It’s normal to experience some swelling following nearly any surgical procedure, and liposuction is no exception. Yet, as “normal” as it may be, it’s always a good feeling to get back to your usual activities as quickly as possible. Here are a few tips to speed up the recovery process while reducing swelling at the same time.
1. Wear Your Compression Garment
Compression garments are ideal for controlling swelling and encouraging drainage of any excess fluids that may collect near the site of your lipo procedure. Your doctor will give you guidance on when and for how long you will need to wear your compression garment. Be sure to follow these instructions carefully.
2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is one of the keys to good health, with or without surgery. Drink plenty of clear, non-caffeinated liquids for several days following your lipo in order to encourage healing and reduce fluid retention and swelling. Stay away from alcohol and salty foods, as these can cause water retention that only contributes to continued swelling.
3. Keep Moving
While you should absolutely take it easy for a few days, it’s important to get up and move around as soon as you feel comfortable. Be careful not to push yourself too hard too quickly, but remember that physical motion stimulates your circulation, preventing blood clots and helping your body heal. Nothing makes you feel better than fresh air and sunshine, so don’t be afraid to take a short walk outdoors at a comfortable pace. Before too long, you’ll notice your swelling is gone, and you can start enjoying your slimmer post-lipo figure.
Dr. Frank Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.