We all love a quick fix. And if you’ve been trying and trying to get fat cells to budge in a specific body area, liposuction might sound like it’s just that.
While lipo can effectively remove stubborn fat cells, it’s not necessarily quick. It comes with weeks of downtime. So, before you dive in with this option, you should know fully what your recovery process looks like.
Dr. Peymon Zarreii can help you explore liposuction, the results it can deliver, and what healing looks like. You can schedule an appointment here at Zarreii Medical and Aesthetics in Delray Beach, Florida, to talk with him.
In addition to liposuction, Dr. Zarreii can help you explore other options to move you toward your cosmetic goals. Kybella®, for example, can destroy fat cells with an injection rather than surgical liposuction.
Here’s an overview of the recovery process to give you a glimpse at what to expect if you choose liposuction.
The first few days: Get help
You will likely have some discomfort and swelling. Your surgeon should give you medication to manage any pain. Plan to take it easy and arrange to have people help you.
You go home from liposuction wearing a compression garment over the treated area. Per your surgeon’s recommendations, keep this on to support your healing and get the best possible outcome from your lipo.
Some people go home from liposuction with drains inserted at the surgery site. If you have drains, make sure you stay on top of maintaining them.
The first couple of weeks: Rest at home
Your pain and swelling should start to subside after the first few days. Still, most people take a full two weeks off of work when they get liposuction.
Keep wearing your compression garment.
Weeks 3–5: Return to physical activity
It’s normal to have swelling during this part of the recovery process. Continue wearing the compression garment per your surgeon’s recommendation.
Most people return to physical activity sometime in this window, usually around the four-week mark.
Weeks 6+: Final results show up
Your swelling might continue into this part of your recovery process. Because of this, most people don’t see their full liposuction results for at least a month, and some people need to wait as long as three months.
If you choose liposuction, you can make daily choices that impact how smoothly your recovery goes. Follow these tips to help yourself move through these phases with relative ease:
- Arrange for help in the first few days after your procedure
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat a healthy diet
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Get moving as soon as your surgeon clears you for it (a walk is a great way to start)
To talk with an expert about whether or not liposuction is right for your body goals, call our office at 561-264-2307 or book an appointment online today.