Liposuction has been a gold standard in plastic surgery for so many years that many people who have never considered the surgery still know what it entails. Liposuction can target and remove even the most stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
These pockets and their resilience would frustrate anyone; It’s no surprise that both men and women turn to liposuction for a little help. While liposuction is a quick and safe procedure, there are a few things to know to prepare for your surgery.
This Is Not a Weight Loss Program
It may sound contradictory, since liposuction does remove pockets of fat, but liposuction is not intended to be used as an alternative to weight loss. The best liposuction candidates who will achieve the most dramatic results are already at or near their ideal weight.
Liposuction targets pockets of fat, and while this results in the loss of a couple of pounds or inches, it will not bring about substantial weight loss.
Expect to Take Time Off From Work
It is typical to take one week off of work following your procedure to focus on your recovery. You will likely experience some minor bruising and swelling that can last between two and three weeks.
You Will Need to Rest
The best way to recover from any procedure is preparation and rest. Before your surgery, you will be given a prescription for pain medication. It is beneficial to fill this before the day of your surgery so that it is ready for you when you need it. Additionally, having a comfortable spot set up that includes plenty of pillows, healthy and easy-to-prepare food, and convenient access to anything else you think you may require. This will allow for the most comfortable recovery possible.
In the initial days, the best thing to do is rest and relax in a stress-free environment. You should hold off on participating in any strenuous exercise or activity for six weeks, although, getting on your feet for leisurely walks as soon as possible is beneficial to your circulation and will lead to a more swift recovery.