Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that has been FDA-approved and used for decades. Often, it is an integral part of a mommy makeover, a set of procedures designed to restore a woman’s prenatal physique. At Cosmetic Surgery of DFW for Mommy Makeovers in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Dustin C. Derrick, MD has been the lead plastic surgeon for years. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the recovery period that can be expected after lipo.
How Long Is Recovery After Liposuction?
After your liposuction procedure, you may need to take between five and seven days off from work. However, this assumes you don’t have a physically strenuous job. You may have to spend a couple of weeks at home if your job is particularly strenuous.
Also, you should be aware that there will be restrictions regarding what you can lift for four to six weeks. Finally, you need to know that complete recovery from this procedure may take up to three months.
How Can I Shorten My Precovery Period?
Once Dr. Derrick has determined you are a good candidate for liposuction, he will give you an all-inclusive list of post-operative guidelines. If you fail to stick to these rules, your recovery will last longer than it should. On the other hand, if you are diligent in your adherence to the post-operative guidelines, you can expect to enjoy the smoothest possible recovery process. Here’s a brief overview of some of the ways you can shorten your recovery period.
Listen to Dr. Derrick
To experience the shortest possible recovery period, you must listen to Dr. Derrick. You will be advised on your post-treatment care guidelines during your initial consultation. They will be reviewed again after your procedure, and you have plenty of opportunities to ask for clarification on anything you’re unsure of.
If you feel unsure about anything at any time during your recovery process, you are free to call us and ask for clarification. It is far better to be safe and sorry.
Listen to Your Body
You also must listen to your body to experience the shortest liposuction recovery process possible. Eat more soluble fiber and drink more water if you’re feeling less regular than you usually do. Drink more water if you’re feeling a little sluggish. Eat a nutritious snack or drink a cup of water if you’re feeling a little peckish. Take a nap if you’re feeling fairly tired.
Your body communicates what it needs all the time. During your recovery period, you must make a concerted effort to hear the pleas for help and give your body what it needs to heal as quickly as possible.
Take a Complete Course of Antibiotics
Taking a complete course of antibiotics will also ensure your lipo recovery period is as short as possible. You should understand that your antibiotics aren’t a treatment for an existing infection. Rather, they are a preventative tool. The prescription for your antibiotics should be filled before your procedure, and you must take them exactly as prescribed. If you fall ill during your recovery period, your recovery will last several weeks longer than it should.
Go for Regular Walks
Going for regular walks will also decrease your recovery period significantly. Your skin needs a lot of micronutrients to heal. These micronutrients are delivered to the incision sites by your circulatory system. For the most efficient recovery possible, you need to take steps to ensure your circulatory system is strong.
One of the most valuable things you can do for your circulatory system is engaging in gentle exercise regularly. For instance, you can go on easy bike rides, do gentle calisthenics, or walk at an easy pace regularly. Ideally, you should walk at a moderate pace for at least 150 minutes weekly. However, you can’t walk too much as long as you’re listening to your body carefully and resting when you’re tired.
Drink More Water Than You Think You Need to Drink
Hydration is also essential for a rapid recovery period. The more hydrated you are, the stronger your circulatory system is. Also, consuming enough hydrating fluids daily will ensure your skin is hydrated enough to heal itself quickly. It is important to drink more water than you think you need to drink because waiting to drink until you feel thirsty is a recipe for failure.
Your body doesn’t tell you it is thirsty until it has been dehydrated for quite a while. Also, people often don’t pick up on their body’s thirst cues, mistaking their thirst for hunger and reaching for a salty snack. To ensure you’re hydrated, reach for a glass of hydrating liquid, like water, coffee, or tea, every hour for at least eight hours. Also, try to consume foods that are high in water, such as broth-based soups, fruits, and vegetables.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Your body doesn’t just need plenty of water and micronutrients to heal. It also requires lots of energy. To ensure your body has enough energy to heal itself efficiently, do your best to get nine hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly during the first week or two following your procedure. It is highly advisable to try to get nine hours of solid sleep nightly because sleep cycles take 90 minutes to complete. This would give you six complete sleep cycles.
If you feel like you don’t have time to sleep nine hours per night, get at least 7.5 hours and five complete cycles of sleep. Advise the members of your household that you should not be disturbed while you’re sleeping. If you wake up before you get to the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep, you will start from the first phase of sleep whenever you fall back asleep. You won’t pick up where you left off closer to the REM sleep phase.
The Importance of REM Sleep
It is very important to spend as much time in the REM phase of sleep because it is during this time that your body does most of its healing. If you don’t spend enough time in the rapid eye movement phase of sleep, your recovery will take longer because your body will have much less quality time to heal itself.
We will advise you on how to sleep during your initial consultation. Depending on where you are having fat removed from, you may need to wear compression sleeves, a compression band, a compression vest, or compression stockings to bed for a week or two. Also, the location of your fat removal will determine whether you need to sleep on your back or stomach. You want to avoid putting too much pressure on your incision locations as you recover.
Eat Nutritious Meals
Eating nutritious meals is another crucial step you must take to speed up your lipo recovery process. Specifically, it is highly advisable to eat citrus fruits and cruciferous vegetables. These foods are very high in vitamin C because it is high in the building blocks required to produce collagen. Collagen is a crucial protein that plays a major role in healing your skin. You also need plenty of amino acids from foods high in protein to produce collagen. Examples include:
- Game meat
Remember, it is important to eat a little extra soluble fiber if you’re feeling a little irregular. Ideally, you should be eating three grams of soluble fiber for every gram of insoluble fiber you eat. Also, when planning your meals, you should consider the recommendation of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Try to eat 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you eat.
Avoid Foods That Cause Inflammation
Unfortunately, it isn’t enough to eat healthy foods if you want your lipo recovery period to be as short as possible. You must also refrain from eating foods that cause inflammation during the first week or two following your treatment. Examples include:
- Fried foods
- Baked goods
- Processed meats
- Refined grains
- Sugary cereals and breakfast bars
Discover How To Sculpt Your Desired Contours Today
Liposuction is a very effective body contouring method that can entail up to three months of recovery. However, you shouldn’t need to take more than a week off from work, and there are only exercise restrictions for four to six weeks.
If you think a Mommy Makeover would restore your self-confidence, call us today at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Dustin C. Derrick, MD. We can’t wait to help you get back your prenatal body.