Recovering from any surgery is a process that varies for each individual. However, when it comes to liposuction recovery, there are some aspects you can expect nearly across the board. By educating yourself about what you can expect during your recovery beforehand, you can be better prepared for your downtime and ready to enjoy your final results once your recovery is complete.
As with any surgical procedure, some amount of scarring is inevitable when you get liposuction. The good news is that liposuction scars tend to be fairly small, and with proper care, can heal to the point of being hardly noticeable. Keeping the area moisturized will help, as well as staying hydrated. Smoking can cause your skin to dry out and slows the healing process, so tobacco should be avoided.
Temporary Bruising and Swelling
Another inevitable aspect of surgery is the temporary bruising and swelling right after surgery. This is a normal part of your recovery process. To help your bruising and swelling subside as quickly as possible, be sure to wear your compression garment, which promotes blood flow for faster healing. You can also use ice packs or bags of frozen veggies, which contour to your body shape and help soothe the skin and tissue.
Some Skin Laxity
Liposuction removes fat cells, but does not tighten the skin, which may result in some skin laxity. Incorporating mild exercises into your routine once you’re able to can help improve muscle tone in the targeted area and improve the appearance of loose skin. Keeping your skin moisturized with high-quality lotions or oils can also help increase your skin’s natural elasticity for a tighter, more youthful look.
Dr. Francesco 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.