What Is The Recovery Period For Liposuction?
Immediately After Liposuction
The first 24-72 hours after Liposuction you will notice some fluid drainage from the treated area. The fluid is put in to make the fat removal easier and the body will then expel it when it’s no longer needed. The fluid will leak on to your clothes and sheets so it’s recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothes which you don’t mind fluid getting on to.
Bruising and swelling of the area will be obvious post-surgery as this is an invasive procedure, but it should subside over the next few days. However it may take months for the swelling to completely subside and for the final results of the surgery to be visible.
The Recovery Period
You must follow the instructions your surgeon gives you regarding your stitches completely. You may find that you have open incisions or stitches and you will be given steri-strips to cover them. It is vital that you don’t touch or try to removes the steri-strips , they will either fall off on their own or your surgeon will remove them for you. Keeping them in will aid the recovery of your incisions and ensure they heal faster. You should monitor your incisions for signs of recovery such as redness, increased swelling, excessive drainage, pus or bad odours. If the areas becomes too warm or you develop a temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) you should contact your doctor immediately.
Your surgeon will also give you a compression garment to wear at all times during your recovery to help reduce the swelling. You will advised as to when you can remove this garment and it can be taken off for showering, but you should take care not to get your steri-strips wet. You will be allowed to shower 24 hours after the surgery, but care must be taken not to rub the area and it should be patted dry gently. You will not be allowed to sit in water, whether it is a bath, swimming pool or hot tub, for two weeks after surgery.
You will also have to avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks in order to give your body plenty of time to recover and recuperate, and you should eat a healthy diet. The results of your surgery are best maintained with a healthy, active lifestyle, so your surgeon will advise you when you can resume exercise.
The majority of patients find liposuction is fairly straightforward and few have problems if they adhere to the advice and instructions given by their surgeon. Don’t forget that if you have and questions or concerns during your recovery period you can always contact the clinic and seek the advice of the patient coordinator. If you’re considering Liposuction and would like to find out more information contact us today and we can arrange a consultation for you.