Despite all the latest fat-concentrating surgeries coming out today, many individuals still prefer to undergo the oldie but goodie liposuction. Indeed, it has been a perfect solution to remove localized fats in the body. And up until today, it still is trusted by many. Aside from thinking of how you can manage the surgery, it’s also wise to think what you can expect after.
Read along and discover how you should go about the recovery stage of suction-assisted Lipectomy.
What to expect after liposuction?
- Drowsiness – regardless of the type of liposuction surgery you underwent drowsiness will never be erased. Usually, it will last for up to 48 hours after surgery. Depending on the amount of the fat that has been removed, drowsiness can last for up to 4 days with gradual lessening.
- Vomiting – nausea and vomiting are also common in most liposuction patients. However, this will only last for a maximum of 2 days. You can treat vomiting by giving your tongue a taste of sweetness from healthy food such as honey.
- Wounds – technically, liposuction will leave you with wounds. It caused by the cannula tube which is used to draw off fats from your body. Proper wound care after liposuction is crucial.
How to care for wounds?
- Change the dressing – Most liposuction patients have to deal with dressing their wounds. Although you can do it by yourself, it’s still wise to have someone else do it. It’s advisable to remove and change one dressing at a time. This is to lessen the risk of infection.
- Wash with mild soap – Unlike other typical wounds, incisions from Lipo may be a bit sensitive. It’s advisable to wash it once or twice a day with extremely mild soap. Afterwards, gently pat it with clean dry towel. Be sure that your hands are free from any germs before cleaning your wounds. It’s also advisable for you to take 15-minute baths for at least 1 week.
- Antibiotics – If you think your wound has been infected, it’s a big no-no to take any antibiotic on your own. Call your physician or doctor and schedule a check-up. Although antibiotics are fine, it’s still wise to consult initially. This is to ensure that you’re taking the right meds. It’s also advisable to take any med after a meal.
- Keep the area bound – This is an SOP in every liposuction surgery. Keeping the wounded area bound and tight will spare it from sagging and further damage. However, you should also ensure that it’s not too tight. You should also ensure that your binder is clean.
- Petroleum jelly – It’s not unusual for wounds to feel itchy every now and then. Instead of scratching it, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the surroundings of the wound. This will soothe the itchy feeling, sparing the wound to be scratched.
- Steer away from aspirin – If antibiotics are tolerable at some point, aspirin has a different story. Never take aspirin or any aspirin-containing meds for at least 2 weeks after the surgery. This is not going to ease your wound concerns. It will jut increase the bleeding and bruising.
- Stay away from direct sunlight – Few days after the operation, you will be allowed to walk around and do light activities. However, you should avoid staying from direct sunlight. Whether or not the wounds have already healed, sunlight can cause problems regarding it. You should refrain from applying sun block on the wounds especially if it’s not fully healed yet.
Risks during the recovery stage
Infected wound is considered as the most common risk during Lipo recovery. This is caused by wrong treatment and caring for the wounds. It’s advisable not to do any curing methods if you’re unsure about it. Always keep the wounded areas clean but refrain from using too strong cleansers such as alcohol and strong soap.
Thrombophlebitis is yet another risk you should be cautious about. It happens when the blood vessels inflame and swell abnormally. It usually lasts for up to 1 month depending on how much fat was taken out. It also gradually disappears on its own.
Liposuction is indeed an effective surgery. If you think the gym cannot help with those excess fats, Lipo sure can do magic. However, you should also realize that it’s not all positive. Risks and side effects will always be present. Not to mention the wounds that you have to take good care of if you don’t want to deal with infections. Keep in mind that liposuction is just an operation. Maintaining a good-looking physique will still rely on your diet and physical activities.