Liposuction has tremendously become popular in recent years. According to the annual Plastic Surgery Statistics Report, about 258,000 people in the U.S. had the surgery in 2018.
But even though the procedure will give you incredible results, it also has risks that you may have to persevere. Some of the most common risks associated with liposuction include swelling and bruising. Fortunately, these two can disappear after about two weeks. However, the good news is that you can do plenty of things to minimize swelling and speed up your recovery.
Here is how you can reduce swelling after liposuction:
Wear a compression garment
Your surgeon at place pressure on the area of surgery, which forces your body to reabsorb lymphatic fluids so that they don’t build up under the skin and cause swelling. This way, you will see the results of the lipo sooner. These compression garments come in different sizes and shapes, making it easy to find one that suits your body. Be sure to wear compression as prescribed by your surgeon.will prescribe a compression garment for you that you can wear for a few weeks. The compression garment can help you recover speedily after liposuction. Swelling after lipo is usually caused by inflammation and the build-up of lymphatic fluids. Compression garments tend to
Apply ice packs on the treated areas
It is no secret that ice packs can do magic in reducing swelling, bruising, and discomfort after surgery. Applying ice packs or cold compress to swollen areas of your body after liposuction for about 15 minutes an hour can significantly help to reduce swelling within the first and second day after the surgery. But be sure to ask your surgeon to give you instructions on how you can apply cold compress after liposuction and how often the wrong application can cause more harm than good.
Consider undergoing massage therapy.
Some surgeons recommend a specialized type of massage known as manual lymphatic drainage [MLD] for liposuction recovery. This massage is very gentle and can significantly reduce swelling by increasing the drainage of fluids that may accumulate underneath the skin. Before you undergo this massage, check with your doctor first. If they approve it, look for a professional lymphatic drainage masseur twice a week and have this gentle massage. Remember that the massage should be done gently, not to increase discomfort and bruising.
Take short walks daily.
Liposuction surgeons usually advise their patients to take short walks daily during the first few weeks following liposuction. This can help reduce swelling and prevent blood clots. However, this doesn’t mean that you should engage in intense running or walking or other strenuous physical activities. During the first 48 hours after liposuction at, a patient should walk from room to room to prevent blood clots. Liposuction surgeons recommend walking because it can help reduce swelling since it stimulates the lymphatic system, thus preventing the build-up of lymphatic fluids.