Did you know that liposuction is the cosmetic surgery treatment that ranks in second place for its popularity? If you are thinking about getting liposuction, you are not alone and it’s normal for you to have many questions about the process.
Liposuction is a surgical technique that, despite the fact that it is relatively risk-free and has the potential to assist in the successful removal of stubborn fat pockets from the body. That said, it still requires careful attention and management in order to ensure a complete recovery. When recovering from surgery, it might be helpful to have an idea of what to expect in order to make the process go more smoothly.
In this blog, we will go over the entire recovery timeline and explain what to expect so you can be as prepared as possible after your surgery. Let’s begin.
The Basics: What Is Liposuction And How Does It Work?
Before we dive into the recovery timeline, let’s first quickly go over what this surgery is and what it can do for patients in Toronto. Through the process of liposuction, excess fat can be removed from a number of places of the body, including but not limited to the following:
- Tummy and abdominal area,
- Upper arms,
- Hips, among others.
In most cases, Dr. DuPéré is going to do liposuction with the use of suction in order to eliminate the fat deposits. In this technique, an injection containing salt, water, and a local anesthetic is administered into the area that is being treated. In order to remove fat cells, a cannula, which is a thin tube very much like an IV needle, is put into the patient and used.
Because this is an outpatient treatment, after it is over and you have had a short period of time to recover, you will be able to go home to continue your recuperation. After liposuction, patients are not permitted to operate motor vehicles on their own for reasons pertaining to their own safety. For this reason, it’s important to make arrangements to have a responsible adult drive you home on that particular day.
Your Liposuction Recovery Timeline Explained
Before we get into the timeline, to put it simply, it typically takes about six weeks for patients to fully recover from liposuction procedures. In those six weeks you can expect the following:
The First Three Days And Nights
It is imperative that as soon as you get home after the treatment that you lie down and get some rest. You will be provided with a compression garment to wear, and in some cases, little drains will be positioned at the surgical sites in order to prevent fluid accumulation. You will receive comprehensive aftercare instructions from Dr. DuPéré for the drain sites and incisions that were made.
You should expect to feel some pain and discomfort, ranging from mild to moderate, but you will be provided with a prescription for pain medication. During the first three days after surgery, you should restrict your movement to strolling around your house and refrain from using the stairs or lifting anything heavy.
Week One And Two
After the first few days have passed, you will discover that the discomfort is significantly reduced and that you have increased mobility, despite the fact that swelling and bruising will be visible. It is essential that you continue to take care of your incision sites, use your compression garments, and refrain from lifting anything heavy. Nevertheless, you should have an easier time moving around the house, and, depending on the nature of your employment, you should be able to make plans to return to work in around two weeks.
Week Three To The Sixth
After three to four weeks, the majority of the swelling should have gone down, and the pain should be much reduced, if not totally gone. On the other hand, it is not unusual for there to still be some. Your results will start to look better as the swelling and bruising go away, and you should be able to start strolling around your neighborhood and doing some mild exercise as soon as that happens.
Your liposuction recovery should be complete and you should be able to resume your normal activity levels within six weeks of having the procedure done. However, these are simply basic suggestions. During the follow-up appointments, Dr. DuPéré will be able to devise a more individualized treatment strategy for your recovery.
After Several Years
Liposuction can produce long-lasting outcomes in some patients. When all is said and done, the fat that your surgeon cuts away is gone for good. During the healing process following liposuction, as well as in the weeks, months, and years that follow, there are a few things you can do to help keep the results you achieved.
Maintaining a healthy diet is one thing that can be done. If you have had difficulties in the past watching what you eat or simply aren’t sure what is meant by a “healthy diet,” your surgeon can help you put together a plan or recommend you to a nutritionist who can help you if you aren’t sure what is meant by a “healthy diet.”
Enhancing The Recovery From Your Liposuction Procedure
Even if you can’t speed up the healing process, you can improve it up by following these guidelines:
- Consuming a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, lean meats, fruit, and vegetables can provide you with the necessary vitamins and minerals to speed up the healing process and decrease inflammation.
- Consume a lot of water so that you can keep your body hydrated.
- Obtain lots of rest and make sure you get quality sleep during the first few weeks of your recuperation. Rest is one of the most important ingredients in the healing process!
- To avoid getting an infection, make sure to follow the instructions for caring for your incisions, and pay special attention to keeping your bandages clean and dry.
- Keep moving. Even though you won’t be able to work out for a few weeks, it is still crucial that you move around as much as possible. However, we recommend that you take it easy for the first few days. Following that, beginning with brief walks will keep your blood circulating throughout your body, which can boost the healing process.
- Compression garments should be worn so that edema can be reduced, pressure can be maintained on the area, and the results of the liposuction procedure can be preserved.
- Try not to overwork yourself. It is simple to fool yourself into believing that everything is fine and to make attempts to return to your regular habits, but doing so puts you at risk of causing significant injury to yourself. Take it easy and make sure you follow the liposuction recovery advice provided by Dr. DuPéré.
Additional Tips To Help Your Recovery After Liposuction In Toronto
Although you shouldn’t strive to speed up your recovery, there are some additional things you can do to support the way your body naturally recovers from this cosmetic surgery in Toronto.
Surgery is hard on the body, regardless of whether or not you are in good health. A healthy diet is essential to the healing process. Because you probably won’t feel like cooking after your surgery, it is a good idea to prepare some healthful meals in advance. Eat healthily and don’t skip meals if you want to stay healthy.
Include a large quantity of freshly prepared fruits and vegetables in your diet to aid in the healing process and reduce inflammation.
After the procedure, you should drink a lot of broth and water. Hydration is an essential component for a speedy and complete recovery. If you’re looking for a change of pace, try adding some fresh fruit to your water instead.
The best things you can do for your health in the weeks immediately following surgery are to take it easy and get plenty of rest, especially during those first few weeks.
Take A Walk
Light activity, on the other hand, can actually help your body heal more quickly, even though vigorous exercise is not advised during your rehabilitation. If you are feeling up to it, going for some quick walks is a terrific way to keep your body moving without putting too much effort on it.
Ask For Help
When it comes to tasks like cleaning, taking care of young children, or doing errands, it’s always a good idea to enlist the assistance of a friend or member of your family if at all possible. Following surgery, it is highly possible that you will be unable to pick up your children for a few weeks, and having a full schedule of errands will wear you out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Ask Our Toronto Experts About Your Liposuction Recovery Process
Liposuction might be the answer you’ve been looking for if you’ve been desiring a sleeker and more toned physical appearance for some time now. During your consultation, Dr. DuPéré will not only guide you through the procedure in greater depth but will also provide you with additional individualized information pertaining to the recovery process. You can obtain more information by calling our office, or you can get started by filling out the form that is provided on our website.