What is the best way to bounce back faster after lipo? As a plastic surgeon and liposuction specialist serving San Jose and Palo Alto, my goal is always to set the stage in the OR for a smooth and speedy recuperation. However, you can also take a few steps before and after your procedure to get back on your feet as soon as possible with a whole new sense of confidence.
In this blog post, I will share a few tips for recovering from liposuction quickly and comfortably, so you can enjoy your best body even sooner.
Choose a Surgeon Who Specializes in Liposuction
A meticulous and gentle approach during surgery minimizes healing time by causing as little trauma to your tissues as possible. There is no need to spend weeks off your feet and in a compression garment when your surgeon takes special care not to disturb surrounding tissues while suctioning out fat deposits.
For this reason, it’s best to work with a surgeon who specializes in body contouring and has extensive experience in liposuction specifically. With any procedure, choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon lowers your risk of infection or other complications that may extend your recovery time.
Choose the Right Type of Lipo for You
There are many types of lipo, and some are especially effective for reducing swelling and bruising. Smartlipo® ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) and VASER® laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) are excellent options. Learn more about how these approaches shorten recovery times in this blog post.
Ultimately, the right approach for you depends on several different factors, including your desired results and existing shape. During your consultation, your surgeon will recommend the best technique for you.
Honor the Recovery Process
One of the best ways to recover quickly is to focus on recovering the right way, especially in the first few days after your procedure. Follow the recovery instructions your surgeon gives you closely. These instructions may include guidance for bathing, caring for incisions, and more. As you ease back into your usual activities, listen to your body and be careful not to push yourself too far, too fast. Lean on your surgical team for support if you have questions or notice anything out of the ordinary.
Give Your Body the Fuel It Needs to Heal
Before and after your surgery, eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet and drink lots of water. Avoid alcohol and salty processed foods, which may contribute to bloating or dehydration. Instead, focus on getting plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins, which will help your body heal as quickly as possible.
Don’t Skimp on Sleep
Your body needs extra rest to recuperate after any surgery. Try to get at least 8 hours a night in a position that doesn’t strain your incisions. Light walks during the day, avoiding caffeine in the evenings, and limiting bright lights and screen time before bed can make getting good sleep easier.
To see examples of the results you can expect once you heal after liposuction, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about Smartlipo, tumescent liposuction, or other plastic surgery options in San Jose, please contact us online or call (650) 325-1118 (Palo Alto) or (408) 371-1118 (San Jose).