So you’ve done your research, you picked out a great doctor, you pushed back your fears of getting surgery done, and now you’re fresh out of the doctors office from your liposuction procedure. You did this so that you’d look like a million bucks (hopefully without spending as much), but in the meantime, you sure don’t feel like a million bucks. Heck, you don’t exactly LOOK like a million bucks either, yet!
While there are some recovery issues to note and side effects to be aware of, the good news is that a person getting liposuction goes back to their normal life (school, work, modeling, etc.) within – generally speaking – as short as two days and up to two weeks. (But they’ll still have to wear a compression garment or bandage of some sort sometimes after the two week period, up to four weeks total.)
What can you expect to feel like when you’re released from the doctors office? What should you do to expedite recovery? What sort of side effects are natural?
These are the questions we’ll address in this article.
Recovery Time – Not the Most Fun, But it Certainly Could be Worse!
There are a few rules you’ll want to abide by during the recovery period. First of all, don’t apply any sort of heating pad to the parts of the body wherein which you’ve just had liposuction. For the same area, you’ll also want to avoid soaking the wound until its sealed (this usually means 2 days into recovery.) Also, be sure to drink plenty of water. Yes, you hear that a lot, but we mean it this time!
It is common and expected for the treated area to bruise up. The bruises will lighten up and disappear entirely within a few days to a few weeks. Swelling of the same area is also expected, and can last much longer – as much as two months later, actually. Numbness – an odd side effect to experience – of the treated area is also quite common, and generally can last up to four weeks after surgery. A patient will also see scars on their body from the incisions. These scars are placed in such a way as to minimize visibility, and should fade over many weeks, but could take up to a year, as individuals react differently to the healing process.
During this time, if the patient experiences pain from these side effects, the doctor will prescribe over the counter medication to control it. A patient should not suffer needlessly from pain during the recovery period when medication can help overcome physical discomfort.
The general rule of thumb for resuming your normal activities is to listen to your doctor and pay attention to your body. This is another way of saying there is no general rule of thumb! Everybody reacts slightly different to liposuction and how fast and how well you recover depends on a variety of factors: your current health, hereditary reactions, procedure performed, amount of fat removed, if multiple procedures were performed, and even the skill of the doctor plays into making for a good recovery.
In the end, it’ll be worth it!