How to ensure a smooth and successful Vaser Liposuction Recovery?
Vaser liposuction has proven to be an effective method for eliminating stubborn fat pockets without causing much damage to surrounding tissue. Although the surgical procedure is less invasive, you need to take utmost care of your body during your recovery period to attain your new aesthetic and contoured body shape.
This blog post outlines every detail you need to know, from what to expect post-procedure to aftercare tips, that help you get on the right track for trouble-free and smooth Vaser liposuction recovery. So, let us jump right in!
What to expect following your Vaser Liposuction?
If you had Vaser Liposuction, you should be cautious of what to expect for the few days following your surgery. Here is a quick rundown of the changes that your body undergoes for a couple of days post-surgery:
- It is normal that you will leak blood-stained fluid from your incisions for at least 24 hours following surgery. So, it is advisable to sit or lie down on towels covered with plastic-backed sheets until the leakage has stopped.
- You may experience pain and discomfort as Vaser liposuction to the abdomen often causes swelling and bruising to the lower groin and pubic area due to gravity.
- Do not be surprised as swelling and bruising will be high for the initial 7 days following surgery.
- You will begin to see the results after 6-8 weeks and the best possible surgical results within 6 months.
9 effective recovery tips for a speedy Vaser Liposuction Recovery:
Wear compression Garment:It is highly recommendable to wear your compression garment for 6 weeks following your surgery. However, your surgeon will advise you on the duration of the garment, based on your skin laxity. Also, you should adjust the garment slightly to make it firm but not too tight, as you swell the following day after your surgery.
Care your surgical site: Although Vaser Liposuction is not an invasive surgery, your incisions are purposefully left open to allow free drainage of fluid. So, appropriate care should be taken to avoid infections during your recovery period. Do not wear tight attire or belts for at least 4 weeks following your surgery, as they will cause indentations on the operated area.
Post-operative MLD Massage: Post-surgery, you should get a manual lymphatic drainage massage to reduce swelling and expel excess fluids. It is important to massage firmly and press to disperse lumps as they will smooth out, if enough pressure is applied. Please do not feel low by the pain, as it is crucial to avoid complications and achieve smooth results.
However, ensure to take pain relief prior to your MLD Massage and keep following this for 2-3 massages per week, for 3 weeks for optimal results.
Follow proper medication: You will experience some post-operative pain as well as discomfort and pain relief will be given to you to take home. Also, you should complete the course of antibiotics, as prescribed to you to help further reduce the risk of infection. If you feel constipated or bloated by taking pain medication, you can take senna or a similar over-the-counter remedy from the pharmacy.
No more slouching: Slouching, which you frequently do at your workplace desk or while driving, should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after the abdomen Vaser. Make sure to sit and stand erect, as slouching will cause creases, which can be hard to erase. It is highly recommendable to wear your Velcro binder as it will stop you from slouching, giving you smooth results.
Diet: Remember to eat a balanced diet including fruit, vegetables and proteins. Also, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to avoid dehydration and aid healing. Go on a low fat, low carb diet as this will burn up the internal fat around your body organs enhancing your aesthetic results.
Activity & exercise: It is recommended to avoid driving for the first 1-2 weeks following surgery to avoid unnecessary pressure. Also, you should refrain from heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for at least 6-8 weeks following your surgery. You can go only go for a gentle walk to avoid blood clotting problems. Also, it is not advisable to lie still in one position, as fluid will pool resulting in swelling; so, try to keep moving around a bit.
Avoid drinking and smoking: Drinking alcohol and smoking will delay and complicate your healing process. It is not advisable to recommence smoking or be around smokers until you have completely healed, as this can delay wound healing and increase infection risk. You should refrain from smoking and alcohol for at least 3 months following your surgery.
Set Realistic Expectations: If you had Vaser Liposuction, it is important to set realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for your body. Remember that the goal of fat removal is body contouring but not weight loss. Even though it can only shed a few pounds, it targets your stubborn fat pockets resulting in a toned and sculpted appearance.
Finally, please make sure you stick to your follow-up appointment schedule to avoid complications and ensure a smooth recovery.
When to call for help?
In case of a medical emergency, the following symptoms should be observed. Call 999 if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden chest pain
- Sudden bleeding
- Spike in body temperature
- Signs of DVT such as calf pain and swelling
We know how difficult the recovery process can be, especially when you are trying to find the right way to move forward. We hope that our tips have been helpful in your recovery process. If you have any concerns or questions about your recovery, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr Deemesh Oudit. Give us a call on 0161 989 1234 for further information.