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4 Things You Can’t Do After Liposuction

4 Things You Can't Do After Liposuction

Getting liposuction is an exciting step toward achieving the body you’ve always wanted, but it’s essential to know what lies ahead in the recovery process.

As much as you’d love to dive back into your everyday life right away, you’ll need to take it easy for a bit. Understanding what you can and can’t do right after surgery is key to a smooth recovery journey. Let’s break down what you should avoid post-liposuction during your recovery process to ensure you heal beautifully and get the best results from your procedure.

Dos and Don’ts After Liposuction

Do: Stay Hydrated

Staying well-hydrated is crucial for your body’s natural healing processes. Drinking plenty of water helps your body flush out toxins, supports kidney function, and reduces swelling by aiding in the removal of excess fluids.

Proper hydration speeds up your recovery by minimizing fluid retention and swelling. It also keeps your skin healthy and elastic, which is crucial for achieving smooth and even results after liposuction. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, and consider incorporating hydrating foods like cucumbers and watermelon into your diet.

Don’t: Engage in Strenuous Exercise

While it might be tempting to jump back into your workout routine and post a gym selfie on social media, strenuous exercise can increase blood flow and exacerbate swelling and bruising in the treated areas. Exercise places stress on your body, which can interfere with the healing process.

Engaging in heavy exercise too soon can prolong swelling, increase the risk of complications, and potentially damage the treated areas. Instead, stick to light activities like short walks to aid recovery without putting unnecessary strain on your body. Typically, light walking can be resumed within a few days, but always follow your surgeon’s specific advice. Strenuous activities, including heavy lifting, should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks.

Do: Follow a Healthy Diet

A balanced diet packed with nutrients supports your body’s recovery by providing essential vitamins and minerals needed for tissue repair and reducing inflammation. After you return home from the operating room, a diet rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables can significantly enhance the healing process.

Eating well aids in faster recovery, minimizes swelling, and helps maintain your liposuction results by preventing weight gain. Proper nutrition also supports your immune system, reducing the risk of infection. Including foods rich in vitamin C (like oranges and bell peppers) and zinc (like nuts and seeds) can further aid in healing.

Don’t: Drink Alcohol

Alcohol can thin your blood, increasing the risk of bleeding and bruising. It also contributes to dehydration, which can impede your healing process. Alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness of medications, especially painkillers and antibiotics.

Drinking alcohol can worsen swelling and prolong recovery. Avoiding it helps ensure a smoother healing process and reduces the risk of complications such as increased bruising and delayed tissue repair. It’s best to avoid alcohol for at least one week after surgery or as long as you’re taking pain medications.

Do: Wear Compression Garments

Compression garments help reduce swelling, support the healing tissues, and improve blood circulation in the treated areas. They also help your body adapt to its new contours by providing support.

Wearing these garments can significantly enhance the final results of your liposuction by promoting a smoother contour and reducing the risk of fluid accumulation and fibrosis. They also help minimize discomfort during the recovery period. Typically, you’ll need to wear them for at least 4-6 weeks, but follow your surgeon’s specific instructions for the best outcome.

Don’t: Gain Weight

Naturally, gaining weight after liposuction can cause the remaining fat cells in the treated areas to expand, potentially reversing the procedure’s benefits. Liposuction removes fat cells, but it doesn’t prevent the remaining cells from enlarging if you gain weight.

Maintaining a stable weight ensures that the results of your liposuction are long-lasting. Weight gain can lead to uneven fat distribution and diminish the overall aesthetic outcome of the surgery. Adopting a healthy lifestyle with regular physical activity and a balanced diet helps preserve the contour achieved through liposuction.

Do: Take Prescribed Medications

Your prescribed medications, such as pain medication and antibiotics, are crucial for managing discomfort and preventing infections during your recovery period.

Following your surgeon’s medication regimen helps reduce pain, minimize the risk of complications, and promote faster healing. Skipping medications can lead to unnecessary discomfort and increase the likelihood of infections or prolong side effects. Always follow the dosage instructions and complete any prescribed antibiotic courses to avoid resistance and ensure full recovery.

Don’t: Eat High-Sodium Foods

You know that high sodium intake can lead to increased fluid retention and swelling. Did you know it can interfere with the healing process? Sodium causes your body to retain water, exacerbating post-surgical swelling.

Avoiding high-sodium foods helps reduce post-operative swelling and promotes faster recovery. A diet low in sodium and rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins supports optimal healing and maintains your results by preventing fluid retention. Consider seasoning your food with herbs and spices instead of salt to keep your meals flavorful and healthy.

Do: Attend Follow-Up Appointments

Follow-up appointments allow your surgeon to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure that the healing process is progressing as expected. These visits are an opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized advice.

Regular check-ins with your surgeon help catch any potential issues early and provide an opportunity for personalized advice and adjustments to your recovery plan. This proactive approach ensures a smoother recovery and better long-term results. Missing follow-up appointments can result in undetected complications and suboptimal outcomes.

Don’t: Skip Rest and Recovery

Rest is incredibly important because it allows for your body to heal effectively. Overexertion can delay healing, increase swelling, and lead to complications. Your body needs time to recover from the trauma of surgery.

Allowing yourself sufficient rest ensures that your body can focus on healing and reduces the risk of post-operative complications. Gradually resuming activities as advised by your surgeon helps you recover safely and enjoy the best possible results from your liposuction. Listen to your body and give it the time it needs to heal fully.

Dr. Thomas Bell | SpaMedica

by Dr. Thomas Bell

Dr. Tom Bell, with over 25 years of practice experience dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery, pioneered Avenue Road and Yorkville as Toronto’s Beverly Hills of plastic surgery with his first surgical center in Yorkville’s Avenue road corridor back in 1986. Named as Canada’s best plastic surgeon by W magazine and one of the world’s best, Dr. Bell returns home to join the SpaMedica Plastic Surgery team as the reigning King of Plastic Surgery.
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