Liposuction is a common cosmetic surgery designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, waist, and thighs. Knowing how to care for yourself after liposuction helps enhance your comfort and promote healing. Though every case is unique, the aftercare instructions provided by our team at Somerset Plastic Surgery set the basic expectations for your recovery. Here are some tips for caring for yourself following a liposuction procedure:

Get Plenty of Rest 

Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you’re able to go home on the same day as your surgery. Plan to take time off work if needed to get adequate rest. Limit your physical activity for the first few days following your procedure. Ask for assistance from family or friends to accomplish household tasks, including looking after your kids if you have young children. Follow a healthy sleep schedule, getting the recommended hours of sleep for your age group. Try to rest whenever you feel tired, whether that involves lying down on the couch for a few minutes or taking a nap.

Care for the Treatment Area

Caring for your liposuction treatment area includes wearing the compression garments provided by your surgeon. These compression garments serve two purposes. The first purpose is to reduce swelling in the treatment area by preventing the build-up of excess subcutaneous fluid. The second is to help contour your body to its new desired shape. Wear the garments for as long as your surgeon instructs, which can be up to six weeks.

Keep the treatment area clean, paying particular attention to any surgical drains left in your incision to assist with drainage. Practice good hygiene and shower regularly. Pat yourself dry with a towel after showering rather than rubbing your body with it. This gentle process will reduce the potential of accidentally opening up your surgical incisions.

Follow a Healthy Diet Plan 

Ask your surgeon for any special dietary recommendations immediately following your surgery. The anesthetic used during your procedure and/or the post-operative medications you’re prescribed may cause some lingering nausea. Lighter foods might be easier to digest during this time. Eating several smaller meals throughout the day (rather than three large ones) can also help keep your energy up.

Drink plenty of fluids, as hydration may help you avoid fatigue and keep you feeling satisfied. Try to consume fresh fruits and vegetables to help limit inflammation. Your dietary changes may also go beyond your short-term recovery period. Making positive changes in eating habits can help maintain your cosmetic surgery results over the long term.

Engage in Light Activity

Another factor in sustaining your surgical results is consistent physical activity. The fatigue you feel immediately following your surgery might limit what activities you can do; simply getting up on your feet may be enough during these first few days. Listen to your body and slowly start to increase your activity level as your energy levels allow. Start by taking a walk around your house, then transition to your neighborhood or a local park. Light jogging can usually be resumed roughly one month following your surgery.

Consult with your plastic surgeon during your first couple of follow-up visits about when you can resume weight training or intense aerobic activity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons sets the expectation for this at about six weeks. This is also the time when you can visibly notice the results of your liposuction procedure and shift your focus to maintaining them with healthy habits.

Stay Positive 

Remember throughout your recovery process that moderate post-operative pain is normal. Manage it by taking your prescribed pain medication, and talk to your surgeon if it gets too severe. Be an active participant in your care by asking questions throughout your recovery process. Having realistic expectations could help combat any mental malaise that comes from the potential pain and fatigue of surgery.

Be patient as you wait for the desired results of your liposuction to appear. Write down the anticipated timelines of your recovery given to you by your surgeon, as having this visual depiction of the process may help dissuade any discouragement from setting in. Engage frequently with family and friends to help maintain a positive attitude and support system.

Learn More About Cosmetic Surgery at Somerset Plastic Surgery

Managing your recovery process after cosmetic surgery is a key step for minimizing risks and optimizing your results. Follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to help minimize discomfort, speed up your recovery, and promote long-term health. Communicating with your surgeon and attending regular aftercare appointments also allows them to monitor your progress and promote a successful recovery. Our team at Somerset Plastic Surgery is available to you throughout the entire process. Contact us today for more information on liposuction or any of the other services that we offer.