How to Quickly Recover After Liposuction

41485934In 2013, liposuction was the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, up by 16.3 percent from that of 2012. Here at our Worcester cosmetic surgery practice, we offer the most advanced techniques in liposuction, making it easy for our patients to undergo the procedure with the less amount of pain possible while enjoying shorter recovery periods. 

Immediately After Liposuction

The incision where the cannula was inserted to suction out extra fat may leak fluids for a couple of days. Thus, a drainage tube may be put in place to remove the fluid away from the wound. You may be asked to wear compression garments too.

The sensation of pain will be felt once the anesthesia wears off. You will be prescribed with pain medications to help deal with it. In addition, redness and swelling on and around the incision site will also be felt.

The most important thing to do around this time is to rest as much as possible.

First to Second Week After Liposuction

There are two things that you need to focus on during this time: pain and bruising or swelling. Pain is a natural response to the incision that was made.. You can manage it through pain medications and by engaging in activities that will distract you from the pain such as doing meditation, reading a lot, or watching your favorite movies/TV shows.

Meanwhile, bruising and swelling can be dealt by using compression garments and using cold compresses. You may also use herbal supplements but you need to check first with your general doctor if it will not interfere with the other medications you’re taking.

Second Week and Beyond After Liposuction

Pain, swelling, and bruising may have subsided at around this point. Every so often, matters concerning exercise and physical activity may be incorporated at around this phase of recovery. 

You can engage in light exercises by the 2nd or 3rd week following liposuction. By the 6th week following the following the procedure, you can already resume to your usual fitness routine. However, it may be best that you get in touch with your plastic surgeon for the go-ahead signal.

Patience is Indeed a Virtue!

When it comes to recovering from liposuction or any other type of plastic surgery, we always encourage our patients to be patient with themselves. Exercising or resuming their daily routine too soon may actually cause them harm and lengthen recovery time. 

If you’re like to learn more recovering from liposuction, we invite you to get in touch with us! Call Julie Gilson, our very accommodating patient coordinator, at 508-334-5990 or fill out this contact form to set up a consultation.We look forward to your visit!


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