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Liposuction Recovery Time – Your Roadmap

As seen in my previous posts cosmetic surgery is best for the well-informed. Your liposuction recovery time depends greatly on you. What do you need to know to get up off your feet and back to work in the quickest time possible? Here is our guide to making the most of your recuperation time.

So you took the chance – you had the liposuction procedure performed. There were no complications the doctor made a point of telling you everything went smoothly. Liposuction recovery time can be quite amazing because you recover at a fairly quick rate. You will be able to get up and walk around easily right after the surgery – it is rare that a patient would have to leave the hospital in a wheel chair.

Here are some things to plan for:

  • Plan to have someone else drive you home
  • Once you are home although you are not confined to your bed you are definitely advised to relax.
  • You are allowed to shower, but you should not take a bath for at least a week.

The night after liposuction, most patients usually sleep well. The next morning, however, is when most patients start to experience slight discomfort. This normally goes away as the patients walk around and move about the house. Do not make the mistake of not moving around. I went through 2 c-sections and the first time I was afraid to move and my recovery time was definitely longer than the second time when I knew better and listened to the nurses.

Typical Stages of Liposuction Recuperation

During the first seventy-two hours after the liposuction surgery, you will most likely observe some drainage from the incisions that the doctors do not stitch. The doctors do not stitch these incisions because swelling tends to go down more quickly if the doctors do not stitch the incisions. However, you should allow the incisions to drain as quickly as possible in order to speed up the healing process. The dressings on your incisions should be changed frequently during your liposuction recovery time, especially during the first twenty-four hours. By the third day, only band-aids will need to be used. Bruising and swelling also tend to occur after liposuction; the bruises and swelling will fade or go down within the next two to three weeks of your liposuction recovery time.

By the third day of recovering from liposuction, many people are out and about running errands. At this time, the spot where the surgery was performed on may feel a little tender if touched or if you accidentally bump into it. Most doctors recommend that you wear a compression garment for the first several days after your surgery.

To more quickly recover from liposuction, there are a few things you can do.

  • drink adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration
  • avoid alcoholic beverages for forty-eight hours before and after surgery
  • make sure to wear your compression garments to prevent slow healing and excessive drainage

Liposuction recovery time can be fast if you follow the guidelines set forth by your doctor. Don’t let the excitement get to you and forget what you did this for in the first place. Your new body depends on it!

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