Excess fat deposits on your body can be a struggle to get rid of and can begin to sag in uncomfortable ways. Many people exercise and consume a healthier diet to battle fat bulges, but unfortunately, this typically is not enough to completely abolish excess fat. If you have tried diet and exercise and can’t seem to shed those final pounds, liposuction can be considered to assist in achieving your desired body contour. Many areas of the body can be targeted, and commonly include the thighs, abdominal region, or hips. Your body type and desired results will determine which method is recommended for your procedure, and being aware of the recovery process can help you take the right steps toward your dream contour and help maintain your results.
Directly Following Your Procedure
Immediately after your liposuction procedure, you may encounter minor discomfort, bruising, swelling, and mild redness that can continue for the first few days. Medications may be prescribed to ease any discomfort you experience during your recovery. Gauze and compression garments will be applied to reduce swelling and aid in supporting the incision areas. It is recommended to avoid physical activities and pressure on your chest. Detailed instructions will be provided by Dr. Baker on how to care for your incisions.
Week 1 – 2
Most patients can resume work after four or five days of recovery. Significant swelling will begin to subside, and discomfort will start to fade away. After the first week you will begin to feel more like yourself and your results will start to show.
Week 3 – 4
Swelling should fully subside by the fourth week, and compression garments can typically be removed. Any visible scars will fade over time, but incisions are minimal and will be concealed in a discreet location to ensure the best recovery possible. Your newly contoured body will begin to appear chiseled, and your desired results will become more evident.
How to Expedite Healing and Maintain Your Results
As previously mentioned, following directions for incision care and what to avoid during recovery will have positive effects on your healing process. Starting a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising on a regular basis will help maintain your liposuction results. While the fat cells are removed and gone forever, the remaining fat cells can still grow in size, so it is recommended that you remain active and maintain a healthy weight. Speaking with your primary physician regarding a diet and exercise routine that will work for you is your best option for managing your results and ensuring a long-lasting contour after liposuction.
To learn more about liposuction recovery and how you can maintain your results for an extended time, contact us online today!
Compression Garments After Liposuction
Liposuction can be an excellent step towards your ideal body contour and ensuring that your body heals with minimal soreness, irritation, or complications is essential to achieving your body goals. To provide a recovery period conducive to proper healing, Dr. Baker provides compression garments that will provide comfort, support, and a snug fit. These garments are included in the cost estimate for your liposuction procedure, so it will not be a separate cost or hidden fee after your surgery.
Benefits of Wearing Compression Garments
Compression garments are tight-fitting body coverings specifically created to apply pressure to an area of the body that has recently undergone surgery. There are many benefits to wearing compression garments immediately after a medical procedure, especially liposuction. It is commonly recommended to continue wearing them for up to four weeks after surgery. Compression garments can help you heal in the following ways:
- Lessen swelling and bruising, which reduces discomfort during healing.
- Help achieve your desired body contour by supporting the surgical region and promoting and evenly distributed blood flow.
- Assist in the healing process by smoothing the skin, which aids favorable scarring and induces quicker healing.
- Apply pressure to control the definition of your liposuction results, and the outcome is obvious far quicker than without compression garments.
Not All Compression Garments Are Equal
There are many styles and brands to choose from when searching for compression garments, but after working with Design Veronique® for over 15 years, their innovative design and more than 30 years of experience speak for themselves; not all compression garments are created equal. Utilizing sturdy synthetic fabrics, layered for the appropriate pressure for each surgical procedure, Design Veronique® offers a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes for elastic post-operative compression garments and can custom create garments as needed.
The Bottom Line
Every patient will have a slightly different recovery depending on their body type and how closely post-surgical care instructions are followed. Removing excess fat through liposuction is the first step towards the chiseled body you are seeking, and allowing your body to heal properly will further refine your results.
To learn more about liposuction procedure techniques and how you can be fully prepared for your surgery, contact our office today by calling (305) 381-8837.