Before you go in for your liposuction, it’s ideal to have a clear and complete understanding of what to expect from your recovery period. There are several things you should keep in mind following your procedure to ensure that you have as healthy and effective of a recovery process as possible. Although modern liposuction techniques are minimally invasive and designed to reduce pain as much as possible, the recovery process requires you to maintain the results of your treatment by following some key guidelines.

After Your Surgery

Immediately after your surgery, you may be prescribed antibiotics to avoid the possibility of infection and be given or instructed to take pain management medication. As you would expect from most other medical procedures, it is also normal to experience some mild swelling, bruising, or discomfort. You will be provided with instructions from Dr. Chaudhari on the preferred way to deal with these symptoms and maximize your potential for a quick recovery. Patients are normally ready to return to work or school after only a few days, though the exact timeline can vary based on your personal experience. The best time for you to return to your regular lifestyle is whenever you feel most comfortable.

Long-Term Care

For the best possible results of your surgery, it is recommended that you continue to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Liposuction can only be considered an effective, permanent solution if it is followed with exercise and healthy eating in the long-term. A significant increase in weight can negatively affect the results of your liposuction procedure. Even in the days following your surgery, it is important that you make an effort to go for short walks and engage in other minor forms of physical activity to decrease the risk of blood clots and other complications. Prolonged sedentary activity such as, sitting in a car or airplane for too long can also increase the risk of blood clots, so it is recommended that you do not sit in the same position and location for too long.

The keys to having a successful recovery are following your doctor’s instructions and listening to your body. A large portion of your recovery, especially in the long-term, will be determined by how comfortable you are feeling in your journey to greater confidence. Do not overextend yourself and be conscious of your body’s signals, so that you may have as effective of a recovery as possible.

Still have questions about your recovery from liposuction? Feel free to ask!