Liposuction remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK. Helping to remove stubborn pockets of fat, the procedure has come a long way since it was first introduced.
When compared to other cosmetic surgeries, liposuction is often considered a minor surgery. However, even if it is only used to remove small areas of fat, patients still need to take time to recover.
If you want to ensure a successful recovery from liposuction, read on to discover some of the best tips you can follow.
Lymphatic massages to aid your liposuction recovery
During the first week after your liposuction, the body will be quite inflamed. This will leave you feeling tired, sore, and you’ll have a build-up of excessive fluid in the body. To eliminate this excess fluid, drains are typically used. However, they can also be combined with lymphatic massages.
Lymphatic massage is a low-pressure technique that aims to stimulate the body’s drainage system. Ideally, the massages should begin the day after surgery, and continue a few times a week for a couple of months.
Not only do lymphatic massages help to drain excess fluid, but they can also help to reduce the risk of lumps and bumps and prevent fibrosis.
Wear a compression garment
For three weeks after the procedure, you will develop bruising, firmness, and swelling. A compression garment can help to reduce these symptoms, and it will need to be worn for a period of four to eight weeks.
Your surgeon will provide the garment, often alongside a supplement foam to wear underneath it. Always wear the compression garment as advised by your surgeon. If worn correctly, it can help speed up results.
Consume an anti-inflammatory diet
Ideally, a few weeks before your liposuction appointment, you should start to consume an anti-inflammatory diet. This should include eating plenty of berries, sticking to a plant-based diet where possible, and taking a prebiotic.
Continue the anti-inflammatory diet after the procedure and avoid consuming too much salt to reduce water retention.
Follow your surgeon’s advice
The most important tip you can follow to aid your recovery is to always adhere to your surgeon’s instructions. Liposuction recovery will vary from person to person, and your surgeon’s advice will be tailored to your specific circumstances.
If you follow the advice your surgeon provides, it will ensure a comfortable, rapid recovery. Of course, complications can always arise, but following the instructions provided to you will reduce the risks.
Book an appointment with Mr Nigel Horlock today to learn more about liposuction and its recovery. He will give you an idea of what to expect from both the procedure and the recovery process.