Unwanted fat in areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, cheeks, and neck can be embarrassing and lower your confidence and self-esteem. But liposuction is a treatment procedure to take all that away to restore your life’s quality. It is a great way to achieve the body you always dreamed of. Your recovery from the procedure plays a significant role in ensuring you enjoy the maximum benefits of the procedure. That is why the Fort Worth liposuction experts at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery, PLLC, give every patient special instruction to facilitate the recovery process. Here is some advice to help you.
Discuss Your Post-Op Instructions with Your Doctor
Most liposuction providers will offer post-op instructions after the treatment as the procedure is invasive and can involve many complications. Every instruction is vital and should be followed carefully. Therefore, it would be good to consult your doctor about the advice to ensure that you understand every instruction and you know how to do every one of them precisely. You might need to make some early preparations even before you go for the treatment.
Arrange for Your Rest Time
Liposuction is an effective procedure that requires sufficient rest time to allow healing and recovery. Therefore, you will want to ensure that you schedule your rest time before you go for the procedure. Ensure you take some days off from your work, and your home is ready. Talk to your doctor about the specific days you will need to rest and understand how much you will spend in the hospital to make enough preparations. Generally, your recovery period will depend on the size of the treatment area and the amount of fat layer your doctor will remove.
Consult Your Doctor About Compression Garments
Your doctor will apply compression bandages following your surgery to maintain the pressure in your treatment area. You will need to maintain these bandages or wear other compression garments for the same purpose. Therefore, ask your doctor about it and how long you will wear the garments to stop any bleeding during recovery and maintain the contours from the surgery. Also, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully when wearing the garments or bandages.
Prevent Infection by Taking Antibiotics
A significant procedure such as liposuction increases your risk for infections. But your doctor can prescribe some antibiotics to curb the risks, and you should ensure you take the medications accurately as prescribed. However, antibiotics are not always necessary after your procedure, and it will be good to discuss them with your doctor.
Take Some Painkillers
You will experience some pain and swelling after liposuction, but you can ease it with over-the-counter pain relievers, or you can ask your doctor for a prescription. Note that it is normal to experience some numbness and pain for several days after your operation, and you might also experience some bruising and swelling. However, you should start feeling better after about one week, and you will need the pain killers for the period.
Care for Your Incisions
Your provider will stitch and bandage your liposuction incisions, and when you get home, you will have to care for them as they heal. Follow your doctor’s guidelines carefully as you change the bandages and put on clean bandages to maintain the pressure. Generally, you are to change the compression garments or bandages after showering, and you may only shower 48 hours after your treatment.
Schedule your liposuction consultation appointment at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery, PLLC, today to learn how you can benefit from the procedure. Your provider will help you make your recovery preparations in advance.