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Tips for A Successful Recovery After Liposuction

Published by DR. Bradley Ashpole

If you have pesky fat that won’t seem to go away in areas such as your abdomen, hips, buttocks, or thighs, liposuction could be a great option for you. During this procedure, using modern and advanced liposuction techniques, Dr. Ashpole can shape and contour your body so you get a more desirable look. Read these tips and tricks to learn how to take care of your body after receiving liposuction.

Take Care of Your Incision Sites

Giving extra attention to the sites where you received liposuction is vital in healing, as they could potentially turn into infections if they’re not taken care of. Follow all of the doctor’s instructions as far as taking the proper medication and cleaning and dressing the wounds. Make sure you shower at least once a day to keep the wound clean. The better care you take of your treatment sites, the better and faster they will heal!

Avoid Behaviors Such as Drinking and Smoking

Smoking before your procedure can be dangerous because smoking decreases blood flow, which increases your chances of infection. With sensitive wounds, it’s best to ensure you do everything possible to avoid possible infection. Try to stop smoking at least 4-6 weeks before your procedure as well as a few weeks after.

It’s also highly recommended to avoid alcohol because alcohol dehydrates you and your skin, which results in the doctor having a harder time stitching your skin together after the procedure. This could potentially lead to a worse scar, as your skin isn’t primed to be hydrated and healthy.

Get Moving

While it’s best to stay sedentary directly after your surgery, you don’t want to be glued down to your bed for too long. Taking a gentle and easy walk can benefit you and your healing process- walking and exercise promote circulation, which in turn reduces swelling and aids in the healing process. Moving around also decreases your chances of getting a blood clot.

Do not push your body or feel like you need to do an intense workout. Simply getting on your feet and moving around your house a bit can lessen the complications of liposuction.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

What you put into your body not only has a huge impact on your overall health and well-being, but it can speed up your body’s healing process as well. Try to eat as many antioxidant- and vitamin-rich foods as possible- broccoli, spinach, carrots, fish, nuts and seeds are all great options. Avoid foods with a lot of salt, as salt makes your body retain water, which can cause bloating.

Consider a Lymphatic Massage

It’s common to have extra fluid buildup in your body where liposuction was done. A lymphatic massage can get rid of this extra fluid; it can be done either by yourself or by a trained professional. However, remember to always consult with the doctor first before receiving a massage to make sure it’s the right choice for you.

Contact Us Today

If you’re looking to receive liposuction in Itasca, call us today! There’s a reason that liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It’s a great way to get your body toned in time for summer. We’re glad to answer any questions and get you started on your dream look!

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