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Liposuction recovery tips

Resources and Info on Liposuction Recovery Tips

While liposuction is by far one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, recovery is still just as important as the procedure itself. Because of how common its become, the risk factors have been greatly reduced because of developments and advancements in the medical field, but you still need to take time and care of your body after surgery to ensure a swift and SAFE recovery.


Potential Risks

Now, (not to scare you or anything) but any time you undergo surgery there are always associated risks factors. Liposuction is no different. One of the main issues or risks with regards to liposuction procedures is adema. This is when fluid collects under the incision site which can lead to discomfort, swelling, and more serious issues. However, if proper steps to recovery are taken this risk can be greatly reduced, with the help of your surgeon (but it’s on you to follow through with their instructions)!


How to Recover Quickly

To prevent adema after your liposuction treatment, by leaving incisions open afterwards and combined with compression garments, the fluid can drain out and not collect/create discomfort. Using compression garments also begins the healing process more quickly and the uniform pressure is often quite comfortable. This process allows the body to heal without stitches. The open drainage allows for less bruising and swelling, which also speeds up the recovery time from liposuction procedures. Many patients feel completely back to normal (without lipo-related issues) after about four weeks. In fact, many people return to work after ~3-5 days of rest. Compression garments absolutely are credited for this speedy return and allow you to return to light activity with less discomfort.


The Stages of Recovery

As you may have seen on the ContourMD website, there are three stages of recovery from a liposuction procedure. There are different recommended compression garments and recovery accessories at each stage, to allow you to recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.


Stage 1
In the first 1-2 weeks after surgery you will notice that the first few days are the worst and you should feel a gradual but steady improvement in soreness. You’ll have pain medication for the first few days and further instructions from your surgeon that pertain to you specifically, because everyone recovers differently. In general, this is the stage where you will wear the tightest compression garments for support of your muscles, to encourage proper drainage at incision sites, and to speed the recovery. It is important to wear these garments as per your doctor or surgeon as they not only help with recovery but also with achieving your desired aesthetic appearance post-procedure. If you have a sedentary job (like a desk job) many people can return to work after 1-2 weeks, but if you have a physically demanding job you may need to schedule more time for recovery or ask for an alternate task for a while.


Stage 2
Weeks 3-5 are considered Stage 2 at ContourMD. You’ll have had your first follow up appointment with your doctor or surgeon by this time and they will have provided further instruction to you based on your current recovery. Compression garments are still worn during this time but you can usually switch to a lighter, less bulky compression that can be worn easily under your clothes. After one month you likely won’t feel any pain but may have some slight swelling still. You’ll also start to see the visible results from your procedure (which will continue to “appear” more as the swelling subsides). Heavy activities should still be avoided but many people return to light, low impact exercise at this time.


Stage 3
Beyond 5 weeks is usually where you’ll see the full results of your liposuction surgery. If you’ve been religious about wearing your compression, most of the swelling and bruising should have subsided. Many people choose to wear a very light compression garment at this point, if you feel you still need support or it is advised by your surgeon, but some people are also fine to go without one.


Liposuction Recovery Overview

Remember that everyone recovers differently and sees different results from this procedure. You will work directly with your surgeon and monitor your post-op recovery that is tailored to your body’s needs. The stages mentioned above are a generalized process of what recovery is like for the majority of liposuction patients. Your recovery may be slower to return to “normal” or you may feel better sooner if compression works well for you. Whatever you do though, do not rush your return to strenuous activity and be sure to rest up, get a lot of sleep, eat healthy foods, and provide your body with the love it needs!

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