I get asked a lot about liposuction recovery – how long it takes, what should I do immediately following liposuction surgery etc, so I’ve compiled a list of questions that hopefully explain more about the liposuction recovery process, what to expect in the short term after your op, and let you know about other things you should and should not do.
How long do you need to have someone with you after the liposuction procedure?
What should you do in that first 24 hours of your liposuction recovery program?
The best thing to do is stay home and rest. You need to relax on the evening and the day after liposuction. However, you should not spend all your time in bed. You need to get up and walk around for at least a few minutes every hour, except when you go to sleep. This bit of activity fosters the healing process by helping more anesthetic fluid to drain out, which contributes to less bruising and increases your circulation, lessening the already low risk of developing blood clots.
When can you resume normal activity?
Most people can move around normally after two days.
How long does drainage from the insertion sites last?
It’s different with everyone, but it is normal to have some fluids draining out during the first one or two days, especially while you are walking around your house.
Is it common to feel dizzy during that first 24 hours after liposuction surgery?
You might feel dizzy if you stand up too quickly or move in a sudden or jerky manner. For mat reason, you should always get up very slowly from a chair, the bed, or the toilet and make sure that someone is standing right by you during that first 24 hours. This is especially a concern when you first remove the compression garment and fake your first shower.
Is there anything special you have to know about your diet after liposuction surgery?
During the first 24 hours of your liposuction recovery, you must drink at least a quart of water. During that same time period, you should also carefully avoid any beverages that have caffeine, including coffee, tea, and soda.
For the first two weeks, you should also limit foods that are high in salt, such as Chinese food and pizza, because salt is involved in liquid retention and can prolong the healing period.
What if you’re a smoker?
You should not smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes for at least the first week of your liposuction recovery program. You should also avoid secondhand smoke, because the smoke deprives your blood of oxygen, which could result in scarring.
Do you have to take any medication to help the liposuction recovery process?
Yes, you have to continue to take the antibiotics that were prescribed until you have finished taking the full prescription. If you were taking any medications that you did not have to stop for the liposuction procedure, you should just continue taking them. Most medications that were stopped for a week prior to the procedure can be resumed one week after the procedure, and those that were stopped two days before can be resumed two days after. Check with your doctor to be certain.
Do you need any extra vitamins when you’re healing?
If you don’t already take one, you should take a multivitamin every day for four weeks after the procedure. That will promote good healing during your liposuction recovery period.