Liposuction helps reshape and contour areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise by removing excess body fat deposits. While liposuction is typically a quick outpatient procedure, it may take several weeks before you’re feeling back to normal, depending on the area and extent of the procedure. Following these liposuction recovery tips can help speed your healing:
Have Realistic Recovery Goals – Your goals during liposuction recovery are to manage your pain, ensure wound healing and control swelling. In fact, it may take several months for the swelling to completely resolve. Recovery requires patience and realistic expectations for how soon you will see your new body shape.
Take All Medications as Instructed – Some amount of pain is expected for several days following liposuction. Controlling pain is important because it helps you rest, recover and return to your normal activities. Most people can control the pain with acetaminophen (Tylenol), however you may be prescribed stronger pain relievers depending on the type and extent of your liposuction. Dr. Nickodem may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infections.
Wear Your Compression Garments as Directed – You will have swelling after liposuction and will need to wear a compression garment or elastic bandages to help reduce swelling and bruising. The gentle support from the compression can also help relieve pain. Most people need to wear the compression garment for several weeks after surgery. Keep in mind that there will still be swelling even after you are done wearing the compression garment and it can take several months for the swelling to fully subside.
Return to Your Normal Activities with Ease – Returning to normal activities following liposuction can take several days to weeks. Most people return to work within a few days and exercise within a week or two. Follow Dr. Nickodem’s specific instructions for you because doing too much too fast can cause problems.
Care for Your Incisions – Wounds take approximately two weeks to heal after liposuction. You may have drains in your wounds for a few days to expel fluids. Follow all instructions for covering and dressing the wounds, keeping them dry and showering. Avoid bathtubs, pools or soaking the wounds until you are cleared to do so.
Watch for Complications – It’s important to be aware of possible complications while you recover from liposuction. Call your doctor right away if you experience fever, worsening pain or more swelling than expected because these could be signs of a complication. Other warning signs of a complication include shortness of breath, chest pain or leg pain, redness or swelling.
Be Patient – It can take several months to realize the full effects of liposuction. Don’t get discouraged by your appearance right after liposuction. Be patient as your body recovers from your procedure. Dr. Nickodem will monitor your progress as you heal.
If you are interested in liposuction in Annandale and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nickodem, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com.