Pre and Post operative precautions are vital in all surgeries.
They ensure your complete and most expedient recovery.
If you’re planning on undergoing Liposuction, then some key points must be kept in mind.
These tips will help avoid complications in healing from a Liposuction surgery.
In this article, we list the common pre and post operative do’s and don’ts of Liposuction.
Here are 6 important Liposuction Precautions to be followed.
1. Recovery after Liposuction
After your discharge from the hospital, do not drive yourself home. Even if it was just a minor amount of liposuction, where there was only local anesthetic.
You should plan to have a day or two for bed rest and recovery following the procedure.
2. Special Dressing
Depending on the style of liposuction performed, the doctor may send you home with special dressing and compression garments.
Be sure to have your surgeon’s specific instructions and liposuction precautions written down and handy. Since different clinics follow different standards and procedures.
It usually takes a few days to return to normal activity. Sometimes less or more depending on the extent of the liposuction.
3. Food & Beverages
Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, you should be able to resume your normal diet within the first 24 hours of going home.
As with pre-operative care, you should continue to avoid alcoholic drinks within 48 hours of surgery.
Be sure to get plenty of fluids and have a well balanced and nutritious diet to help support your recovery.
4. Personal Hygiene
Keep the liposuction wounds clean and dry. Always wash your hands with warm antibacterial soap and water before tending to your dressings.
Good personal hygiene is important to avoiding complications and have a safe recovery.
Do not resume sweat-inducing physical activities too soon after the procedure. Or if you do, shower more frequently to help reduce the risk of infection.
5. Bandages & Compression Garments
The types of compression garments and bandages you use will depend on the method of liposuction and what part of the body they perform it on.
Typically you will see a lot of drainage during the first three days following the procedure. You must continue to clean and change bandages per instructions until an incision has ceased draining for a full 24 hours.
Do not re-dress non draining incisions with bandages or topical ointments, simply keeping them clean and aired out will help them to heal best with the least amount of scaring.
6. Healing Expectations
In general, non complicated healing takes about two weeks, though you can return to full activity, including exercising (can depend, check with surgeon) within the about five days after your liposuction procedure.