Liposuction remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed to remove unwanted fat and sculpt targeted areas of the body. But like all surgical procedures, liposuction has risks. Following simple instructions can dramatically reduce the risk of a complications, especially during the recovery period. Managing your expectations can also help ease stress during recovery. Here, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez of ReNova Plastic Surgeryshares important do’s and don’ts for your liposuction recovery.
Do expect some swelling. Swelling is a common side effect during liposuction recovery.
Do wear your compression garment. This garment (which resembles Spanx) puts pressure on the healing tissue and tightens the skin. It can also help to reduce swelling and bruising.
Do take short walks when you feel ready. Moving around (slowly and gently) may reduce the risk of blood clots.
Do call the office if you have a question. The doctor and our staff are always available to answer any questions you have during the recovery process. No question is off-limits — you can ask us anything. We are here to help.
Do eat properly and hydrate your body. Stick to healthy, well-balanced meals and plenty of water to nurture your body as it heals. Also, this gets you in the habit of maintaining your weight so you can enjoy your liposuction results for years to come.
Do not expect immediate results. You will notice slight improvement right after surgery, but it can take several months to enjoy your final results.
Do not take aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications for pain. These drugs can increase the risk of bleeding and should be avoided. Prescription pain medication given by Dr. Clavijo will optimize your recovery and favor the final outcome.
Do not eat foods high in sodium. Consuming too much salt can worsen swelling and make you look puffy.
Do not smoke or drink as you recover. Nicotine and alcohol can cause complications and are prohibited.
Do not skip a follow-up appointment with Dr. Clavijo. Even if you feel fine, he needs to check your healing progress and make sure everything is on track.
If you have any questions about the information presented here, please contact Dr. Clavijo by calling (412) 638-2391 or sending an email.