While liposuction generally includes a relatively quick and uncomplicated recovery, properly preparing for your healing time can help to streamline the process and enhance your results. The below liposuction recovery tips will help you know what to expect so you can prepare well in advance for a smooth recovery.
1. Work Some Downtime Into Your Schedule
Recovery from liposuction shouldn’t take long, but you still need to plan for some rest and relaxation time after your procedure. Take some time off work and arrange for help with children and pets for the first few days after liposuction to ensure your body is able to properly rest and recover. Most people are able to return to light work a week after liposuction. Although you may feel fine, it is important you don’t push yourself to do too much too soon.
2. Kick Bad Habits in Advance
Tobacco use, whether in the form of smoking, chewing or vaping, has been shown to have negative effects on the body’s healing process and can increase the risk of complications during and after plastic surgery. To mitigate those risks, work on kicking unhealthy habits well in advance so you can focus your energy on optimizing your liposuction recovery.
3. Cozy-Up Your Wardrobe
Treat yourself to some new clothes in preparation for your lipo recovery. Sweatpants, yoga pants and other attire without zippers or buttons are great options to help you heal from liposuction comfortably. Remember that you’ll need to wear a compression garment after your procedure, so make sure you have plenty of loose-fitting clothes.
If you’ve paired liposuction with other procedures like breast augmentation, consider button-up or zip-up shirts and hoodies so you don’t have to raise your arms above your head to change.
Still have questions about what to expect before or after liposuction? Schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons by calling 916-983-9895 or get in touch online to discuss the details of your procedure.