liposuction and the recovery process, visit Kenneth Bermudez, MD, in San Francisco, California. You can also call 415-712-1800 to book your appointment.