Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for men and women in the Wichita area. And for good reason, it can give them the ability to knock off those last few pounds in their most stubborn areas where exercise and diet have not been able to touch. Even though liposuction is not as invasive as other cosmetic surgeries, it’s important to remember that you will still require some recovery time. Dr. Voge of Plastic Surgical Specialists wants you to recover as quickly as possible and have the results you desire. You can do so by following these 10 tips for a faster recovery after liposuction:
1. Follow All Post-Surgical Instructions
Following your liposuction procedure, Dr. Voge will send you home with a detailed list of post-surgical instructions. They will include directions on what to do, and what to avoid, as well as dosage information about your pain medication. Follow these instructions to a “T” to ensure you heal quickly and stay healthy.
2. Don’t Smoke or Use Nicotine Products
Smoking has so many negative effects on your overall health, not just when it comes to recovering from a surgical procedure like liposuction. Smoking restricts blood vessels and prevents your body from healing quickly. It’s so serious that Dr. Voge requires her liposuction patients to be non-smokers or quit smoking at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after their procedure.
3. Rest, Rest, Rest
When you undergo liposuction, your entire body is affected, not just the area where the procedure was performed. That is why rest is so important in the days following your procedure as your body is working to recover. Take note of Dr. Voge’s instructions regarding how long you should take off work and normal daily activities. It’s also a good idea to clear your calendar for a couple of weeks to ensure you’re fully healed before committing yourself to social engagements.
4. Maintain A Proper Diet
Maintaining a good diet is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. And it’s even more important when recovering from a surgical procedure such as liposuction. When men and women in Wichita maintain a proper diet during their recovery after liposuction, they will experience less swelling and will recover more quickly. Plastic Surgical Specialists’, Dr. Voge recommends you start a healthy diet before your procedure so you will be well prepared with the appropriate foods and drink during your recovery.
5. Avoid Blood Thinning Drugs
Dr. Voge’s liposuction patients should refrain from using blood thinning drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin during their recovery. If you are using a prescription medication that causes blood thinning, talk with your doctor before discontinuing use. Using blood thinning medications can increase your risk of unnecessary swelling or bleeding during your recovery from liposuction.
6. Make Plans to Have Help Around The House
This tip is definitely important if you have little ones to look after around the house. Ask your parents or good friends to step in and take care of your children while you’re recovering. You will also probably need help cooking meals and cleaning around the house. If you don’t have family or friends in the Wichita area to help, consider stocking your freezer with prepared meals ahead of time, and hiring a housekeeper for a few weeks until you’ve recovered.
7. Wear Compression Garments
When you wake up in the recovery room from your liposuction procedure, you will be wearing a special compression garment over your affected area. Follow Dr. Voge’s instructions for how long you should wear the compression garment and only remove it when she clears you to do so. Taking the compression garment off prematurely could slow down your recovery and negatively affect your surgical results.
8. Do Not Completely Submerge Yourself in Water
After your liposuction procedure you will be unable to shower or take a bath for several days; therefore, be sure to fully bathe and wash your hair prior to your appointment. During your recovery time, we recommend you sponge bathe until Dr. Voge clears you to shower. Prematurely submerging yourself in water, which includes swimming in a pool or lake in Wichita, increases your risk of infection and can slow down your recovery.
9. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water after your liposuction procedure is crucial to a successful recovery. Proper hydration makes the healing process smoother and quicker. Dr. Voge recommends you avoid sugary drinks, or drinks that have high levels of sodium, such as Gatorade. Other than water, you could drink skim milk, unsweetened tea, Diet V-8, flavored water, or Crystal Light.
10. Keep Your Follow-up Appointments
Dr. Voge will schedule several follow-up appointments after your liposuction to ensure you are healing well. In order for men and women to get the most out of their procedure, it is imperative that patients keep each follow-up appointment required by Plastic Surgical Specialists at their Wichita clinic.
Still Have Questions? Call Plastic Surgical Specialists Today!
If you’re a man or woman who is considering a liposuction procedure and you have more questions about the recovery process or the procedure itself, call Wichita’s Dr. Voge of Plastic Surgical Specialists today to schedule your initial consultation.
During your consultation, she will be able to fully discuss the liposuction procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. You can reach her at (316) 263-0234.