Every day, many people struggle with stubborn excess fat on their body. When a balanced diet and physical activity are not getting you the results that you want for weight loss in certain areas of your body, liposuction is a good option to consider to achieve your desired figure and body contour. Liposuction can target a range of different areas of the body including common ‘problem’ areas like the thighs, hips, and abdominal region. But before you decide if liposuction is the right option for you, it’s important to know what to expect after the procedure, including the aftercare instructions that you’ll need to follow to get the best results.
What to Expect After Liposuction
After having the procedure, you can expect some mild discomfort, including redness, swelling and bruising. You can get prescribed or over-the-counter medications to provide some relief. For a few days after the procedure, you may need to wear a compression garment that will help to promote healing and reduce the swelling. The swelling will usually begin to subside by the end of the first week, but you will usually need to wear the compression garment for longer. Some swelling may last for as long as six weeks after the procedure, but most people feel comfortable enough to resume work and normal life after just a few days.
What Not to Do After the Procedure
To promote healing and a quick recovery after liposuction, there are some things you can’t do right after liposuction and other things that you will be advised to avoid for around a few days to a week after the procedure. Staying stationary is one such thing to avoid; while moving around after surgery might seem counterintuitive, getting up and moving as much as you can will reduce your risk of blood clots. However, gentle exercise is best and you should not do any vigorous exercise or heavy exercise. You should also avoid taking any medications that could thin your blood, including Ibuprofen. You’ll also need to avoid immersing yourself in water; don’t take any baths or go swimming, although having a shower is usually okay as most people are given a waterproof dressing.
When Will You See Results?
Most of the time, people who have liposuction don’t see the results that they want immediately after. If anything, the swelling can make you feel that the area is larger, but this is normal. You will usually begin to see the results as the swelling goes down. In some cases, you might have loose skin around the area that was treated. This may get firmer naturally over time or you may require surgery to tighten it up. Most people will see final results around 1-3 months after the procedure, and it’s important to maintain your new look with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and staying hydrated.
Liposuction is a procedure that can remove up to ten pounds of stubborn fat at a time. But just like any surgical procedure, you will need to be prepared for the aftercare to get the best results.